Appointments round-up (04/05/2021)

With news of an ELV chief for EMR; new faces and a departure at CIWM; and Paldeep Bhatti moves on from the Kent Resource Partnership.

Additions and a departure at CIWM

The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management has announced that it is “ramping up its policy and technical capability” with two new appointments to the team as its current current policy director departs.

Pat Jennings
Pat Jennings, head of policy at CIWM, is departing in June

It is saying “goodbye” to Pat Jennings, CIWM’s policy, knowledge & external affairs director, who will be leaving the organisation at the end of June after 13 years working on policy, external affairs and communications. Ms Jennings had planned to step down last summer but with the pandemic impacting globally had agreed to stay for another year.

Thanking her on behalf of CIWM, its senior vice president Adam Read said: “On behalf of the trustees who have worked closely with Pat during her time with CIWM, I would like to offer her a huge thank you for her efforts, her style and her influence. She has provided the membership with up to date insights on policy issues for so many years and has presented the CIWM to a host of influential stakeholders with professionalism and a real sense of collaboration.”

Dr Read added: “She will be missed and we all wish her well with her adventures, and we should expect to see her back in the sector at some point in the future as it evolves, a sector which she has helped to shape on behalf of the CIWM and its members.”

Duo join CIWM

Ray Parmenter is CIWM’s new policy lead

Two new team members at CIWM are Ray Parmenter and Richard Hudson.

Mr Parmenter comes into a new role as head of policy & technical. He is a former director of regulatory afffairs at Veolia and most recently has been working for the Environment Agency on the national digital waste tracking project.

Mr Parmenter has over 30 years’ experience in the resources and waste sector, with a particular focus on special/hazardous waste, permitting, duty of care and legislation.

Richard Hudson is a co-lead technical manager at CIWM

Teaming up with CIWM’s existing technical manager Tina Benfield, Richard Hudson joins as technical manager (Co-Lead). He is a polymer specialist with over 30 years’ experience in both virgin and secondary plastics and wider materials, including seven years working for Valpak. His areas of expertise include packaging producer responsibility, plastics recycling processes and markets, MRFs and materials standards.


Commenting on the new appointments, CIWM Chief Executive Sarah Poulter said: “We are delighted to be welcoming Ray and Richard into CIWM’s Policy & Technical Team. Their expertise will strengthen CIWM’s capability and breadth of knowledge in critical areas for our sector as new policy frameworks are finalised and implemented on packaging waste, collections, and the Plastics Tax, and as circular economy challenges including materials quality and the chemicals and waste interface move up the agenda.”

Bhatti leaves Kent for packaging organisation

Paldeep Bhatti, manager of the Kent Resource Partnership, is to leave the partnership this month to take up a new post within packaging industry organisation Incpen.

Mr Bhatti said that a recruitment process is to take place shortly to fill the vacant KRP post and that Kent county council will be leading this process on behalf of the 13 Kent councils.

At the Industry Council for Packaging and the Environment (INCPEN), Mr Bhatti will be head of research and policy UK and Ireland. At Incpen he will work with Paul Vanston who headed the Kent Resource Partnership until 2016 and is now chief executive of Incpen.

Mr Bhatti said: “Over the last 10 years, I’ve really enjoyed working with you all. It’s also truly been an honour to serve the 13 Kent councils – and its 1.5 million citizens.”

ELV general manager for EMR

Metals recycling business EMR has announced the appointment of Simon Bastin-Mitchell as its UK ELV (end-of-life vehicle) parts and dismantling general manager.

Simon Bastin-Mitchell has joined EMR

The company said that the new role will see Mr Bastin-Mitchell lead EMR’s effort to generate more value from the vehicles received at EMR’s UK sites – either via resale to others or dismantling for parts.

And, EMR noted: “Extending the life of vehicles and parts in this way saves even more carbon than if they are immediately shredded and recycled to recover metals, plastics and other materials.

Mr Bastin-Mitchell has nearly two decades of experience in the vehicle recycling industry. He said: “I have been brought on board to extract additional value from every vehicle that comes into an EMR site. We are building a vehicle recycling division that will complement the rest of the market, reselling whole cars and individual parts – there is huge potential for growth.”

Roger Morton, managing director of technology and innovation at EMR said: “Over the past decade EMR has invested over £350 million in new technologies and partnerships which enable us to recycle 95% of any ELV sold to us. With Simon’s appointment we can minimise further waste from ELVs through the recovery of vehicles that are in a condition where they can be reused, recycled, repaired or dismantled for parts.”

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