Endeavour Industries board chairman Geoff Kettle will step down in November after two years in the role.
The former Goulburn Mulwaree Mayor and now business consultant said he could no longer devote the necessary time to the role. He also advises Goulburn's Tribe Breweries, Marulan's Gunlake Quarry and Consolidated Land and Rail Australia, among others.
"This has been a hard decision to make, however, due to an increasing work load that requires much more travel and time spent away from Goulburn, I do not feel that I can continue to give the attention needed to support the Board, the general manager and the executive to a standard that is required," Mr Kettle said.
He will not re-nominate as chairman at the November 4 annual general meeting. He will however remain on the board in an advisory role for a further six to 12 months.
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Mr Kettle said it had been a challenging two years for the Goulburn recycler. The rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and increased regulation of the sector had required not- for-profits and charities to take a more professional approach in their operations.
Changes in the waste industry and the closure of Victorian recycler SKM have also proved challenging. Mr Kettle said manager Sonya White had since opened up new avenues for disposal but there was still no market for some types of glass.
In addition, Endeavour was ramping up an education program with the council to reduce contamination in recycling bins. Mr Kettle said there was still too much.
Over the past two years the not-for-profit had streamlined and improved its operations, while pursuing government and private grants.
During his time he said he had drawn new expertise to the board, including Divall's Earthmoving and Bulk Haulage director, Andy Divall. Mr Kettle is encouraging new members who can support Endeavour's growth to come forward.
He said he remained very supportive of the organisation and was happy to lend any assistance that he could in the future.
"I know that the Board will have confidence in general manager Sonya White and the executive, to continue steering the organisation in the right direction and to uphold the welfare and interests of our staff and supported employees," Mr Kettle said.
"It has been a complete honour and pleasure to Chair this Board and to see the positive transformation of the organisation over the last two years."
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