The President of the Australian Council of Recycling (ACOR), Peter Tamblyn, has announced the appointment of Cameron O’Reilly as the organisation’s new Chief Executive Officer, effective from 18 January.
O’Reilly will replace Pete Shmigel, who earlier this month announced his departure from the role after three successful years in which ACOR has influenced a range of positive developments in the recycling sector, culminating in passage of the Recycling and Waste Reduction Bill 2020 by the Federal Parliament.
O’Reilly has most recently been an Executive Director and Principal Energy Advisor in the Energy, Climate Change & Sustainability directorate of the NSW Department of Planning, Industry & Environment.
As well as having experience in government and policy development at both a state and national level, O’Reilly has spent over a decade in Chief Executive roles in industry bodies covering the energy and aged care sectors.
O’Reilly is also a former Fulbright Professional Scholar and in 2009 undertook a comparative public policy study of the impact of emissions reduction policies on the energy generation sectors of the United States and Australia.
Tamblyn said the ACOR board were delighted to have attracted a candidate of O’Reilly’s credentials and experience, and believed it reflected the growing importance of recycling and the circular economy to Australia’s economic and environmental future.
O’Reilly said it was an exciting time to be joining the recycling sector, as the circular economy becomes a priority policy area for all governments in Australia.
“Recycling and the circular economy has the potential to deliver an immediate boost to jobs, the environment and economic recovery as Australia comes out of the COVID-19 economic downturn,” he said.
“The key to unlocking the immediate and long-term economic, emissions and environmental benefits of the circular economy is a stable, supportive and bipartisan approach to policy, something I intend to pursue on behalf of ACOR members.”