Board of Directors and Secretariat

The ResponsibleSteel Board of Directors has experience in steel production, social and environmental issues, not for profit governance, reputation management and standard setting.

The Board includes three business, three civil society and three independent representatives, together with the ResponsibleSteel™ Executive Director.

The Board is focussed on establishing ResponsibleSteel as an effective, viable programme, suited to achieve its vision and mission. In the longer term Board members will be elected by the membership.

The ResponsibleSteel Secretariat is in charge of the day-to-day running of ResponsibleSteel.

In addition to the internal running of the organisation, the Secretariat leads the development of ResponsibleSteel‘s standards and assurance mechanisms, manages its stakeholder engagement and communications and implements its membership programme, including the organisation of the annual ResponsibleSteel™ Forum.

Gerry Tidd

Chairman - Business

Gerry is Executive Vice President, Corporate, for BlueScope, Australia’s largest steel manufacturer. Gerry joined the company in 2006 and is responsible for the company’s external affairs globally.

He is the founding director of Manufacturing Australia, the peak industry association representing 12 of Australia’s largest manufacturing companies.

Gerry’s domestic work has centred on public policy and economic reform in key areas including: carbon and energy; trade and anti-dumping; productivity restructuring; digital development and corporate sustainability.

Internationally, he works with governments and authorities on bilateral and multilateral trade agreements and regulatory issues.

Gerry has been advising publicly-listed companies across the IT&T, property, education, bio/technology and manufacturing sectors for more than 20 years, working extensively across the Asia Pacific economies. He has also worked as an entrepreneur in the SME sector, having established, built and subsequently sold his own independent consulting businesses.

Gerry holds an MBA in International Management and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Gerry Tidd, Chairman - Business

Bradley Davey

Board of Directors - Business

Bradley Davey, 56, is a member of the ArcelorMittal Group Management Committee, Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Business Optimization.

He joined Dofasco in 1986 as a project engineer in the Central Maintenance department, joined assigned Maintenance in 1989, and then the Hot Strip Mill in 1990. He held various positions in the HSM before becoming a Business Unit Manager in 1996. Bradley Davey gained international manufacturing experience through this role by leading 2 separate multi-year technical exchanges with the 2 leading Japanese steelmakers and through leading Dofasco’s Hot Strip Mill modernization project.

In 2002 he changed careers to Marketing as a Manager Strategic Marketing, lead Dofasco’s Marketing process redesign project before becoming General Manager of Marketing in 2005, then to Director of Industry Sales in 2007, and then Vice President Commercial in 2008. In 2014, he added CMO North America Automotive, then became CMO North America Flat Rolled later in 2014.

In 2016 he became CMO of Global Automotive along with CMO North America. In 2018 Brad became CEO ArcelorMittal North America and held this until his recent nomination to Head of Corporate Business Optimization beginning April 2021.

Currently based in Canada, Mr. Davey has responsibility for Global Automotive, R&D, CTO, Commercial Coordination, Corporate Capital Goods Procurement, Corporate Communications and Corporate Responsibility, Automotive JV’s in China and India, Tailored Blanks Americas, and is Vice Chairman of the Investment Allocation Committee.

Mr. Davey holds a mechanical engineering degree from McMaster University, Canada.
Bradley Davey is a citizen of Canada.

Bradley Davey, Board of Directors - Business

Andrew Marjoribanks

Board member - Independent

Andrew, a metallurgy graduate from Glasgow University, has spent his working life in the steel industry. This was mostly in Australia in marketing functions and he was BHPSteel’s representative on the IISI (now World Steel Association) Marketing Committee for 10 years, chairing it for 4. During that time he became increasingly involved in the emergence of sustainability as a major issue for the steel industry, in Australia and worldwide.

On retirement from BlueScope (as BHP Steel became) he was appointed as chair of the Sustainability Committee of the Australian Steel Institute (ASI) which also lead to his current Board appointments on the Australian Life Cycle Assessment Society, and, until recently, as a director of EPD Australasia Ltd.

