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Sustainability Victoria appointments show green jobs in demand

The fight for talent in sustainability appears to have edged up a notch after key executive staff at Sustainability Victoria were lured to new roles in the sector.

In recent moves Jonathan Leake was appointed director business and built environment after his recent role with the agency as director, resource recovery.

Mr Leake replaces Warren Overton who earlier this year was snapped up as chief executive of not-for-profit Australia and New Zealand Recycling Platform.

Another departure is Sally Moxham who for the past four years led the agency’s retrofit program and is now manager environment and transport at City of Darebin.

Sustainability Victoria chief executive Stan Krpan said SV was now looking for a replacement for Ms Moxham to run the agency’s active retrofit program for sustainable homes. But though it posed a challenge to find a good replacements for the departing executives, the moves and a growing number of advertisements for sustainability roles were an indication the sector was on the move, he said.

Mr Leake’s recent role with the agency as director, resource recovery saw him lead development of Victoria’s State-wide Waste and Resource Recovery Plan and key resource recovery strategies, including Victoria’s first Market Development Strategy for Recovered Resources, adopting circular economy principles.

Mr Leake was also previously executive manager of Victoria’s Sustainability Fund for five years, where he managed a portfolio of innovative sustainability and climate change projects, and managed the secretariat responsible for governance of the fund.

Mr Krpan said Mr Leake was “an established leader with a strong track-record of delivering flagship sustainability programs and significant policy reforms in the Victorian government”.

“Jonathan’s experience spans a range of disciplines including climate change, sustainability, waste and resource recovery, materials and energy efficiency, policy and governance,” Mr Krpan said.

“Jonathan holds a Juris Doctor and has worked at one of Australia’s leading law firms as an environment, construction and property lawyer.

“He has a reputation for collaborative leadership and excellent stakeholder relationships. We are delighted to appoint Jonathan to the role of Director, Business and Built Environment,” Mr Krpan said.

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