New directors for Sustainability Victoria

Three new Directors have been appointed to join the Sustainability Victoria executive leadership team.

Stan Krpan, Chief Executive Officer at Sustainability Victoria, welcomed the appointment of Katie Pahlow as Director of Communications and Marketing; Warren Overton as Director of Business and Built Environment; and Stephanie Ziersch as Director of Communities and Climate Change.

The new directors will lead the organisation through the next phase of the delivery of the SV2020 strategy – which focuses on working with the Victorian community to take action on climate change, energy, materials efficiency and waste.

“I’m pleased to announce that we have now filled these three important roles in our executive leadership team and continue to deliver our SV2020 strategy,” Mr Krpan said.

“We recognised that in order to maximise our impact and reach our communications and engagement functions, this required executive leadership.

“With a new structure in place, we can focus on the needs of key stakeholder groups, deliver new programs in climate change and energy, and maintain our leadership in statewide waste and resource recovery.

“We have also combined our waste planning and programs divisions which will be led by Jonathan Leake as Director. This new integrated division will focus on implementing the strategic direction of the SWRRIP and Victoria’s resource recovery strategies,” Mr Krpan said.

Carl Muller will continue in his role as Director of Corporate Services.

Katie Pahlow joins the team with a background in community engagement for the Governor of Victoria. Prior to that, Ms Pahlow served as Director of Communications at Zoos Victoria, bringing executive leadership on behaviour change campaigns, integrated marketing, brand building and customer focus. Her ‘Don’t Palm Us Off’ campaign about orangutans and the palm oil industry won the 2011 Banksia Award. Ms Pahlow has qualifications in zoology science and education.

Warren Overton leaves behind his role as Chief Executive Officer at the Australian Glass and Glazing Association where he played a key role in helping to develop the Green Star rating tool. He has extensive experience in government and consulting, and has delivered multi-million dollar sustainability programs at ANU. Mr Overton has qualifications in geological science and project management.

Stephanie Ziersch joins the team after previously working at the Department of Water, Environment and Natural Resources in South Australia where she served as Director of Climate Change Projects. She brings 20 years of experience in senior climate change leadership including developing South Australia’s Climate Adaptation Plan, low carbon strategy and stakeholder engagement. Ms Ziersch has qualifications in law, international law, and international relations.

Pictured: Stan Krpan, Chief Executive Officer at Sustainability Victoria.

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