Our Team

ANZBIG warmly welcomes Professor Ross Garnaut as our Patron

Professor Ross Garnaut

Professor Ross Garnaut

Professor Garnaut is Australia’s most influential thinker on economic and climate policy, offering pragmatic solutions to complex policy problems that are tempered by a long career in international economics, business and public policy. He has chaired the boards of a number of businesses and charitable trusts including Bankwest (1988-95), Aluminium Smelters of Victoria (1988-90), Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (1994-2000), International Food Policy Research Institute (2003-2010), Lihir Gold (1996-2010), Lonely Planet Publications Pty Ltd (2002-2004), Papua New Guinea Sustainable Development Program (2002-2012). He is now Director of ZEN Energy and sister companies Sunshot Energy and Renergi.

Author of many influential reports to Governments including Australia and the Northeast Asian Ascendency (1989), The Garnaut Climate Change Review (2008), Australia in the Global Response to Climate Change (2011): and books, including most recently Superpower: Australia’s Low Carbon Opportunity (2019) and RESET: Restoring Australia After the Pandemic Recession.

Executive Board

Melissa Rebbeck

Melissa Rebbeck

Board Chair

Melissa Rebbeck has worked across a broad cross-section of stakeholders in the circular economy, agriculture, natural resource management and water to develop business cases, projects, policy and solutions to adapt and mitigate climate change. She has spearheaded over 40 projects and programs with every one of her projects achieved on time and in full with all milestones met. Melissa has 25 years of experience as a project developer, manager and applied researcher within SA Research and Development Institute, the University of Adelaide, and as managing director of her company ‘Climate & Agricultural Support Pty Ltd, now trading as Carbon Drawdown Projects Pty Ltd.

Melissa is an experienced communicator, pioneering conferences, developing and delivering workshops, facilitating, and developing a community of practices to increase knowledge uptake and practice change. She has polished written skills including producing books, publications, papers and long-term media columns.

Melissa has networks and stakeholder connections in Australia and abroad, exemplified through her broad range of board experience. Melissa concurrently recently completed a term as an elected member of the Alexandrina Council gaining increased experience with governance, policy development, business structure, project development and implementation. She is known as a director, a researcher, a consultant, an educator, a board chair, an entrepreneur, a secretary, a writer, an advocate, a manager and a project/business case developer.

Nigel Murphy

Nigel Murphy

Immediate Passed Board Chair

I am passionate about developing a strong Biochar sector in Australia and New Zealand. I am the founder and Director of Earth Systems and Cyclic Carbon, companies that have been actively innovating and commercialising technology in the Cleantech sector over the last 25 years including biochar. My biochar experience covers product development, IP protection, capital raising, commercialisation and market development. I have degrees in environmental and earth sciences and experience in working in Australia, China, S.E. Asia, Africa and the Pacific. I have provided technical advice to companies, government, financial institutions and the aid sector in environmental science, cleantech and environmental management. I am an Honorary Life Member of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand and was the foundation Chair of the Certified Environmental Practitioner Scheme for Australia and New Zealand (CEnvP). I am also the current Chair of the Victorian Cleantech Cluster.

Don Coyne

Don Coyne

CEO

I am a qualified horticulturist with over 25 years experience in the industry. I am also a qualified vocational trainer, frontline and small business manager. I have worked previously with NSW DPI Soils team as Technical Assistant on Biochar field trials. I own and operate Byron Biochar now in it’s eighth year, as a reseller of quality  Australian made biochar and wood vinegar, deliver workshops and consult to fast track your biochar business or project. In my previous to role, I was the First Public Officer & President for Australia New Zealand Biochar Initiative (ANZBI) from 2017-2020 and helped found, owned and operated the Australia New Zealand Biochar Conference from 2017-2020 now owned by ANZBIG. I am a long term climate activist and have a keen interest in off grid living and localisation of food and fibre production. I enjoy my morning walk, bushwalking and e-bike riding.

Phillip Henshall

Phillip Henshall

Treasurer

Has had an extensive business career in general management and senior commercial management positions in the manufacturing, service and IT industries He is currently Chairman of Century Orchards Ltd a large almond orchard, Director of Riverland Almonds Hulling Pty Ltd and company secretary/management/board advisor to several large family businesses. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a qualified CPA and has a Masters in Management and Technology (Melb University). In his spare time, he lives on a property in the Adelaide Hills tending his cattle.

