About the Product Stewardship Centre of Excellence

The Product Stewardship Centre of Excellence is an independent, not for profit charity, that seeks to reduce waste generation and create positive environmental and social outcomes through sustainable product design, resource conservation, product reuse, and recycling.

The Centre helps businesses, industries, and product stewardship organisations adopt a product stewardship approach to deliver their ESG and circular economy objectives.  Product stewardship is a key implementation pathway for manufacturers and brands to operationalise ESG policies and circular economy principles objectives. 

It also provides independent advice on product stewardship priorities to the Australian government.

Our Mission

To accelerate the uptake of product stewardship in Australia by mentoring, educating, and activating stakeholders across product and material supply chains. 

Our Vision

To see the wide scale adoption of product and material stewardship principles into business models that reduce waste generation and create positive environmental and social outcomes through good design, improved resource productivity, and sustainable reuse. 

Our Team

Rose Read

Rose Read

Director

Product Stewardship Centre of Excellence

John Gertsakis

John Gertsakis

Director

Product Stewardship Centre of Excellence

Prof Damien Giurco

Prof Damien Giurco

Director

UTS Institute for Sustainable Futures

Spyro Kalos

Spyro Kalos

General Manager

Product Stewardship Centre of Excellence

Tim Powell

Tim Powell

Director Communications

Dentsu Creative

Louise McGrath

Louise McGrath

Director

Australian Industry Group (Ai Group)

Dr Nick Florin

Dr Nick Florin

Principal Adviser

UTS Institute for Sustainable Futures

Molly Knox

Molly Knox

Advisor

Australian Industry Group (Ai Group)

Specialist Advisers

In addition to core Centre staff and associates, a group of Specialist Advisers is involved in projects, whitepapers, training, tools, and information resources across diverse areas of technical, environmental, commercial and legal expertise. From design and manufacturing, through to OH&S, logistics, marketing and digital innovation, the Centre’s Specialist Advisers will be utilised as required project by project.

Advisers hold experience and knowledge across several areas of capability relevant to achieving stewardship success, including:

  • Design, innovation and alternative stewardship approaches
  • Reuse, repair, recycling and resource recovery
  • Sustainability strategy and environmental management
  • Supply chain and logistics management
  • Product life cycle management and life-cycle assessment
  • Governance and organisational models
  • Business planning and financial/economic analysis
  • Compliance including OH&S and regulatory monitoring
  • Digital technologies and tools
  • Risk management and legal expertise on competition issues
  • Community and Indigenous engagement, communications and marketing

Currently, advisers are being drawn from the following organisations:

  • Bestrane
  • Clean Up Australia
  • Design Institute of Australia
  • Harford Consulting
  • Good Design Australia
  • King & Wood Mallesons
  • Monash University Design / Blue Sky Creative
  • RPS Group
  • Empauer
  • Uplift Consulting
  • Verus
  • WSP

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