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Our organisation

COEX aims to increase beverage container recycling recovery rates to 85% by 2022.

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

South Australia has had a container refund scheme in place since 1977, with 76.9% of the containers used there in 2017-18 recovered for recycling. Containers make up less than 3% of all litter in South Australia; a fraction of the 44% of litter found in Queensland before the launch of the Containers for Change scheme.

Before the scheme’s commencement, kerbside recycling was offered by only 31 of Queensland’s 77 council areas. 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.

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Our values

Customers & Community

We work closely with our customers and communities to safely deliver accessible services and opportunities.

Environment & Sustainability

We protect and enhance Queensland's environment by delivering a sustainable, world-class scheme.

Respect

The core of our relationships – we value our people and stakeholders, and treat them with professionalism and respect.

Integrity

Courage, honesty and resilience underpins our culture, relationships, behaviour and decision-making.

Ownership & Accountability

We take responsibility for our actions so we can deliver on our goals.

Our Board

The COEX Board is made up of nine leaders in business and innovation, including representatives from beverage, manufacturing, and logistics industries. The Board meets regularly and reports to the Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Minister for Science, and Minister for the Arts on its operations and achievements. The Board Charter can be found here.

Mark O’Brien AM

Mark O’Brien AM

Chairman

Mark O’Brien AM has more than 30 years experience in western Queensland in both private and public sectors,...

Mark O’Brien AM has more than 30 years experience in western Queensland in both private and public sectors, with extensive experience in logistics for 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.

Keith Allan

Keith Allan

Director

Keith Allan has more than 30 years experience in treasury and corporate finance during his time at Coca-Cola...

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. He has established 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

Richard Ballinger

Director

Richard Ballinger is a highly experienced lawyer and General Counsel who has worked with Fast-Moving Consumer Goods businesses...

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.

Monica Bradley

Monica Bradley

Director

Monica Bradley has more than 30 years of strategy and technology experience. She works with organisations to transform...

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.

Andrew Clark

Andrew Clark

Director

Andrew Clark has more than 20 years experience providing assurance, financial management, consulting, governance and risk management services...

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.

Karen Foelz

Karen Foelz

Director

Karen Foelz is a beverage entrepreneur and advocate for healthy living. The founder of Spring & Grove, a...

Karen Foelz is a beverage entrepreneur and advocate for healthy living. The founder of Spring & Grove, a naturally flavoured sparkling spring water with zero calories, zero sweeteners and zero preservatives, Karen is passionate about entrepreneurship and innovation. In 2017, Karen was a finalist for the Women in Technology Sue Wickenden Startup Entrepreneur Award and the Women’s Agenda Emerging Entrepreneur Award. Karen is deeply involved in the evolution of the startup ecosystem at QUT, contributing to the university wide initiative to significantly grow the support for student, alumni and staff founders.

Jeff Maguire

Jeff Maguire

Director

Jeff Maguire has more than 35 years of supply chain experience, encompassing manufacturing and logistics in a variety...

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.

Mark Powell

Mark Powell

Director

Mark Powell is the National Sales Director for Lion Nathan Australia, holding various regional sales positions in Adelaide...

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

Dominique Tim So

Director

Dominique Tim So is a Senior Lawyer for James Cook University, having previously worked in private practice as...

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.

Our Executive

Ken Noye

Ken Noye

Chief Executive Officer

Ken Noye brings more than 25 years specialist experience in sustainable growth, logistics and supply chain leadership and...

Ken Noye brings more than 25 years specialist experience in sustainable growth, logistics and supply chain leadership and operations to COEX. Before becoming Chief Executive Officer 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.

Shaun Fraser

Shaun Fraser

General Manager – Operations

Shaun Fraser is an experienced executive with more than 20 years experience owning and delivering financial, commercial and...

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 and 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.

Aaron Rodman

Aaron Rodman

General Manager – Finance and Commercial

Aaron Rodman is an experienced commercial and finance leader having worked across Australia within the logistics industry and...

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.

Glenda Viner

Glenda Viner

General Manager – Corporate and Community Relations

Glenda Viner has a strong background in media, communications and stakeholder engagement with more than 25 years experience...

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 organisations’ social performance credentials through proactive stakeholder and community engagement.

Jason Swemmer

Jason Swemmer

General Manager – Audit, Risk and Compliance

Jason Swemmer has more than 20 years experience as a proven audit and risk professional across numerous functions,...

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.