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Ashley is leading the implementation of a new waste levy in Queensland to provide a market signal to reduce the amount of waste disposed to landfill while providing a source of funding for reinvestment in the resource recovery and recycling industry to grow the economy and create jobs.
Prior to this he held the position Chief Inspector of Stock with Biosecurity Queensland with responsibility for mitigating the risks and impacts of animal pests and diseases on the economy, environment, social amenity and human health.
He has wide ranging public sector experience leading strategy development, policy analysis and advice, science leadership and operational service delivery. He has led major reform initiatives, including:
Ashley began his career began in the university sector where he engaged and inspired the next generation of conservation scientists and led world class research with expertise in developing innovative solutions for the conservation and management of marine biodiversity both locally and globally. He continues to hold an Adjunct Associate Professor position with the University of Queensland where he teaches public policy at the postgraduate level.
He holds qualifications in science (BSc(Hons) and PhD) from the University of Melbourne, an EMPA from ANZSOG (Griffith University) and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.