New leadership at Sustainability Victoria
Three new directors have been appointed to join the Sustainability Victoria (SV) executive leadership team and lead the organisation through the next phase of the delivery of the SV2020 strategy.
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.
“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,” Krypan says. “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,” he says. “This new integrated division will focus on implementing the strategic direction of the Statewide Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Plan and Victoria’s resource recovery strategies.”
Carl Muller will continue in his role as director of corporate services.
Katie Pahlow joins SV most recently from consulting on community engagement for the Governor of Victoria. Prior to that, she has a long history 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 orang-utans and the palm oil industry won the 2011 Banksia Award. 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. Overton has qualifications in geological science and project management.
Stephanie Ziersch joins SV from 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. Ziersch has qualifications in law, international law, and international relations.
Jonathan Leake has been appointed director of resource recovery. He will continue to lead statewide planning for waste and resource recovery infrastructure as well as implementation of Victoria’s market development, organics and education strategies, and SV’s investment facilitation and date services. Leake has qualifications in property, construction and environmental law.
Carl Muller has spent the last five years leading the reform and improvement of government organisation at SV. Previously, he spent 10 years at the Meteorological Office in the UK and the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, working on various projects including the establishment of Australia’s Tsunami Warning System – Australia’s response to the 2004 Indonesian tsunami. Muller is a qualified Oceanographic Engineer.
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