Meet the Board

Colleen Gates Colleen Gates (Chair)

Colleen is serving her second term as a councillor at Hobsons Bay City Council whilst also employed in the food manufacturing sector. With more than 20 years’ experience as an environmental professional she has worked in the landfill, waste and organics sector, and conducted statutory auditing of waste facility operations.

Colleen has a detailed understanding of the Victorian environmental legislative framework, a ‘coal-face’ appreciation of the issues and challenges being faced across the waste sector including community concerns, in addition to an awareness of emerging technologies and initiatives in the market.
Colleen was appointed to the MWRRG Board as Chair in May 2017.


Sam Alessi Sam Alessi

Sam has extensive experience with waste and resource recovery in a local government context. He has been a councillor for over 20 years, served three terms as Mayor of the City of Whittlesea and over nine years on local government bodies.

Sam was appointed to the MWRRG Board in 2017.


Margaret Donnan Margaret Donnan

Margaret is an experienced director with a strong reputation as a leader from her time as CEO of the Plastics and Chemicals Industries Association and a senior executive in WorkSafe Victoria. She has extensive board, public policy and stakeholder experience across government, commercial and not for profit sectors. She is currently chair of a global safety board, deputy chair and chair of the audit and risk committee of a Victorian regulator and an independent director of an industry led not-for-profit, delivering product stewardship programs in the agvet chemical supply chain.

Margaret was appointed to the MWRRG Board in 2014. This is her second term of appointment.


Tom Melican Tom Melican

Tom has been a Banyule City Councillor since 2003 and served three terms as Mayor. He has a strong involvement in sport and community groups. Passionate about environmental management, Tom believes we need to do more to reduce our environmental impact and make better use of limited resources. Tom is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Tom was appointed to the MWRRG Board in 2014. This is his second term of appointment.


Evy Papadopoulos Evy Papadopoulos

Evy is a consultant with the Australian Energy Market Operator and has extensive experience as a lawyer with a range of energy companies. Evy’s expertise includes regulated industries, corporate governance and procurement. She has held non-executive director positions in government, the superannuation industry and a start up company. She has experience as a company secretary.

Evy was appointed to the MWRRG Board in August 2018.


Collin Ross Collin Ross

Collin is the Deputy Mayor for Cardinia Shire Council and has a passion for the waste sector. He is committed to growing the volume of waste (such as food waste) diverted from landfill.

Collin was appointed to the MWRRG Board in 2017.


John Watson John Watson

John has significant experience at an executive level in local and state government administration, governance, strategic planning, mentorship and advocacy. He is the Chair of the Victoria Grants Commission, a Board Director for the Northern Hospital and a chair or member of several audit and risk committees in local government, health and the Municipal Association of Victoria. John was the interim CEO of the forerunner organisation to the MWRRG and was instrumental in its development.

John was appointed to the MWRRG Board in August 2018 and is the Chair of the Audit, Finance and Risk Committee.

Last updated: 20/05/2020