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The Board of Responsible Trades Australia brings a wealth of corporate experience and industry knowledge to the  Association’s guidance and governance.


Mark Thomas  
RTA Board Member, CEO RTA 

Mark is a resourceful Senior Executive, highly experienced in defining future business development trends and implementing successful strategies. He was instrumental in the formation of the Australian Battery Recycling Initiative (ABRI), serving as a Committee Member and holding the position of President from 2009 to 2011. 

Mark specialises in sustainability and product stewardship, with a strong track record in research, policy, stakeholder engagement and corporate management. He is dedicated to providing tailored solutions that deliver ongoing improvements and enduring change for all stakeholders.

Mark is widely recognised as a gifted administrator, a professional industry association governor and an experienced leader. He is CEO of Responsible Trades Australia Ltd.

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John Stafford
RTA Board Member

John Stafford, Chief Operating Officer at Aspire42, is widely recognised as a top-performing senior executive with a depth of experience in leading a number of national corporations. His strengths are widely recognised in both the development and direction of strategic pathways, increasing operational efficiencies, and developing the necessary skills and teams to maximise sustained growth and profitability.

John has a diverse professional background spanning business development, operations management and sales. He is well recognised for his passion and ability to inspire and unite those within his team to achieve defined goals. John is a straight talker, a skilled communicator and negotiator, and a respected leader of the Aspire42 executive team. 

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Jill Johnson
RTA Board Member

Jill is a widely respected expert in public relations, marketing, and communications. She has worked across a broad section of industry groups, including finance, sporting goods, telecommunications, luxury auto, and construction. Jill has also applied her comprehensive knowledge of business to create several successful industry publications in the luxury auto, building, and construction industries.

Jill is renowned for her strong commitment to results, as well as for working to clearly defined goals and strategies. She is Director of Stakeholder Relations at Aspire42.

Jill can be contacted at

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