Craig Bagnall

Craig Bagnall

Public Officer

Craig is Director of Environment and Regulatory with SEATA Group based in NSW who are developing an advanced technology for biochar and carbon-negative hydrogen, and is principal consultant with Catalyst  Environmental Management based in Newcastle. He is a Certified Environmental Practitioner with advanced accreditation for Impact Assessment, and an experienced environmental engineer who has worked across multiple sectors of industry and government since the early 1990’s. Craig is an active member of the ANZBIG Advisory Board, assisting the team with industry submissions for the national Bioenergy and Technology Roadmaps, responses to new methods for the Emissions Reduction Fund, and in the development of the ANZBIG Code of Practice. Craig has two young children who regularly provide his drive to to act on climate change, and he loves to work with inspired people.

Prof. Stephen Joseph

Prof. Stephen Joseph

Stephen Joseph holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Metallurgical Engineering and a doctorate in Architecture and Applied Anthropology. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Energy, a chartered engineer and has been a senior adviser to both commercial, government and non-government organizations, in renewable energy, and sustainable agriculture and forestry. Stephen has extensive experience worldwide in all forms of renewable energy including biodiesel, oil from algae, biomass combustion, pyrolysis and gasification plant, biochar, plastic wood composite, microhydro, wind and solar energy additives for high strength concretes. He has also been involved in multi-country market research into areas related to biochar, waste recycling and renewable energy. He has written over 100 books and articles and lectured and trained other engineers and scientists throughout the world. He was the founding vice chairman of the International Biochar Initiative and co-editor with Dr. Johannes Lehmann of Biochar for Environmental Management. He served on the committee of Australia New Zealand Committee and was a founding memebr from 2017-2020. He is currently a visiting Professor at UNSW, UNE, Univ. of Wollongong and Nanjing Agricultural Univ., China

Brian Scott

Brian Scott

Experienced legal practitioner in the energy and infrastructure sector with over 15 years in Asia Pacific including time based in Jakarta Indonesia and over 10 years as a partner in a major international firm. Currently engaged in roles in a number of independent, energy sector businesses seeking to play a leading role in the transition of how we make, store and consume energy across a range of sectors.

Matthew Griffin

Matthew Griffin

Matt is the Chief Operating Officer of Advanced Energy Tech (AET) based in Central Victoria. AET is a waste and energy solutions business that develops projects in regional and rural communities, converting waste into resources. Matt has extensive experience in the energy and resource industry, having worked in senior roles within ExxonMobil for over a decade, including within Europe. He has a proven track record of leading high-performing teams across the manufacturing, business development, global projects, logistics, biofuels, sales and marketing, and trading functions. With a strategic mindset and an innovative and collaborative approach, Matt has consistently delivered exceptional results. Matt is known for his ability to manage complexity, drive continuous improvement, and deliver projects while ensuring safe, reliable, and profitable operations. He is a life-long learner and holds degrees in Engineering (Chemical) and Science, as well as an MBA with distinction from Melbourne Business School. He is passionate about using his skills to improve the world and make it a better place for future generations to enjoy. Matt is looking forward to helping scale the biochar industry in Australia and delivering on its promise of being an important negative emissions technology.

Karen Enkelaar

Karen Enkelaar

Karen Enkelaar is an editor, writer and researcher on the nutrition and health of animals and soils.

Along with Steve Sullings, she is Co-Director of a commercial biochar business, Agspand Pty Ltd, healthy profitable agriculture, based in Tasmania. Both Steve and Karen are passionate about biological, regenerative and carbon farming practices with biochar to help sequester carbon, nitrogen, water and nutrients for naturally productive soils.

For seven years Agspand has manufactured and sold its FEEDCHAR® and PETCHAR® registered trademark supplements in Australia, Certified Allowed Inputs for Organics SXC 19091.

Karen’s has had a huge contribution to ANZBIG’s Code of Practice for the Sustainable Production and Use of Biochar (2021), to help all local manufacturers test and certify fit-for-purpose biochar, whether feed-grade, fertiliser-grade, or industry-grade. By having test transparency, product understanding and application guidelines, biochar manufacturers as well as their customers may identify which grade of biochar may suit an intended outcome. Test transparency and its ensuing trust form a secure knowledge foundation to scale up the biochar industry.

Phil Stevens

Phil Stevens

Phil has been involved in the production, application, research, policy, and commercialisation of biochar for nearly a decade. As one of the founding members of the Biochar Network New Zealand, he has taken the lead on numerous initiatives to bring biochar into greater prominence in agriculture, forestry, waste minimisation, and climate mitigation and adaptation policy. His “day gig” is software development and systems, and in between IT consultancy posts he has also worked as a carbon and energy management analyst advising large institutional clients on emissions reduction and energy optimisation.

Phil puts biochar to work at Slow Farm, his family’s smallholding in the Manawatū. Regenerative methods to increase biodiversity, enhance soil life, and manage excess biomass all involve biochar as a key ingredient and serve the mission of community outreach and education.

