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:
Mark Gifford, NSW Environment Protection Authority
Mark Gifford, Chair, is the Acting CEO at the NSW Environment Protection Authority, with more than 33 years’ experience in management and leadership positions. Mark was appointed Chair of AELERT in September 2017.
In his substantive role as Chief Environmental Regulator Mr Gifford oversees the EPA’s regulatory policies, practices and outcomes, particularly in regard to the environmental impacts from major industrial activities, including air and water quality, noise and the regulation of gas and forestry activities.
Mr Gifford has made significant improvements in areas such as environment protection licensing and legislation. He led the government’s reforms to the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 to improve industry performance and public reporting, and the updating and modernising of the EPA. He oversees the EPA’s current forestry reforms and implementation of the Government’s role for the EPA under the NSW Gas Plan. Mr Gifford has significant experience in national regulatory harmonisation including the continuous review of the EPA’s regulatory approach and significant reforms to ensure effective, efficient and credible regulation.
Mr Gifford has a Bachelor of Business (Public Administration) and is Chair of the Australasian Environmental Law Enforcement and Regulators Network. He was awarded a Public Service Medal for services to environmental protection in June 2015.
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.
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.
Glen Brown, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection
Glen is a senior environmental regulator in Queensland, heading up the Regulatory Support branch of the Department of Environment and Science.
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.
Chris Webb, Environment Protection Authority Victoria
The AELERT Executive Office Holders also sit on the AELERT Steering Committee.