In 2008 he represented the ASI at the formation of the Steel Stewardship Forum (SSF), which in 2010 began the project which was to become ResponsibleSteel. Andrew was involved in this from the outset and was a member of the working group which developed it to the point where it became a separate entity and was incorporated in 2016 as the Steel Stewardship Council Ltd, now renamed as ResponsibleSteel Ltd.

Andrew has been an independent director since incorporation.

Andrew Marjoribanks, Board member - Independent

Cate Harris

Board of Directors - Business

Group Head of Sustainability & Leadlease Foundation

For close to 20 years, Cate has been actively involved in the design, planning, delivery and management of sustainability strategies across both the public and private sectors – including more than 11 years collectively at Lendlease.

Having completed a secondment as the Executive Director at the UN Global Compact Network Australia (GCNA), Cate returned to Lendlease in 2018 in the role of Group Head of Sustainability and Lendlease Foundation, responsible for the remit of both functions across Lendlease’s operations globally.

In 2011 Cate was named as one of ABC Carbon’s 100 Global Sustain Ability Leaders and was a winner of the Australian Financial Review BOSS Magazine Young Executive of the Year 2009.

Cate Harris, Board of Directors - Business

Matthias Hartwich

Board member - Civil Society

Matthias is Director of IndustriALL Global Union in Geneva, Switzerland, with responsibility for the Mechanical Engineering and the Base Metals Sector.

Matthias holds a degree in political science at the university in Bremen, Germany and a post-graduate certificate (CAS) in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) of the zhaw in Winterthur, Switzerland. He became a trade union member in 1990 and went on to work for the German construction workers’ trade union (IG BAU) from 1993 to 2007. During that time, he held many positions, including regional executive officer and coordinator/campaigner for works councils including the European Works Councils, on federal level. He negotiated social plans and EWC agreements, as well as CBA’s on local and regional level.

From 2008 to 2012, he served with the Swiss multi-professional trade union, Unia, as European works councils coordinator and CBA negotiation coordinator. He negotiated CBAs in the Swiss cement industry.

In his current position with IndustriALL, he is active in international campaigns and in social dialogues such as Global Framework Agreements and World Union Councils. He conducts global trade unions campaigns and has experience with the OECD Guidelines for MNC’s and the complaint procedure.

Matthias Hartwich, Board member - Civil Society

Sanjiv Paul

Board of Directors - Business

Sanjiv Paul is Vice President, Safety Health & Sustainability at Tata Steel Limited

He graduated in Metallurgical Engineering and joined Tata Steel Ltd. In 1986 as Graduate Trainee. He started his career at Steel Melting Shops, where working in various capacities till 1998. After completion of a Senior Management program at CEDEP, France, he moved on to assume leadership roles in areas of General Management in TSL. He assumed the position of GM (Town Services) in January 2003 and under his leadership, the Town Service Division became an independent company by the name of Jamshedpur Utilities & Services, which he headed as Managing Director till March 2010. He was the VP (corporate services) of TSL from April 2010 till March 2013 after which he joined Tata Metaliks Ltd, as Managing Director. From July 2017 he has assumed the role of VP, Safety Health & Sustainability at TSL. Apart from being an active member of CII, FICCI & BCCI and providing guidance as chairman/member of the board of various organisation such as mJunction, JUSCO, Tata Metaliks, Tata Pigments, NIFFT etc. he is an avid reader and golfer.

Sanjiv Paul, Board of Directors - Business

Mike Peirce

Board of Directors - Civil Society

Mike Pierce, Director of Corporate Partnerships

Mike Peirce leads the Climate Group’s portfolio of global campaigns that are designed to secure climate commitment and action from the world’s most influential companies: from growing demand for renewable energy (RE100), electric vehicles (EV100) and low carbon steel (SteelZero), to investing in smart energy systems (EP100) including cooling technologies and LED lighting.

Mike has worked with companies across the world on climate and sustainability issues since 1998, spending more than a decade at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), including as Director of Executive Programmes and Director of Strategy & Communications.

Before joining CISL, he was Chief Operating Officer of AccountAbility where he led the development of the AA1000 framework for sustainability accounting and reporting.

Mike started his career as a business consultant for the COBA Group, following studies in politics, philosophy and economics at the University of Oxford, and international relations at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University.

