OUR TEAM

Meet the incredible team behind Keep Australia Beautiful NSW.

KEEP AUSTRALIA BEAUTIFUL NSW TEAM

VAL SOUTHAM

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

OLIVER BATTEN

Community Engagement & Programs Manager 

KAREN SOO

Partnerships Manager 

HAILEY DURHAM

Education Program Manager

DEBORAH KELLY

Administration & Program Support

MARC HARPER

Educator

BOARD MEMBERS

KAY VEITCH

Chair

An experienced board member and organisational ombudsman, Kay has more than 25 years executive leadership experience in commercial organisations that include Qantas Airways, Virgin Australia Airlines and GWA Group.

Having held Non-Executive Director roles with CARE Australia and Bestest, Kay is currently a Non-Executive Director with Evolve Community Housing, ASPECT Studios Pty Ltd and Greater Sydney Local Land Services.

DAVID CARTER

Deputy Chair

David was Lion Group Environment and Business Continuity Director from 2005 to 2014. This followed his earlier career in engineering and supply chain, at Proctor and Gamble and Lend Lease. Prior to this David was appointed to Lion China as China Operations Director, Joint Managing Director and Business Development Director.

David is also the Current Chair of Keep Australia Beautiful National, member of the New Zealand Environment Ministers Waste Advisory Board, and Chair of the CSIRO’s Earth Systems and Climate Change Hub Stakeholder Advisor Group.

VAL SOUTHAM

Executive Director

Val has been a senior executive in the environment industry for 30 years, and CEO and Executive Director of KAB NSW for three years.

She has had senior environmental affairs roles in major corporates in the packaging industry and was the Chief Executive Officer of the Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) for 15 years.

Val has served on multiple boards and government advisory committees including the Federal Government’s Product Stewardship Advisory Committee, the Oil Stewardship Advisory Council, the National Packaging Covenant Council and the National Packaging Industry Association.

ANDREW BEST

After a 37-year long career in teaching, Andrew is the recently retired principal of Harrington Park Public School.

Andrew was the recipient of the 2008 Churchill Fellowship for Environmental Education. He is a trained facilitator for the Franklin Covey Seven Habits of Highly Effective People; and Great Teams, Great Leaders, Great Results programs. Andrew was previously Chairman of Macarthur Sustainable Schools Network, a position he held for 10 years.

Andrew is currently a part time Educational Leadership Consultant/Mentor with Climate Reality Leadership Corp operating through University of Melbourne.

HARRY PETROPOULOS

Harry is joint Managing Director of Red Pill Holdings Pty Ltd (trading as Red Pill Performance Consultants).

Red Pill consults to public, private and NFP organisations on business performance and board governance.

Harry has been the senior torch-bearer on several significant business transformation programs. He has held leadership roles at Laminex Industries, Lion Nathan, Boral and George Weston Foods.

Harry is a registered psychologist.

GERARD VELAYUTHEN

Gerard has held senior executive and non-executive board roles in aerospace, mining services and infrastructure projects. He is currently director and shareholder of Velconsult International Pty Ltd and a Fellow member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

He brings to KAB NSW experience in formulation and execution of business strategies, business development, financial and operational management and a proven track record as a Finance Director/Chief Operating Officer in multinational companies.

ALVIN PIADASA

Alvin is the founder and former managing director of TES-AMM Australia and New Zealand which is part of the TES Group of companies, a leading global IT sustainability services company.

At TES Alvin was the key proponent of product reuse and circular economy strategies, which helped transform the group from an e-recycling company to a complete IT lifecycle service organisation.

In his current role as group sustainability director, Alvin is responsible for driving innovation, sustainability and advocacy initiatives worldwide.

CLARE PORTER

Clare has been a passionate advocate for all things water for over 20 years, working in leadership positions within the not-for-profit sector, a variety of utilities both within Australia and overseas, and contributing to urban water policy in Canberra.

Clare has strengths in strategy design and implementation, sustainability and corporate social responsibility, and most recently in city shaping activities.

Clare brings enthusiasm for change and a discipline for delivery and is committed to showcasing the continued contribution that so many people make to improving the environment.