Local industry has been pushed, pulled, shoved, cornered and nearly crushed in recent months. 2020 was off to a flying start, didn’t you think?! The good news, it didn’t stop ACTA.
In February and March ACTA’s co-directors hustled to pull together the association’s first official Committee, a group of esteemed professionals in senior positions across various sectors, each of whom we’ve had the pleasure of working with personally.
Just over a year ago the second Australian Circular Fashion Conference (ACFC) took place in Melbourne, 2019. A little over two years ago, 2018, we ran the ACFC for the very first time in Sydney; at that time ACFC Founder Camille Reed announced a new industry peak body would be formed in recognition of the importance to continue supporting sustainability, responsible best practice and creating a Circular Economy for the textile industry. Over the two conferences close to 700 people attended.
Fast forward, 2020, we’re excited to announce our new Committee Members as the association continue’s to grow and evolve in response to Government announcements, changes within our Global network and most importantly the discussions happening in our backyard. ACTA intern Eliza Sears, RMIT University, conducted a brief interview with each of our members.
ACTA Going Forward.
Memberships are unfortunately on hold, however, our Committee are eager to support ACTA’s next moves as we navigate the new business landscape. First on the agenda is partnership and relationship building, while The Australian Circular Fashion Conference demonstrated tremendous leadership on behalf of Australia’s textile and apparel industry to the wide-world, the legacy from the international relationships formed through the conference will be carried into ACTA’s new beginnings. Watch this space.
2020’s agenda for the association has been revised due to recent business disruption, ACTA will look to offer maximum value through various other affordable avenues to which industry and prospective members can participate and get involved.
Wendy Cameron is a Sourcing and Supply Chain Specialist, Circular Fashion Activist and Executive Change Leader for Fashion retail with over 30 year’s experience.
Throughout her career, Wendy has “partnered with organisations across the international fashion and retail sector to review, define and improve strategies for production, sourcing, supply models, logistics & sustainable solutions, resulting in improved margins, reduced costs and safeguarding of future-state success in the fashion industry”.
Having worked in both Australia and the UK in the last 15 years, Wendy has seen first-hand what she says is a “cultural shift” whereby clothing and textiles lost their value. Cheap clothes were “seen by consumers as something short-term, disposable and not permanent”.
Today, however, Wendy says there has been a return to consumers viewing clothing as permanent pieces, and consumer expectation of sustainable practices and circular practice in the fashion industry.
Wendy is looking forward to continuing her work with ACTA and believes, as an organisation, ACTA will soon become a “mainstay” in the textile industry.
Ashleigh and Jaine Morris bring a wealth of experience to ACTAs Advisory Committee. As Co-founders, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operations Officer of Coreo respectively, the sisters are well versed in all thing’s circular economy.
Through their work at Coreo, Ashleigh and Jaine take great pride in collaborating with, and supporting “governments, corporations and communities to unlock the economic, social, and environmental opportunities of a circular economy through a values-driven approach to action”.
Ashleigh and Jaine have successfully worked with both private and public sector businesses to implement the principles of circularity, effectively harnessing a hunger for change to mobilise communities and organisations toward a circular economy as a tool for economic development and resilience.
Ashleigh and Jaine say they are excited by the opportunity to work with ACTA, as an organisation that, like their own, believes in ensuring “textiles have value in our economy and that value is recirculated”, through all stages of life, notably, design and manufacturing of textiles.
Rob Gell AM is an environmental geoscientist, former academic and well-known television weather presenter.
Rob has extensive experience with non-profit, government and private organisations in environmental communications and marketing, sustainable business strategy and project design for the emerging green economy.
Today, Rob is both Director of Attentis® Pty Ltd and Founder and Director of ReThink Sustainability Pty Ltd.
Rob has tremendous knowledge and experience in stakeholder engagement, community consultation, government and private sector engagement. His expertise are a great asset, and he will undoubtedly be able to provide advice and guidance in his role on the Advisory Committee.
Dean Jones is the Co-Founder and CEO of GlamCorner, a fashion-tech company with a unique reverse logistics operation to foster sustainable practices.
Founded in 2012, GlamCorner aims to revolutionise the way fashion is consumed and provide a sustainable alternative to benefit both the consumer and the environment.
Dean has a passion for fast-growth, high energy, emerging organisations, and believes people are the most crucial asset in any organisation. And is well versed in using data, social media and marketing to promote an emergent business.
Dean’s enthusiasm and personal experience of establishing a successful, sustainable fashion start-up will make him a great asset on the ACTA Advisory Committee.
Monique Halliday’s is a Director of Communications and Engagement, with over 20 years’ experience in the corporate and public sectors.
Monique has worked in partnership with businesses in Australia and the US to transition to a low carbon future and understand the complexities and commercial sensitivities of business and drive social and environmental sustainability.
Monique believes the ABC program “The War on Waste” had a resounding effect and was a real “penny drop” moment in the Australian psyche, changing the way we view waste and making circularity a priority for the general public.
During her time at Australia Post, Monique collaborated with organisations including the Country Road Group to ensure e-commerce operations held sustainable practice and circularity in mind. A reduction and in some cases total “wipe out” of virgin plastics being used packaging is just one example of Monique’s collaborative efforts.
Monique is “excited about the impact we [ACTA] will be able to have on the Australian textile industry”. And is honoured to be a part of ACTA, “particularly as it’s forming and starting to build its profile.”
Esther Bailey is a respected sustainability leader, innovator and change maker with 14 years’ experience in the public and private sectors.
As Head of Market Development at NABERS and Programs Manager at Better Buildings Partnership – City of Sydney, Esther is perfectly positioned to advise ACTA on Governance, data-driven policy and sustainable leadership in Australia’s built environment.
Through her work, Esther has developed a deep network and vast experience and knowledge in the sustainability space, including in her role as Chair of Expert Panel – Material and Supply at the Green Building Council of Australia.
Author ACTA Inter Eliza Sears (RMIT Journalist Student)