Mike Peirce, Board of Directors - Civil Society

Hayley Jarick

Board member - Independent

Hayley Jarick is the CEO of the Australian Supply Chain Sustainability School. Hayley has experience in governance, strategic management, marketing, membership, adult learning, advocacy, financial analytics, sales and customer service in manufacturing, residential and commercial building, heavy construction, professional services and international trade; for-profit and for-purpose; big and small; paid and voluntary.

Hayley has previously worked for the Resolution Institute, Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) and BlueScope Steel. Hayley loves scrapbooking and paint-by-numbers. Myers and Briggs call Hayley an ENFP, Other Personality Types gurus call her a Driver, Herrmann calls her an Experimental thinker, Scouts call her Ikki, and her two children call her Mum.

Hayley Jarick, Board member - Independent

Leeora Black

Board member - Independent

Leeora Black is an independent consultant specialising in the social aspects of corporate responsibility including human rights and the social license to operate.

First becoming involved in the Australian steel industry as a consultant in 1985, Leeora designed and implemented the launch of the then BHP Steel’s flagship national program, Strengthening Australia. She went on to run the BHP Australian Steel Awards for 14 years and worked with the Steel Stewardship Forum in 2013 to undertake the market research towards development of the certification scheme that is now ResponsibleSteel.

Leeora spent 14 years as the Managing Director of the Australian Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility, before the organisation joined Deloitte in 2017, where she continued as Principal in the Sustainability Services team until 2020.

She holds a PhD in Corporate Social Responsibility from Monash University and authored the first book published on the social license, “The Social License to Operate: Your Management Framework for Complex Times” (2013).

Leeora Black, Board member - Independent

Ali Lucas

Acting CEO

Ali has 30+ years of international conservation, campaigning, fundraising and communications experience with a strong emphasis in public, corporate and major donor fundraising, public affairs, special events, branding and messaging, campaign, and media strategy, in both the commercial and charitable sectors.

Early projects included working on the launch of the Forest Stewardship Council and leading campaigns against the illegal trade in wildlife. Key achievements include co-founding The Climate Group and growing it from an initial team of 3 to an international organisation with over 100+ staff in offices in the US, Europe, India and China, founding and running a corporate and NGO communications consultancy with clients ranging from the European Climate Foundation to Sainsburys, and rising within the WWF network to lead the Fundraising and Marketing Dept for WWF UK responsible for delivering annual income of £70 million. Recently launched the Clean Air Fund, a new initiative pooling philanthropic finds to tackle air pollution globally with initial funds raised of $50 million.

Ali joined ResponsibleSteel to assist with its business development in 2019.

Ali Lucas, Acting CEO

Matthew Wenban-Smith

GHG Lead

Matthew Wenban-Smith has worked in the area of voluntary sustainability standards and conformity assessment since 1994, when he was taken on by the newly established Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) to set up its accreditation programme. He left FSC in 2006 to found the independent consultancy OneWorldStandards, providing services to established and emerging sustainability standards initiatives, their clients and stakeholders.

Matthew completed a variety of projects for OneWorldStandards in the mining, minerals and metals sectors, including work for the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM); on the establishment of the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA); a review of standards initiatives in the mining sector for WWF; and more recently as a lead author for the IISD State of Sustainability Initiatives report ‘Standards and the Extractive Economy’.

He was appointed Executive Director of ResponsibleSteel in 2017. Matthew stepped down as Executive Director as of May 2020 to take up the new role of Policy & Standards Director

Matthew Wenban-Smith, GHG Lead

Marnie Bammert

Technical and Assurance Director

Marnie is an independent consultant with 20 years of experience in developing, implementing and communicating sustainability certification and verification programmes.

Marnie started her journey into the field of sustainability with oekom research, a rating agency specialised in sustainable and ethical investments. She then moved to the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), a certification programme for sustainable fisheries. Between 2005 and 2015 Marnie held various positions with MSC, including Deputy Director Europe.

Since then, Marnie has worked as a consultant on projects ranging from protected areas to nature-based solutions, to infrastructure and mining. Marnie has worked with ResponsibleSteel since early 2018.

She holds a Masters’ degree in Sustainable Urban and Regional Development from the University of Trier, Germany.

