Chief Executive Officer – Rick Ralph


Rick is an independent waste management and recycling professional with more than 35 years Australian and International experience.

Rick started his career  holding numerous senior executive roles with Comalco Aluminium. Responsible for the implementation, development and management of the companies ‘Cash for Can’s’ program, he and two other Industry colleagues, established Australia’s first kerb side collection recycling program, and was instrumental in establishing many iconic public event, and other commercial and community based recycling programs throughout Australia. He has worked on similar programs in New Zealand, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya. Other career roles include owner of a major private recycling  business, Director of Waste – City of Brisbane, General Manager roles in industry and with Not for Profit organisations. He is a founding council member, committee member and past president of the Australian Council of Recycler’s.  Rick has held many Senior Executive roles on National and International Waste and Recycling Industry boards, and various Government committees.

Rick was instrumental with the founding Executive in the formation of the Association. He is a qualified Justice of Peace, Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds several Director positions with private companies . He is a Director of the Not for Profit Organisation Mates4Mates, the organisation that assists the wounded Injured and ill members past and present of the Australian Defence Force.

Executive Officer Member Services – Cherisa Bellis


Cherisa is a past serving Officer in the Australian Defence Force. After graduating from Officer Training at the Royal Military College – Duntroon, Cherisa completed many postings in her 21 years with the Australian Army both in Australia and overseas. With an extensive background in training, administration, transport and logistics, which include being responsible for the logistics and personnel of the entire Joint Operation of over 1200 soldiers in East Timor.  Cherisa’s last position before transitioning to a new career was as Second in Command of the Royal Military College – Duntroon.

Cherisa is responsible for the services offered to the members of the Association.