No successful company is complete without a great team; here at Smart Environmental we have an experienced, loyal and skilled team who are committed to the same goals as its shareholders. We have a range of very qualified and experienced people who ‘do what they say they will’.
Chief Executive Officer
Todd was appointed Smart’s new CEO on 1 July 2019 and specialises in helping organisations optimise their performance in times of change.
His philosophy is that business should focus on delivering effortless experiences to customers. He has previously held sales and marketing leadership roles at Vodafone and NZ Post, was CEO of Lotto NZ and ran an integrated digital design and advertising group.
General Manager – Operations – MBA, MPhil, BAv
Ben has joined Smart Environmental in early 2017 after a decade in senior roles within local government. His last role was as Deputy Chief Executive of the Thames-Coromandel District Council. Ben leads the Auckland kerbside contracts and the Digital and Marketing Teams at Smart Environmental. He is a member of the Senior Management Team and also undertakes projects to mobilise contracts and improve business and customer outcomes.
Please direct all media enquiries to Ben.
GM Relationships & Growth – MBA, PGDM
Blair has over 24 years experience in infrastructure contracting and has worked on open space contracts in New Zealand, United Kingdom and America. He is a strong relationship builder, who strives to find the best solutions for clients, the community and the environment. Blair as a member of the company’s Senior Management Team, is responsible for leading the development and execution of Smart Environmental’s long term Municipal Growth and Partnership Strategies.
Chief Financial Officer – BCom, CA
Brent has been with the company since 2008 and holds complete oversight of Smart’s finances. A commercially-astute Financial Controller, Brent provides commercial, financial and business leadership to ensure Smart continues to meet its growth targets. Brent is a forward-thinking and mission-orientated individual with over 30 years’ fiscal and operational knowledge. A pivotal member of the Senior Management Team, Brent brings over 30-years financial experience, astute commercial and strategic judgement, innovation, superior intellect and decisiveness skills to the team.
National Resource Recovery Manager – B.Eng
Yuri oversees Smart’s Resource Recovery operations including five Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs) across our network. Before this role, Yuri was the Upper South Island Regional Manager. Yuri has a BE (Forestry) and has significant senior management experience including management of up to several hundred staff and contractors. He has very strong operational, compliance, logistical and technical skills.
Compliance Manager – BSc(Tech), CPIM
Jason is responsible for the development and maintenance of Smart Environmental’s effective compliance systems in health and safety, quality, environmental and fleet management. Jason has extensive experience in supply chain and operations management in the manufacturing and recycling industries including in-house Compliance, Health, Safety and Environmental systems, Project Management and Quality Systems.
Parks & Reserves Manager Central Region
Gary is responsible for Smarts Parks and Reserves management. Gary has over 15 years experience in managing Parks contracts and has looked after some of New Zealands most prestigious regions
Fleet & Systems Manager
Jonny joined Smart Environmental in 2017 looking after our Tasman operations. Following this role he soon moved north to mobilise and lead our Tauranga City Council kerbside glass contract. Jonny now manages Smarts fleet procurement and and digital systems driving innovation, compliance and operational efficiency
Rotorua Area Manager
Carole has recently joined the Smart Team and is responsible for the Rotorua District council operations.
Carole held senior management roles with Avis/Budget and has a strong focus on customer experience, and operational efficiency.
Area Manager – Tararua/Manawatu
Riki leads the team in Tararua, Manawatu and the Rangitikei. His responsibilities involve our commercial services and management of our Municipal contracts.
Riki has held a variety of management and supervisory roles and has vast experience in building teams, and delivering to his objectives.
Northern Area Manager
Mike is responsible for Smart’s contracts with Auckland Council and Waikato District Council operating from our depots located at Silverdale and Taukau. Mike has decades of experience in the waste and logistics industries and is one of our most experienced Managers. Mike has also worked for Envirowaste and Manco Engineering.
Eastern Waikato Area Manager
Kiri leads the team responsible for the Commercial and Council kerbside recycling and rubbish collections for Thames Coromandel District Council, Matamata Piako District Council and Hauraki District Council. She is also responsible for the Parks and Reserves Contract for Thames-Coromandel District Council. Kiri has a strong background in operations and supply chain typically within FMCG, with previous roles in Senior Management positions. Kiri has experience working and leading a large workforce and developing leadership within her teams. Kiri’s philosophy is about looking after our team who will, in turn, look after our customers.
Upper South Island Area Manager
Tim’s primary objective at Smart is to manage and grow all company business interest in the Upper South Island, while also maintaining oversight of his previously managed area of the Manawatu/Rangitikei districts. Tim has been with Smart Environmental since 2010. Prior to this Tim worked in operational and intelligence analysis roles within NZ Police and Ministry of Fisheries for over 15 years. He is also a trade qualified engineer and builder. Tim has strong organisational and leadership qualities with a focus on quality customer service and contract management.
Queenstown Area Manager – Dip. Man
Ricci’s role is to manage Smart’s business interests in Queenstown Lakes District. He has a background of over 20 years’ experience in manufacturing and operations management with Fletchers and Carter Holt. In the past 10 years he has been involved with the waste and recycling industry, ranging from contract management of kerbside collections to managing a state of the art materials recovery facility, and was a member of the packaging forum. Ricci also supports business marketing and sales activities within Smart Environmental’s national commercial divisions.
Hawkes Bay – Napier Area Manager
Mike leads the Napier-Hasting team providing Municipal contract services, The contract also involves the handling, processing and planning of logistics for recyclables.
Mike has held senior roles with Carter Holt Harvey and brings many years of operations management experience.