The Bower Team

You’ve probably met one or two of our awesome team – but have you met us all? Each member of the team comes from a different background and has different expertise to offer.


Guido Verbist

Guido Verbist
Cooperative Manager

Guido has worked in the not-for-profit and commercial sector including managing a recycling centre in his native Belgium. Between 2000 and 2008 Guido managed Greenpeace International’s operations department. Since moving to Australia in 2009 he was managing the Asia Pacific branch of a global security company. He started as Co-operative manager in August 2013. His ambition is to establish The Bower as a long term partner for the city’s councils waste management programs, create additional employment and training opportunities in the waste reuse and repair industry and give quality goods at affordable prices back to the community.



Louise  Gracelou
Collection & Rehoming Service Manager






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Neridah  Llewellyn
Office Manager





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Annette Mayne
Communications Manager

Annette is passionate about diverting waste from landfill and reckons her garage is a mini version of The Bower.  With a career background in marketing and communications, Annette spent many years working for multinational retail organisations until one day she convinced a small environmental charity in London to take her on to run a point-of-sale recycling campaign in supermarkets. Prior to joining The Bower, Annette was most recently working for WWF Australia on the Earth Hour campaign and philanthropy programs. In her spare time she teaches children to sew using upcycled fabrics and materials.


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Bower Woodworks 







Luke Mitchell
Sales, Floor, Repairs and Driver






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Store Manager







Christine Smith

Sales and Floor

Smith worked for more than 20 years in the Taronga and Western Plain Zoos as work health and safety manager. The globetrotter virus has taken her to Asia, Europe, Latin America and South Africa. She nominates as a highlight a one on one 80 minutes guided tour with Nelson Mandela in Taranga Zoo. Smith works as a casual salesperson for The Bower, is an active consignee and facilitates some of our Tricks of the Trade workshops.