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Welcoming our new CEO

Message from ABRI’s President
I am very pleased to announce that the Executive Committee has appointed Libby Chaplin as the new ABRI CEO, commencing 1 November 2016.
Libby will bring a significant amount of knowledge to ABRI from her work as an international consultant to industry and government clients on e-waste recycling and Standards development.
For the past 15 years Libby has been based in the United States. In this role she has been actively involved with international standards for end-of-life-electronics, for example e-Stewards and R2, and also with emerging standards, such as the European EERA – Eurometaux Standard on End-Processing of WEEE Fractions. She has assisted numerous recyclers to implement management systems and process improvements as well as monitor their performance against the requirements of these standards in the US, Canada and South Korea. This experience has afforded her a practical understanding of the realities of emerging requirements, which she has applied to standards development and also to industry research designed to explore and highlight the challenges and opportunities in this rapidly changing sector.
Before moving to the US Libby worked for Brisbane City Council, the Environment Management Industry Association of Australia, and EcoRecycle Victoria, and established a successful environmental consulting business.
Libby will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to ABRI, including in-depth understanding of recycling, industry standards, government policy processes and organisational governance. Her international experience will be valuable in helping ABRI in the further development of local stewardship solutions and responsible recycling standards for batteries.
We look forward to welcoming Libby to ABRI in November. Helen Lewis will continue in her current role until that time, and will ensure that there is a seamless handover of projects and responsibilities. I would like to thank Helen for her flexibility, support and commitment to ABRI during this transition.
Matt Palmer