Close the Loop People
Craig Devlin - Non-Executive Director and Chairman
Craig was appointed to the Board in June 2001 and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Melbourne University, a Diploma of Education from the University of Melbourne and a Diploma of Corporate Management from AICS. He is also an ASCPA and a registered tax agent.
Craig has 27 years experience as a practicing accountant and management consultant. He is currently the proprietor of Devlin & Co, Accountants, and is the principal of Devlin Business Development Group Pty Ltd.
Steve Morriss - Founder, Executive Director, Close the Loop Ltd
Steve conceived the idea for Close the Loop in 1999, and turned it into a stand alone business in early 2001. As CEO of Close the Loop for the first 6 years, Steve developed the original, game changing business model of a co-operative, voluntary, multi-vendor, producer responsibility collection and recycling program for toner and inkjet cartridges. Steve worked with Planet Ark to co-create the highly successful 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' program, perhaps Australia's most successful ewaste recycling program to date.
Steve is currently an Executive Director of Close the Loop Ltd, Close the Loop Inc (USA), and all related entities and is responsible for materials reuse, new technology and associated strategy as a member of Close the Loop's senior executive team.
The inventor of 6 patented processes related to recycling and materials recovery technologies for toner and ink cartridges, Steve is an energetic entrepreneur who believes, as in nature, there is no such thing as 'waste'.
After qualifying in design studies at RMIT University (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology), Steve spent 10 years working as a design draftsman and project manager. Thereafter, Steve spent 14 years running his own small businesses. During that time he was responsible for sales, sales management, operations and business development for those businesses. Prior to founding Close the Loop, Steve started, owned and operated National Toner & Ink Pty Ltd, a retailer of imaging supplies in Melbourne, Australia.
Steve is a past winner of a Victorian Enterprise Workshop "Award of Excellence", and has guided Close the Loop to several other awards and commendations including the 2006 UN Environment Day awards for innovation.
Greg Turnidge - Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director
Greg first joined Close the Loop in December 2005 as a Director and was appointed CEO in September 2006. Greg holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and a Master of Economics (Hons), both from Macquarie University. In the last ten years Greg, in his role as Managing Director of Melbourne Venture Partners, has been an advisor and strategic planner for a number of start up Australian companies. Greg has extensive business and finance experience, having been Managing Director of Aluminium Smelters of Victoria Pty Ltd from 1984 to 1998. During this time Greg was responsible for the development and operation of the company, which included establishing major export contracts into Asia, and the development of international alliances, partnerships and manufacturing operations in China, USA and Europe, building corporate turnover to over $300 million. Greg has also worked within the public sector, initially as an economist, and subsequently as a policy advisor. He has been a director of a number of young and growing Australian companies, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Company Directors.
Jim Tocash - President, Close the Loop Inc.
Jim joined Close the Loop in September 2007. He is a former senior executive for Lexmark International, where he worked for 12 years. As Director of Worldwide Supplies Marketing for Lexmark, Jim was responsible for driving the global sales and marketing strategy of the $1.5 billion inkjet printer supplies business. He has a Bachelor in Finance and MBA in Marketing from the University of Kentucky.
Melinda Lizza – Manager Sales and Marketing, Asia Pacific
Melinda has worked in recycling and resource recovery companies for the last 14 years, and has developed a detailed understanding of corporate needs in this space. She first joined Close the Loop in October 2001 as a Corporate Account Manager and took on responsibility for managing and developing the Cartridges 4 Planet Ark program and associated OEM relationships soon after. In the nine years working for Close the Loop Melinda has gained a deep experience in what it takes to build publicly supported collection programs with retail and corporate partners. She has been responsible for the successful operation of Cartridges 4 Planet Ark almost from its inception and is now also responsible for all custom corporate and other specialised collection programs run by Close the Loop. Melinda moved from Business Development Manager to her current role of managing the Asia Pacific Collections Programs in 2010. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Management of Hazardous Materials) from Deakin University. Prior to Close the Loop, Melinda spent seven years managing major accounts at a leading waste specialist in the processing of flammable and hazardous wastes transforming those wastes into alternative fuel and raw materials for use in cement kilns.