About Us

Our Organisation

Container Exchange (COEX) is the not-for-profit organisation set up to establish and run the Containers for Change scheme (https://www.containersforchange.com.au/) in Queensland.

Its focus is on reducing beverage container litter, increasing recycling efforts and helping the community to benefit through charities, community groups and not-for-profit organisations participating in the scheme.

COEX aims to raise beverage container recycling recovery rates from 44 per cent to 85 per cent by 2022.

Queensland is the fifth state or territory to adopt a container refund scheme, following the lead of South Australia, the Northern Territory, New South Wales and the ACT.

South Australia has had a container refund scheme in place since 1977, with 76.9 per cent of the containers used there in 2017-18 recovered for recycling. Containers make up less than three per cent of litter in South Australia; a fraction of the 44 per cent of litter found in Queensland before the launch of the Containers for Change scheme.

Before the scheme’s commencement, kerbside recycling was offered by 31 of Queensland’s 77 Council areas, so containers previously had a greater chance of ending up in landfill or litter than of being recycled.

The introduction of the Containers for Change scheme will give around 45 local government areas access to recycling for the first time.

Our Board

Mark O’Brien – Chairman

Mark O’Brien has more than 30 years’ experience in western Queensland in the private and public sectors, with extensive experience in logistics in rural and remote areas of the state. Mark served as Mayor of Murweh Shire Council for eight years from 2004-12, and for six of these years, was a Queensland Local Government Grants Commissioner. Having developed the concept of ‘cluster fencing’ he was appointed as a Queensland Government Wild Dog Fence Commissioner, and more recently as a Queensland Drought Commissioner. After helping to corporatise the Save the Bilby Fund as its inaugural Chairman, Mark then served nine years as Chair of the South Western Natural Resource Management Group.

Jeff Maguire – Director

Jeff Maguire has more than 35 years of supply chain experience encompassing manufacturing and logistics in a variety of roles and functions, including line management, project management and strategic management roles. He has been with Coca-Cola Amatil for 27 years and is leading its participation in Container Refund Schemes (CRS) across Australia. Jeff’s global connections tap into a comprehensive knowledge base of active CRS operations from around the world to assist with successful local implementation.

Keith Allan – Director

Keith Allan has more than 30 years’ experience in treasury and corporate finance during his time at Coca-Cola Amatil. He brings his experience in risk management to the Board, with exposure to a wide range of banking and financial markets. A key facet of this experience is his involvement in the development and maintenance of key relationships with stakeholders and establishing a dynamic environment of acquisitions and divestments throughout the Asia Pacific region as well as Central and Eastern Europe. Keith has held the role of Group Treasurer at Coca-Cola Amatil for the past eight years.

Richard Ballinger – Director

Richard Ballinger is a highly experienced lawyer and General Counsel who has worked with Fast-Moving Consumer Goods businesses both as General Counsel and in large private practice firms, as well as in management and on leadership teams. He is skilled in partnering business leaders and their functions and managing their issues, including regulatory and compliance, joint ventures, brand partnership agreements, customer and supply agreements, distribution arrangements, product liability and dispute resolution. Richard has previously held roles as Director on the Boards of two joint venture companies.

Mark Powell – Director

Mark Powell is the National Sales Director for Lion Nathan Australia, holding various regional sales positions in Adelaide and Brisbane before relocating to Sydney in 2008 as Lion’s Regional Sales Director. Prior to his 15 years at Lion, Mark spent eight years with Coca-Cola Amatil and a further eight with PwC in Sydney and London.

Dominique Tim So – Director

Dominique Tim So is a Senior Lawyer for James Cook University, having previously worked in private practice as a General Counsel for an ASX-listed company. She has practised in Property, Corporate and Commercial Law. Dominique has acted on behalf of small to large businesses, high net worth individuals, private and public companies, not-for-profit organisations and government corporations across a wide array of industries. Dominique has held previous Director’s positions with government-owned corporation Port of Townsville Limited and the statutory not-for-profit Townsville Hospital Foundation.

