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Our Key People

Eric Gernath

Managing Director

Eric has held positions in France, China, Taiwan and the USA. He joined SITA Australia in September 2007 following his role as Executive Vice President Commercial Development of United Water, a leading US utility within the SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT group.

Eric has significant leadership experience in the waste, utilities and water industries worldwide.  Eric joined the SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT group in 1991 and has since managed and transformed businesses across five international markets.

After five years at Degremont as General Manager in China, Eric became Vice President and Strategic Business Leader of Nalco/Ondeo, a water treatment company in the USA. In 2004, he became CEO of Teris, LLC a US waste treatment company.

Eric is part of the SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT Executive Committee, a member of the Australian CEO Forum, Chairman of the Board of SITA-ResourceCo and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


David Lamy

Chief Financial Officer

Following a three-year appointment as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the SITA Group in Poland, David joined SITA Australia as CFO in September 2009.

David originally joined the SUEZ Group in 2000 with Aguas Argentinas in Buenos Aires. He has held Financial Controller positions on both water and waste businesses in Europe.

David holds an MBA from Essec Business School in Paris.

Lindsay Kyle

General Counsel

Lindsay has worked with SITA Australia since July 2010 in the role of General Counsel and Company Secretary.  She leads the legal team in supporting business activities and in managing regulatory and compliance risks. 

Prior to joining SITA, Lindsay was a partner at Baker & McKenzie law firm where she practised in trade practices and commercial law.  Lindsay has over 15 years experience in legal practice and has advised many of Australia's leading companies in industries ranging from mining and resources to luxury brands. She worked in London as a corporate lawyer before settling in Australia.

Lindsay holds a degree in Law with French, a postgraduate in competition law from Kings College London (top of the year), and a masters in European Law from the University of Brussels. She is a co-author of one of the Australian texts on trade practices laws and an invited speaker at legal conferences. She is a member of the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association.

Emmanuel Vivant

Executive Director, Infrastructure

Emmanuel has worked with SITA Australia since 2001.  He has 17 years of international experience with SITA in the resource recovery and waste treatment sectors having previously held roles in France and Hong Kong.

Emmanuel has a Civil Engineering degree.

Jon Dyster

General Manager, Human Resources

Jon works closely with SITA’s business unit managers in developing a progressive safety culture, increased workforce capability and greater employee engagement. His responsibilities at SITA extend to the leadership and strategic development of both the Human Resources and Safety functional areas.

He has had over 15 years people management and employee relations experience, having worked at some of Australia’s most successful companies including AMCOR, Arnott’s Biscuits and TABCORP.

Jon is a Member of International HR Directors Forum, regularly contributing to discussions on Human Resources matters affecting foreign owned companies operating in Australia. He has a Bachelor of Economics from Macquarie University.

Michael Salas

Chief Information Officer

With over 15 years experience working in diverse industries, Michael joined SITA as Chief Information Officer in November 2011.  He is responsible for all aspects of SITA's IT strategy, governance, service delivery, systems development and infrastructure.  

In previous roles, Michael successfully led a number of major technology based business transformation programs and consistently drives for best practice and great customer service.  He has worked for some of Australia’s most prominent media, entertainment and financial services companies. 

Most recently, Michael was Head of Infrastructure & Operations at Perpetual Limited where during the tough economic climate of the GFC transformed the infrastructure platform and IT services offered to the business.  Prior to this role he was Head of Technology at Australia’s leading ticketing company, Ticketek.

Nick Schutt

General Manager, Strategy & Development

Nick is responsible for national strategy and development including corporate development, strategic marketing and corporate affairs. Since joining SITA in 2012 Nick has led numerous acquisitions and asset development projects.

Prior to joining SITA, Nick held roles in transaction and corporate advisory at leading accounting firms advising companies across a broad range of sectors on mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, capital raisings and restructures.

Nick holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales and is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Greg Panigas

General Manager, Business Improvement

Joining SITA in 1994 as State General Manager, South Australia, Greg was appointed General Manager, Business Improvement in 2011.  

During his tenure in South Australia, he held the position of Vice-Chair, KESAB (Keep South Australia Beautiful) and was a director of SITA-ResourceCo, a joint-venture company specialising in the development of process engineered fuel.

