Volunteer your expertise

We are always on the lookout for experts in the natural resource management, energy, conservation, waste management, education, and communications fields to assist with judging our entries each year.

If you, or someone you know, would be interested in contributing to NSW’s longest running sustainability awards program we would love to hear from you.

To register your interest, please email


Thank you to our awards judges who do an amazing job reviewing and scoring all of the entries each year.
There is an amazing wealth of knowledge, expertise and experience across the panel and we are extremely grateful for the time and support our judges so generously give.

Peter Clark

Managing Director,
Calleo Green

Peter operates a consultancy that offers services across a diverse range of areas including emergency management, incident training, bushfire risk assessment and environmental protection and assessment.

For over two decades, Peter has served as an assessor for the long-running Keep Australia Beautiful NSW Tidy Towns program, and more recently the Sustainable Cities program.

For a number of years, he has also acted as an assessor and judge for the internationally renowned annual open space awards program, Green Flag Award.

Doug MacDonald

Doug is an Urban Designer, specialising in the planning, design and building of sustainable and resilient communities.

He brings to the Tidy Towns Competition expertise in environmental management, heritage, architecture, civil engineering, landscape architecture and public sector management. He has been on ‘both sides of the fence’, working with specialist consultants, councils and property developers.

Doug has a deep understanding of Torres Strait Islander & Aboriginal culture and an affinity with rural Australia having grown up in the Torres Strait Islands and Papua New Guinea and attended boarding school in rural Australia.

Tasneem Rangwala

PhD Aspirant, ISF UTS –
Developing Adaptive Planning Framework

Tasneem is a 2020 National Council of Women NSW Australia Day Award winner for research achievements.

She is a dedicated leader driving change towards environmental enhancements. Her skills include environmental impacts assessments, project management, overseeing strategic regulatory programs, compliance audits and driving efficiency via enhancing quality of processes.

Tasneem has over 25 years’ experience working across a range of industries including Environmental Consultancy, State Government Regulatory Authorities and the Biomedical Engineering field.

Matthew Taylor

Owner/Director, Heart HR

As a former CEO of Keep Australia Beautiful NSW. Matthew brings over 7 years’ experience from his time managing the organisation, including the Tidy Towns program.

Since leaving KAB, Matthew held a number of roles but his passion for the environment has remained.

Currently, Matt runs his own HR consultancy to support small to medium sized businesses – including many not-for-profit organisations.

Dr Trevor Thornton

Senior Lecturer – Hazardous  Materials Management, Deakin University

Trevor is currently employed as a Senior Lecturer at Deakin University and also consults widely on processes to develop and implement programs to reduce environmental impacts for a broad range of industry sectors.

Trevor has a wealth of experience, particularly in areas associated with waste management.

Trevor has been working in various aspects of the waste management industry for over 30 years as a regulator and consultant.

Ana Corpuz

Senior Operations Policy Officer with Major Programs, NSW Environment Protection Authority

Ana has over 25 years experience in strategic and operational policy and planning, regulatory review, project management, technical analysis, research and reporting, communication, stakeholder engagement, organisational systems, benchmarking and process improvement, governance framework setting and compliance monitoring.

Her focus areas are on environment and sustainability, water and catchment management, air quality, climate change, waste management, mining and exploration, land use, zoning and redevelopment, transport, contract management and mentoring.

Chris Tola

Manager, Skilled Workforce Program, Regional Development Australia & Publisher, Surfing Roadies

Chris has had an active involvement with many organisations including Surfrider Foundation, Take 3, the Australian Coastal Society, the Australian Radioactivity Protections and Nuclear Safety Agency, National Parks and Wildlife and the EPA.

Since 2002, Chris has periodically been the Keep Australia Beautiful Clean Beach Challenge National Assessor and State Judge, and the Tidy Towns Assessor; and was the Keep Australia Beautiful (NSW) Program Manager for Clean Beach Challenge and the Tidy Towns Program (2002 – 2005).

Lynda Newnam

Principal, Citizen Science Partnerships

Lynda has extensive project management experience in higher education as well as environment and 25 years in volunteering, from environment to heritage and tourism.

She is qualified in primary school teaching, has undergraduate  degrees specialising in linguistics, anthropology and politics, and a Master’s in Environmental Management.

Jeanne-Vida Douglas

Marketing and Communications Manager, TerraCycle ANZ

As an award-winning marketer, business journalist, and author, JV spent the first half of her career advocating for sustainable solutions within software start-ups, the media, and professional services. She transitioned to work directly for companies focussed on sustainability after witnessing the devastation caused by the 2019-20 bushfires.

JV worked in innovative renewable energy companies Nectr and 5B prior to joining TerraCycle, and is passionate about increasing access to, and awareness of, recycling solutions throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Paula Clasby

Senior Manager, Business Development, TerraCycle ANZ

Paula is a creative, marketing, and business development professional with extensive experience supporting businesses to advance positive environmental and social change. She has worked in various sectors including health, marketing, design, print, hospitality, and over 10 years within sustainability and the built environment. Prior to TerraCycle, Paula worked with GECA (Good Environmental Choice Australia), helping individuals and businesses to advance the circular economy.

Paula prioritises purpose in all her work, drawing on her passion to drive TerraCycle’s mission in Eliminating the Idea of Waste®.

Nicole Wong

Community Marketing Associate, TerraCycle ANZ

Nicole Wong is a communication specialist with nearly a decade of expertise in community engagement. She makes a difference by zeroing in on sustainable, for-purpose businesses, such as Soul of Chinatown and 107 Projects, helping them amplify their messages and impact.

Through her dedication and insight, Nicole bridges the gap between companies and communities, fostering relationships that drive positive change. Currently, Nicole spearheads the expansion of a network of recyclers for TerraCycle across Australia and New Zealand.