Meet the team

The interim Board team has experience in steel production, sustainability, not for profit, governance, programmes of change, reputation management and standard setting.

As a membership organisation ResponsibleSteel will have an elected Board, accountable to the membership. Their role will be focused on efficient business and institutional decision-making, which a relatively small board will encourage.

Dr Alan Knight OBE


Alan has over 25 years’ experience of working with global companies and governments on sustainability. He joined the world’s largest Steel company ArcelorMittal in 2014 as their General Manager for Corporate Responsibility and since then has helped develop a sustainability framework ranging from products to process. Alan created and chaired the Ebola Private Sector Mobilisation Group, which was a collaboration of over 100 companies sharing best practice and coordinating the corporate respond to Ebola in West Africa. For this he was made a Clinton Global Citizen honoree in 2015.

Previous to that he was Sustainability Director for Business and the Community (BITC) where he oversaw all their Corporate Sustainability Programmes. He advised the Virgin Group on sustainable development for seven years and led the Virgin Earth Challenge: Sir Richard Branson’s $25m prize for scalable, sustainable ways of removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. Previously he has worked with global companies as diverse as B&Q where led their CSR and Sustainability programme for 10 years. He was instrumental in founding and developing the Forest Stewardship Council. He held similar roles in the Parent company Kingfisher and SABMiller, the multibillion brewery company.

For nine years he was a commissioner with the Sustainable Development Commission and he introduced the concept of "choice editing" into the product policy debate. He also chaired the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Nature Partnership. He is a Senior Associate of the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership.

In June 1998 Alan was awarded the OBE, in 2005 the US-based Rainforest Alliance presented him with a lifelong award and in 2013 he was made an Honorary Fellow of the Society for the Environment.

Dr Alan Knight OBE, Chairman

Ross Davies

Deputy Chair

Ross is a specialist on sustainability for BlueScope Steel. With over 30 years experience in the steel industry his background includes previous roles in sales, marketing, business management and change management before moving into the sustainability area ten years ago.

Ross represents BlueScope Steel or the Australian steel industry on a number of industry groups including:

  • World Steel Association Product Sustainability committee,
  • Australian Steel Institute Sustainability Committee,
  • Technical Committee - Building Products Innovation Council,
  • Green Building Council ‘Thought Leader’ (2013-14)
  • Green Building Council of Australia Technical Advisory Committee member (2013-14),
  • Green Building Council’s Industry Advisory Committee (2013-14),
  • Chair Materials Working Group - Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia, 2014-2016
  • Green Cross Australia - Business Adaptation Network,
  • Standards Australia Ecolabeling Committee representing Australian Industry Group (IAG),
  • Steering Committee National Conversation Sustainable Residential Housing,
  • Committee member Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council,
  • Past President of Australian Steel Stewardship Forum. 2009 - 2015
  • Past Chairman Steel Stewardship Council Ltd. 2016 - 2017

Ross is a Green Star Accredited Professional, Infrastructure Sustainability Accredited Professional, accredited practitioner in Prosci Change Management, accredited trainer of Situational Leadership II, trained in Negotiation and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from Macquarie University.

Ross Davies, Deputy Chair

Matthew Wenban-Smith

Executive Director

Matthew is the Director of OneWorldStandards Ltd, an independent consultancy providing services to established and emerging sustainability standards initiatives, their clients and stakeholders. OneWorldStandards’ areas of work include standards development, conformity assessment, product traceability, claims & labelling, business development and organizational governance.

Matthew has worked in the area of voluntary sustainability standards and conformity assessment since 1994, when he was employed to set up the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) accreditation programme. He went on to manage the Soil Association Woodmark forestry programme for three years, before returning to FSC as Head of Standards and Policy. He founded OneWorldStandards in 2006.

OneWorldStandards has completed over 100 projects and reports in the sector, for clients including the German development organization GIZ, the UN Forum for Sustainability Standards (UNFSS), the Rainforest Alliance, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS), WWF International and many others.