Greg has recently completed a three-year ministerial appointment on the SA Environment Protection Authority board.  During this time he worked on many sub-committees including that of the Environment Protection Policy, which has set new standards in the SA waste industry.

He has 17 years’ experience in the waste industry and a further 16 years’ experience in transport. 

Greg has an MBA (Advanced) from the University of Adelaide, and an Advanced Certificate in Marketing. He is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

Margaret Andrews

General Manager, Environment, Quality & Safety

Margaret has over 20 years experience in the waste management industry and over 10 years working within the Environment, Quality & Safety field. 

She was instrumental in the development and implementation of SITA’s national EQ&S Management System and the national certification of the Management System to AS4801 – Occupational Health and Safety and ISO14001 – Environmental Systems.

Margaret has cross-discipline technical expertise in a variety of areas including waste management, occupational health and safety management, training, legal compliance, risk management, environmental management and workers compensation.

She is a qualified Environmental and OH&S Auditor and Incident and Accident Investigator.


Peter Stephens

General Manager, National Key Accounts

Peter has over ten years experience in the Australian waste industry, with approximately five of those years working within SITA Australia.

Over the past decade he has held major sales and commercial account management roles in both New South Wales and Queensland in variety of waste industry associated businesses. These roles have focused on providing commercial solutions to customer resource recovery, recycling and waste management needs.

As the General Manager, National Key Accounts, Peter is responsible for delivering SITA's expectations in account management principles, tendering and articulating SITA’s unique position in the marketplace through a team of dedicated national sales professionals.

Peter holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Adelaide University.

John Hassett

State General Manager, New South Wales

John has a background in accounting and 16 years experience in the waste industry. Prior to his current role he held the position of SITA’s Finance Director.

Under John's direction SITA’s New South Wales business has developed a significant waste collection and treatment footprint with the ability to treat a large range of customer waste products including general waste, recycling, liquid, medical, and quarantine and product destruction.

SITA NSW is the largest producer of compost from waste providing a further competitive advantage. He has recently completed a four year term as Director and Treasurer of the Waste Management Association of Australia.

John has a Bachelor of Commerce (UNSW), is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Nial Stock

State General Manager, Western Australia

Nial leads the SITA WA team to provide responsible waste generators with tailored services that are hassle free and maximise resource recovery. He is a a Director of WA Landfill Services (WALS) and SITA-MediCollect, which are within the SITA WA business portfolio, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Waste Management Association of Australia WA branch.

Nial worked for nine years in the transport and logistics industry in the UK and has served for 13 years in the Australian waste industry in a variety of senior, private sector positions. 

He holds a BA Honours Degree in Urban and Regional Planning and a Bachelor of Town Planning.

Peter Hudson

State General Manager, Queensland

Peter has over 14 years of experience in the waste industry with a background in Project Management. Prior to joining SITA in 2009, he held senior management positions in both New South Wales and Queensland.

Peter is currently the State General Manager for SITA in Queensland.  Before this appointment he held the position of General Manager, Commercial & Industrial Services for the Queensland business and continues to develop his business with double digit growth every year.  Under Peter's leadership the business has grown significantly in Regional QLD within the mining and heavy industrial sectors.

Peter sits on the board of WRIQ (Waste Recycling Industry Association QLD) and serves as Secretary on the governance committee this organisation. Through this position he is actively involved  in consulting with state government on waste and recycling policies.

Kelvin Sargent

State General Manager, Victoria

Kelvin Sargent holds significant commercial and general management experience with a career spanning over 25 years in industries such as transport, concrete, quarrying, recycling and mining.

Prior to joining SITA Australia in May 2014, Kelvin held leadership roles in companies in both the United Kingdom and across Australia. 

Most recently, Kelvin worked with the McCaleese Group as the General Manager of the national fuel and gas division, following a successful eleven year career with Holcim in a number of senior leadership roles, the last as General Manager of its Victorian, South Australian and Tasmanian concrete business.

Kelvin has a Bachelor of Science Degree with Honours in Geology, Chemistry and Business and a Master of Science Degree in Industrial Mineralogy. This is complemented by international business study and leadership programs through Stanford University, INSEAD, IMD and Tec de Monterrey.

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