Andrew Clark – Director

Andrew Clark has more than 20 years’ experience providing assurance, financial management, consulting, governance and risk management services and has held a range of executive finance positions. He is a Partner with Assured Business providing enterprise resource planning and business transformation services with a focus on improving governance, risk and compliance. Before leading a national consulting practice, Andrew was a Chief Financial Officer with Airservices Australia, providing financial strategic management for one of the world’s leading air traffic control and fire rescue providers during a period of industry and service delivery change.

Monica Bradley – Director

Monica Bradley has more than 30 years of strategy and technology experience. She works with organisations to transform and thrive in the innovation economy by crafting business models enabled by technology and centred around genuine customer needs. Monica brings leadership in strategic discussions to the Board to help better understand the risks and opportunities of the changing economy and exercise informed judgement in strategy design, talent attraction and investments. She draws on her global network to connect the capital, technology, talent and customers which create sustainable ventures delivering human prosperity. Monica currently sits as a Non-Executive Director on the Boards of BenchOn, Umano, City Smart and Brisbane Marketing and the Advisory Boards of 2017 Riskwise, Five Good Friends, QBDF Co-Investment Venture Fund (Investment Review Member) and the Minister for Innovation’s Advisory Council.

Our Executive

Ken Noye – Chief Executive Officer

Ken Noye brings more than 25 years’ specialist experience in sustainable growth, logistics and supply chain leadership and operations to COEX. Before becoming CEO at COEX, Ken held various executive management and leadership roles at Toll Holdings Ltd for a 13-year period. His logistic and supply chain operations career continued at Mountain Industries as Chief Operating Officer; and at Kiah Consulting and Aurizon as Commercial Director and Supply Chain Executive Leader.

Glenda Viner – General Manager of Corporate and Community Relations

Glenda Viner has a strong background in media, communications and stakeholder engagement with more than 25 years’ experience in the field. Glenda has worked in a wide range of public and private sector roles including Queensland Health, South Bank Corporation, TransLink, and Arrow Energy. She has extensive experience building and sustaining an organisations’ social performance credentials through proactive stakeholder and community engagement.

Jason Swemmer – General Manager of Audit, Risk and Compliance

Jason Swemmer has more than 20 years’ experience as a proven audit and risk professional across numerous functions, countries and sectors. He began his career at PwC in South Africa and has since worked in leading companies including Deloitte, BDO and Racing Queensland. Jason also has previous experience working in the recycling industry at Cleanaway Waste Management Ltd where he served as Head of Audit and Risk.

Aaron Rodman – General Manager of Finance and Commercial

Aaron Rodman is an experienced commercial and finance leader having worked across Australia within the logistics industry and with global financial advisory firms. Prior to commencing with COEX, he spent eight years with ASX-listed Aurizon, leading the business development and commercial analysis teams, as well as holding other finance and commercial roles. A chartered accountant, Aaron developed his skills at two of the world’s leading financial advisory organisations, Deloitte and Crowe Horwath.

Shaun Fraser – General Manager of Operations

Shaun Fraser is an experienced executive with more than 20 years experience owning and delivering financial, commercial and operational solutions for ASX listed and global sector leaders. Shaun has worked in the manufacturing, industrial services and transport & distribution sectors for industry leaders, Energy Australia, TOLL and Cleanaway. His experience includes more than a decade of leading results-driven teams to provide geographically-dispersed services and operating models. He has worked in complex, high transactional environments. With a background in accounting and finance, Shaun has a high-level understanding of governance and risk mitigation. He is a results-driven professional who embraces diversity, balances stakeholder interests, communicates vision and plans effectively to deliver goals. He is well-versed in the risks of operational environments, and is committed to behavioural safety.

Complaints Handling Policy

Container Exchange is committed to managing all complaints in an accountable, transparent and timely
way. Complaints can be lodged by any member of the public or any other stakeholders. Please see below contact details if you wish to lodge a complaint.

Please see here to view COEX’s Complaints Handling Process.

Contact Us

For any enquiries, please contact COEX at enquiries@containerexchange.com.au or call 13 42 42.