Barry Croker

Barry Croker

Barry is an experienced senior executive possessing 25+ years’ experience in broadacre agriculture in Australia and internationally. A commercially focused, innovative and strategic thinker, with a demonstrated ability to quickly visualise situations, identify and establish and deliver strategic and operational plans through to execution. I have always sought and accepted new challenges, the biochar industry provides unique opportunities and challenges and I look forward to making a contribution to development and growth of the industry.

Australia Biochar Industry 2030 Roadmap Working Group Chairs

Matthew Griffin

Matthew Griffin

Resourcing Chair

Matt is the Chief Operating Officer of Advanced Energy Tech (AET) based in Central Victoria. AET is a waste and energy solutions business that develops projects in regional and rural communities, converting waste into resources. Matt has extensive experience in the energy and resource industry, having worked in senior roles within ExxonMobil for over a decade, including within Europe. He has a proven track record of leading high-performing teams across the manufacturing, business development, global projects, logistics, biofuels, sales and marketing, and trading functions. With a strategic mindset and an innovative and collaborative approach, Matt has consistently delivered exceptional results. Matt is known for his ability to manage complexity, drive continuous improvement, and deliver projects while ensuring safe, reliable, and profitable operations. He is a life-long learner and holds degrees in Engineering (Chemical) and Science, as well as an MBA with distinction from Melbourne Business School. He is passionate about using his skills to improve the world and make it a better place for future generations to enjoy. Matt is looking forward to helping scale the biochar industry in Australia and delivering on its promise of being an important negative emissions technology.

Shaun Scallan

Shaun Scallan

Supply & Market Development Chair

Shaun is a passionate CleanTech startup specialist having been involved in 4 Cleantech startups in the last 6 years.  Before this was a career spanning engineering and consulting in the water industry through to IT, Corporate Social Responsibility and then Planet Ark where his CleanTech journey started in earnest. He studied Electrical Engineering with postgraduate studies in Chemical Engineering and a MSc in Renewable Energy. He is committed to playing his part in creating a renewable, sustainable and just future for all. The challenge of our times is to restore the earth and it starts with the soil.

Ignatius Verbeek

Ignatius Verbeek

Innovation Chair

I am highly professional, forward thinking and organized, and have exceptional business acumen. With enthusiasm and energy, I possess expertise of translating the bigger picture strategically and tactically. An invaluable asset, going above and beyond expectations. A seasoned Carbon Farming Expert specialising in soil carbon methodology, technology and software development. With over 15 years experience in the field, I have worked on various projects such as developing advanced soil carbon measurement systems, developing and submitting methodology under Carbon Farming Initiative and undertaking soil carbon field trials. Member, LCA (life cycle analysis) expert panel for Greenhouse Friendly™ Scheme, Advisory panel to GBCA on the Green Building Steel Credit, Founding Member of Soil Carbon Industry Group (SCIG) and Program Manager for the development of the Australian Building Greenhouse Rating Scheme.

Russ Martin

Russ Martin

Policy & Regulations Chair

Russ has over 30 years’ experience in product stewardship, circular economy, public policy, bioenergy and sustainability, both in government and as an advisor to industry and governments. These roles have been in the US, Australia, New Zealand and Middle East. Primary responsibilities include serving as CEO of the not-for-profit Global Product Stewardship Council, Director of consultancy MS2 and Founder of the International Stewardship Forum series, including the Sydney Forum 2018 and Paris Forum 2019.

Russ was awarded the Global Green Future Leadership Award by the World CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Congress. Russ was appointed to the Australian Government’s Product Stewardship Advisory Group, as the Independent Chair leading the development of a national product stewardship approach for handheld batteries in Australia, and to the advisory body for Australia’s development of product stewardship framework legislation.

From developing and implementing a market-based approach to increase packaging recycling in Florida to chairing the inaugural Australian Greenhouse Conference, to crafting innovative waste management legislation in the United Arab Emirates, Russ has long been a leader in developing innovative yet pragmatic policies and programs.

Adam O'Toole

Adam O'Toole

Standards & Certification Chair

Adam is a soil scientist and communicator who is passionate about improving soil quality and finding agronomic solutions for farmers. He holds a doctorate in soil science from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences where he did his thesis on the agronomic and environmental effects of biochar. After working over a decade with soil and agronomic research in Norway, Adam has returned home to his roots in Australia to help in the grand task of restoring and improving Australian landscapes.

Tim Charlton

Tim Charlton

Education & Communications Chair

Tim has applied his background in research and contract science using chemistry and microbiology to develop pyrolyzed materials for application to soil fertility, soil remediation and reducing methane emissions from ruminants.

He is the Founder and Director of Aqua Firma Solutions P/L, Aqua Firma Services P/L and Co-Founder and Director of XMET P/L.