Marnie Bammert, Technical and Assurance Director

Rory Meredith

Policy & Assurance Manager

Rory graduated from the University of Oxford with a degree in geography in 2020, where he focused his studies on the interactions between human and physical systems as well as the history of environmental thought. This included analysing and evaluating sustainable supply chains and global patterns of ESG investment.

He joined the ResponsibleSteel Secretariat in July 2021, having spent the previous year supporting the policy and campaigns work of two charities in the UK. Rory is thrilled to be starting his career at such a vital moment for the steel sector.

Rory Meredith, Policy & Assurance Manager

Beverley Kursten

Executive Assistant

Beverley has been an Executive Assistant for over 20 years. She has a strong commercial background and has worked at Board level for various companies including Deloitte, Radley + Co Ltd, SAB Miller, and Robert Dyas Holdings Ltd.

When not working Beverley is a wife, and a mum to a 14-year-old son. She is an avid runner and enjoys hiking up mountains.

She is excited to be joining ResponsibleSteel at this time of growth.

Beverley Kursten, Executive Assistant

Shivakumar Kuppuswamy

Policy and Impacts Director

Shiva is a metallurgical engineer with over thirty years of international experience in core sector engineering industries. He is interested in the intersection between engineering, energy, and environment with a focus on decarbonization of engineering. He started his career with steel melting systems for mini steel plants and managed steel industry and trade business for Lloyds Group in India. Besides steel he has also worked with exotic metals developing components for aerospace and other niche applications.

Shiva is passionate about finding practical sustainable pathways to mitigate climate change impacts in high carbon intensity industries. He attended the COP21 Paris conference as a UN delegate representing the University of Waterloo and regularly participates in other energy and climate change related events. As part of his renewable portfolio he has managed development of 110MW project as project director with strong interests in geothermal energy and hydrogen based systems. Having managed steel supply chain internationally he has a strong understanding of the steel industry decbarbonisation challenges and the policy drivers that influence a net zero transition for the industry.

Prior to joining ResponsibleSteel he was managing his consulting firm focused on metallurgical consulting and sustainability advisory for engineering and process industries in Canada, India and the GCC region. At ResponsibleSteel, Shiva ensures that ResponsibleSteel and its Standard deliver impact in line with the stated mission and demonstrate the effectiveness of Theory of Change. In addition to a bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering, he also holds a master’s degree in Climate Change from the University of Waterloo, Canada. He is a recipient of the British Chevening Scholarship and has completed advanced management from the Manchester Business School, UK.

Shiva is an avid reader and enjoys biking, hiking and mentors junior engineers in climate change during his spare time.

Shivakumar Kuppuswamy, Policy and Impacts Director

Savannah Hayes

Communications Manager

Savannah graduated from the University of York in 2016 with an undergraduate degree in History, after which she managed her own blog and worked as a freelance writer.

She then undertook a master’s degree in Conflict, Security, and Development at King’s College London, graduating in 2020. During her studies, she analysed a range of issues most notably the roles which endemic poverty, human rights abuses, and the climate crisis can play in fuelling migration and provoking conflict.

She has worked with several charities in research, communications, and fundraising capacities and has provided ongoing support to the volunteer communications team at Christian Aid for several years. She is looking forward to continuing her communications journey with ResponsibleSteel.

Savannah Hayes, Communications Manager

Thuong Bui

Standard and Assurance Director

Thuong has 10+ years of experience using certification as a tool to create impact and drive sustainability in different sectors. He has worked for a certification body, an accreditation body and lately, played an important role in the world’s biggest sustainable agriculture certification program with the Rainforest Alliance.

As an auditor, Thuong used various standards to help organisations improve their quality management systems and sustainability practices. With the Rainforest Alliance, Thuong played critical roles in continually improving their standards and assurance processes as well as shaping the scheme’s latest assurance system published in 2020. Thuong enjoys working in a multi-stakeholder environment, especially working with certification bodies and companies worldwide. He is passionate about using certification to drive systemic changes and addressing social and environmental challenges through sustainability certification and projects.

Thuong is excited to join ResponsibleSteel and is looking forward to supporting the steel sector in its sustainability journey.

Thuong Bui, Standard and Assurance Director