Austin Whittaker is a senior executive with experience as CEO, Managing Director, Commercial Director, Security & Risk Director and Independent Corporate Advisor across a range of industry sectors including cleantech, renewable energy, investment banking, funds management, security risk management and global trade.
Austin has recently been appointed to the Board of NevHouse Holdings Ltd (NevHouse) to assist the company with its expansion into global markets.
As Commercial Director of an Australian based environmental engineering company, Austin was responsible for all corporate, legal, commercial and financial aspects of the business and major project development. New technologies were developed and commercialised for the processing of waste plastics, waste tyres and waste oil to produce saleable products. In this role, Austin engaged internationally with equipment manufacturers, engineers, scientists, academics, financiers and various other experts to achieve project outcomes.
With a United States based partner, Austin has an interest in an innovative technology for processing municipal solid waste and separating plastics and other materials from the waste stream. This technology is synergistic with the NevHouse technology and can add value to selected NevHouse projects.
Prior to developing an interest in circular economy and resource recovery, Austin managed sensitive security, risk, crisis and special projects for Australian Government agencies, State Government Departments and Corporate sector clients; and abroad for several Governments and various multi-national companies.
Austin has delivered training in leadership, team building and conflict management at three Australian Universities, has worked closely with international private clients, companies and governments from Asia, the Pacific Region and the Middle East, and consulted to a United Nations Global Trade Project.
In earlier government careers, Austin served in operational leadership and specialist training positions in Australian Army Special Operations Forces (Commando Green Beret) and the NSW Police Force, where he was awarded the NSW Police Commissioners Commendation for Courage, the NSW Police State Commanders Commendation and the NSW Police Medal. He undertook exchange service programs with the United States Department of Justice FBI (Quantico), a US Navy SEAL Team and other specialised agencies in Australia and abroad.
Austin’s education qualifications include a Master of International Law; post-graduate awards in Strategic Leadership, Global Law Practice and Dispute Resolution; and various tertiary qualifications including Project Management, Business, Security & Risk Management, Public Safety (Emergency Management), Fraud Control, Government Security and Government Investigations.
Family, community service and rugby union are Austin’s interests away from work. He continues to play in Masters’ Rugby tournaments, serves on committees of several community service and rugby organisations and has coached junior sporting teams for over 30 years.