Our People2021-03-16T05:52:25+00:00

Meet the team


Ian is a retired engineer and joined the Board of Salamander Bay Recycling in November 2016.

Following a 35 year career in the RAAF as an aircraft engineering officer and project manager; Ian has subsequently provided consultancy and management services to both Government and the private sector.

Ian has a specific interest in ensuring governance compliance and at a Board level, he is actively involved with helping to improve the services and support that Salamander Bay Recycling provides to the Port Stephens community.

DENNIS STOKES – Vice Chairman

Now fully retired, Dennis started his career in the Royal Australian Navy and left the service in 1967 having achieved the rank of Petty Officer Communications.

Having spent most of his career in the Electronics industry, Dennis moved to Nelson Bay with his wife in 1999.

He was invited to join the Board of Salamander Bay Recycling in 2013 and currently holds the position of Vice-Chairman.

SANDRA BALL – Secretary

Sandra and her family moved to Soldiers Point in 1973.

Her career has been primarily spent in the Tourism and Public Relations sectors but as a retiree; she has taken a more-avid interest in our local environment and is an active member of numerous community-focused initiatives.

Sandra joined the Board of Salamander Bay Recycling in 1995 and currently holds the position of Secretary.

VAL STEWART – Assistant Secretary

Val’s Human Resources career was principally within the Australian and American multi-national telecommunications industries as Director/General Manager of HR within the Australasian region.

Val has been a permanent resident in the Bay area since 2014 and has owned property locally since the early 2000s. She joined the Board of Salamander Bay Recycling in December 2015 and currently holds the position of Assistant Secretary.

BADEN MILNE – Director

Prior to moving to Australia in 1967, Baden went to school and completed a Carpentry apprenticeship in his native New Zealand.

After a successful career in the Building industry, he retired in 2007 and joined the Salamander Bay Men’s Shed; where he held the role of Treasurer and was also a Committee member for 10 years.

Baden has been a Board member for Salamander Bay Recycling since 2012.


John was raised in Port Stephens alongside his two sisters. In 1993 he graduated from Macquarie University with a science degree in Resource and Environmental Management. While studying, he worked at The Australian Museum in Sydney and as a reservist for the Australian Army. As a graduate of the Institute of Company Directors he served as Director and Deputy Chair for one of the nation’s largest cooperative companies. He is a proud, local business owner and father of three children. John joined the Board in early 2020 and is enthusiastic about reaching positive decision-making processes through healthy, robust discussion at Board level.

KYLE TAYLOR – Director

Kyle has spent the last 14 years working within the finance industry. Throughout his career, he has held various leadership and risk management roles and currently manages a Regional Agribusiness Banking Team covering the Port Stephens, Hunter Valley and Central Coast areas. He has served on the Boards of several Not-For-Profit organisations and held the role of Treasurer.

Kyle joined the Salamander Bay Recycling Board in 2019 and has lived in Nelson Bay since 2010 with his young family.


An ordained Deacon in the Anglican Church since 2010; Elisabeth is married to Ian and has two sons. She is passionate about the environment, recycling, social justice and the provision of improved care for the less-fortunate in society.

Currently a Disability Support Worker, she spends her time working with local people and enjoys encouraging them to seek their independence.

Elisabeth, who moved to Nelson Bay in 1983, has been a Board member since 2000.

Give a little. Gain a lot! Volunteer today!

Salamander Bay Recycling relies heavily on the contributions made by our wonderful volunteers.

If you are a genuine individual and looking to spend a few hours each week with interesting, community-spirited people; then we’d be happy to get you involved.
Contact us on 02 4984 6244 or pop in and chat with one of our friendly counter staff; by doing so, you’ll be giving a little of your time whilst gaining a lot new experiences.