Joint Managing Director, Wright Corporate Strategy Pty Ltd
Tony Wright is a partner in a leading public policy, strategy and technology advisory firm operating in the Australian environment and infrastructure sectors.
He is an experienced CEO, board chair, and consultant, with recognised achievements in business and state owned corporations. His career theme is the integration of environment, technology, business, and public policy.
Current Non-Executive Roles – Government:
- Chairman, State Water Corporation, NSW.
- Deputy Chairman, NSW EPA Board.
- Chairman, State of the Environment Advisory Council of NSW.
Current Non-Executive Roles – Private Sector:
- Member, Barton Group for environment management industry leaders.
- Chairman, Corymbia Creek Angus.
Recent Government Inquiries and Reviews:
Waste Management and Resource Recovery
- Independent Public Review – Landfill capacity and Demand (2009/10).
- Independent Public Review – Orica HCB Waste Destruction (2004, 2006).
- Alternative Waste Management Technologies and Practices Inquiry (2001).
- Independent Public Assessment – Landfill Capacity and Demand (2001).
- Independent Public Review – Stakeholder Engagement for Sydney Desalination Plant (2006).
- Independent Review – Menindee Lakes Water Management (2006).
- Independent Review and Report – Energy Demand Management and Planning (2009).
- Commission of Inquiry – Expansion of Port Botany Container Terminal (2005).
Outline of Recent Activities
Waste management industry
Tony advises Federal, State and Local Governments across Australia on waste management and resource recovery policy, strategy, technology and procurement.
He has played a lead role in reform of Australian waste management and resource recovery policy over the last ten years. He initially chaired the definitive Alternative Waste Management Technologies and Practices Inquiry and advised the Government on the subsequent ground-breaking waste legislation. He has subsequently conducted numerous Government Inquiries and independent reviews of waste policy issues.
Tony also chaired the NSW Reference Panel for Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), which advised the Government on product stewardship approaches in which producers take responsibility for recovery and recycling of nominated wastes.
Tony advises Federal, State and Regional Governments across Australia on water policy, strategy, technology and procurement.
Having led reform at CEO level at Sydney Water, Hunter Water, and Australian Water Technologies from the mid 1980s to mid 1990s, Tony now chairs the NSW State Water Corporation, which provides bulk water storage and delivery to industry and towns across NSW including the Murray-Darling Basin. He has guided rapid reform of the corporation to improve financial management, service performance, and general governance.
In advisory work, he has contributed to water reform in Western NSW as Chairman of the Darling River Water Saving Project Steering Committee. This high-profile $400 million State/Federal project has been nominated as a Murray-Darling priority project.
As Deputy Chair of the NSW EPA Board (representing industry) Tony has helped shape the DECCW/EPA approach to improved environment protection, with a particular focus on water management, environmental reporting, and waste issues. He is currently Chairman of the Board subcommittees for Waste Management and for State of the Environment Reporting and has championed improvement in these areas over many years.
Tony is Chairman of the State of the Environment Advisory Council of NSW, with responsibility for scrutinising the process, content, and direction of NSW State of the Environment Reports. His tenure has covered the reports published in 2000, 2003, 2006 and 2009.
Environment management industry
Tony has been active over the last 15 years in the development of Australia’s environment management industry. He helped form the first national environment management industry association, Environment Business Australia, and was a non-executive Director for nine years and Chairman for two years.
He served as independent Chairman of a successful start-up environmental technology firm, BioTrack Australia Pty Ltd, formed to commercialise Macquarie University research.
He was a founding non-executive Director of the CRC for Waste Management and Pollution Control Limited, which pioneered innovative waste and water management approaches.
As Deputy Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of Sydney Water (1984-1993), Tony led the reform of core business operations and infrastructure development. He opened the corporation to competition in capital and operating programs. He built customer-service focus into the business, played a leading role in developing the $6bn Clean Waterways Environment Program, and championed development of Sydney’s (BOO) water treatment infrastructure.
Tony founded and was inaugural Managing Director (1991-1993) of Australian Water Technologies Pty Ltd (AWT) the commercial trading arm of Sydney Water. AWT quickly became a respected water services provider, operating internationally.
Other experience includes the Hunter Water (as Managing Director), State Rail Authority (running the Railway Workshops), the Federal Department of Housing and Construction, the Bureau of Transport Economics, British Motor Corporation and the Australian Wool Board.
Recent Past Non-Executive Board Roles
- Director/Chairman, Environment Business Australia Limited (Life Member).
- Independent Chairman, BioTrack Australia Pty Ltd.
- Member, Governing Council of the University of New South Wales.
- Founding Director, CRC for Waste Management and Pollution Control Limited.
Tony Wright's formal education includes a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of New South Wales, and a Diploma in Technology from the (then) NSW Institute of Technology.