In the mining sector, Matthew has worked for ArcelorMittal on the development of the ResponsibleSteel standards, as well as for Diamond Development International (DDI), the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA), and the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM). He is a lead researcher for the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) on its forthcoming report for the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development, ‘The State of Sustainable Mining’.

Matthew chaired the ISEAL Technical Advisory Committee until June 2017, and has served previously on the Technical Advisory Board of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), the Technical Panel of the High Conservation Value (HCV) Resource Network, and as representative of the Forest Stewardship Council on the ISEAL Board of Directors.

Matthew Wenban-Smith, Executive Director

Craig Heidrich

Company Secretary

Craig is the Managing Director of HBM Group Pty Ltd, the company became involved in industrial by-product utilisation back in 1997. The company specialises in providing professional industry association secretariat services and management support, focusing on industry advocacy, RD&D management, policy development and membership support – leading towards the effective utilisation of industry by-products and recovered resources. The HBM Group, was founded in 1996 by Craig, has demonstrated experience in extensive business management, strategic marketing and business development in small to medium sized enterprises (SME’s) focusing on professional industry association management. Industry sector experience includes automotive, steel manufacturing, energy, mining, marine and heavy construction materials with both national and international distribution networks.

Craig is an MBA graduated specialising in the Governance of Not for Profit (NFP) organisations and also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management (FAIM), a member of the Australian Society of Association Executives (AuSAE), a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD) and a Certified Practicing Marketer (CPM) with the Australian Marketing Institute professional program.

He has edited one book, produced numerous industry publications and published over 100 papers and conference proceedings on industrial by-product and governance of NFP.

Craig Heidrich, Company Secretary

Andrew Marjoribanks

Board member

Andrew, a metallurgy graduate from Glasgow University, 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 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 on the Australasian EPD Program 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 (owner of ResponsibleSteel). Andrew is an interim Director of SSC Ltd.

At the incorporation of ResponsibleSteel the SSF was renamed to be the Australian Steel Stewardship Forum and Andrew acts as the President/Secretary of this group.

Andrew Marjoribanks, Board member

Adam Lee

Board member

Adam is the Campaigns Director, Organizing and Base Metals for IndustriALL Global Union. He has worked for 17 years for labour unions in the metals industries. He had responsibilities in international affairs and strategic campaigns for North America’s largest industrial union, the United Steelworkers, from 2001 to 2014.

Since 2014, Adam has served as a director for IndustriALL Global Union at its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland and is responsible for the base metals sector. He also coordinates global corporate campaigns, working with affiliated unions and with civil society organizations in defence of workers’ rights and interests. He has successfully used capital strategies, digital strategies, and mechanisms of the ILO, OECD and the UN Global Compact to advance campaigns. He also works with affiliated unions to build their organizing capacity.

Adam participates in social dialogue and negotiations with the leadership of major multinational corporations. He also serves on the standards committee of Aluminium Stewardship Initiative. Adam has a Master of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.

Adam Lee, Board member

Francis Sullivan

Board member

Francis is Senior Adviser, Global Sustainability at HSBC Holdings plc. He joined HSBC following a 20-year career in sustainable development at the conservation organisation WWF where he held a variety of leadership roles, including Director of Conservation for WWF-UK. Francis directed a successful forest conservation campaign for WWF International and helped establish the Forest Stewardship Council and was a member of its international board for three years.

Since joining HSBC, Francis has defined the Group's strategy on sustainability issues and works closely with HSBC’s Global Businesses and Global Functions and operations to support its implementation. Francis is also a member of the Board of the HSBC Malta Foundation and a Director of the HSBC Pension Scheme in the UK.

Francis is a currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Environmental Change Institute at Oxford University. He is also a Trustee of the Whitley Awards for Nature Conservation and the Baynards Zambia.

Francis Sullivan, Board member

Gerry Tidd

Board member

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 lobby group representing 10 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, Board member