Executive Committee

The AELERT Executive Committee meets every 6 to 8 weeks and is responsible for providing guidance and advice on AELERT’s strategy. The Executive Committee is comprised of four officer holder positions. These positions are Chair, Vice-Chair and two Directors. The AELERT executive office holders are:

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Mark Gifford, NSW Environment Protection Authority 

Mark Gifford is the Chief Environmental Regulator at the NSW Environment Protection Authority, with more than 25 years’ experience in management and leadership positions. Appointed to the position of Chair in September 2017 he will host the upcoming 2018 AELERT Conference in Sydney, on behalf of the NSW EPA.

He has significant experience in government, working in the areas of policing, corruption prevention, regulation and environment protection and conservation and has private sector experience in technical/engineering services and manufacturing.

He is responsible for leading the day to day regulatory operations of the EPA and ensuring efficient delivery of diverse and complex environmental services.   Mark heads the Regulatory Services Division which includes the EPA’s three Regional Branches (North, Metro and South) that deliver operational environment protection services in the areas of air, water, noise, odour, forestry, incident response, development assessment and strategic land-use planning; the Reform and Compliance Branch - responsible for leading the development and delivery of the air, water, noise and operational policy, the EPA’s reform agenda, compliance assurance and environmental audit programs and regulatory administration and systems and implementation of the EPA’s responsibilities under the NSW Gas Plan.  

He has a Bachelor of Business (Public Administration) and has been awarded the Public Service Medal for outstanding public service to environmental protection in NSW.

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Monica Collins,  Department of the Environment and Energy 

Monica Collins joined the Commonwealth Department of Environment and Energy as Head of the Compliance and Enforcement Branch. Monica most recently worked with the New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage, and has more than 20 years’ experience working in the environment sector. 

Monica has worked in environmental regulation, compliance and enforcement, community engagement, and environmental program delivery roles, including in the Murray-Darling Basin, threatened species programs, kangaroo management, renewable energy and energy efficiency. Monica also brings experience in managing regulatory reform and change management. 

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Tony Circelli, Environment Protection Authority South Australia

Tony Circelli is Chief Executive of the Environment Protection Authority, the State of South Australia’s independent environment regulator and the former Chair of AELERT 2014 - 2017.

Before being appointed to the position in May 2014, Mr Circelli was Deputy CE for two years. Mr Circelli has significance knowledge and experience in regulatory science and building better regulatory practice into EPA policy, operations and organisational culture.  

He is also a member of the Governing Board of the EPA, Presiding Member of the SA Radiation Protection Committee, and member of the national Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment (CRC CARE) Beyond 2020 Committee. Mr Circelli has an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Adelaide and a Master of Business Administration from Deakin University. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Fellow of the South Australian Governor’s Leadership Foundation.


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Glen Brown, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection

Glen is a senior environmental regulator in Queensland, heading up the Regulatory Capability and Customer Service branch of the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.

With extensive operational experience in regional areas, Glen has brought his knowledge of frontline environmental management to his current role, where he is responsible for developing strategies and supporting material to deliver the Queensland Government’s environmental regulation outcomes. As the Executive Director, Regulatory Capability and Customer Service, Glen has been a driving force behind the department’s Regulatory Strategy.  He has a keen interest in leveraging private sector skills to achieve good environmental outcomes that balance the need for responsible development.  Prior to joining the Queensland public sector, Glen worked in the Environmental Assessments Branch of the then Commonwealth Environmental Protection Agency.

Glen has a Bachelor of Applied Science degree, majoring in Water Science, and First Class Honours from the University of Canberra. His doctoral thesis in stream ecology was also undertaken at the University of Canberra, in association with the then Cooperative Research Centre for Freshwater Ecology. He also has an MBA from the University of Southern Queensland.


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Chris Webb, Environment Protection Authority Victoria





The AELERT Executive Office Holders also sit on the AELERT Steering Committee.