Appointments round-up (23/12/20)

With news on: Mark Bensted OBE, Dominic Hogg, Paul Collins, Jochen Alt, Jenny Curtis, Stephanie Dalton, Tony McPartland and Steven Dunne

Bensted to become CEO of London Irish

After nearly 11 years with waste management company Powerday, chief executive Mark Bensted OBE is to take up a similar position with London Irish rugby club.

Mr Bensted will join as chief executive of London Irish on 1 January 2021 but will remain as a non-executive director of London-based Powerday to advise on some strategic areas of the business.

Mark Bensted will be CEO of London Irish but retains an advisory role with Powerday

Commenting on the move, Mr Bensted said: “I have really enjoyed my time at Powerday over the last decade and am pleased to have played my part in the growth of the company during this time. Powerday is a brilliant business with a fantastic team.

“I’m greatly looking forward to my new role as CEO of London Irish Rugby Football Club, and I hope to see lots of friends and colleagues down at some London Irish home matches in their fantastic new home, the Brentford Community Stadium by Kew Bridge.”

Powerday chairman, Mick Crossan, commented: “Mark has made a valuable contribution to Powerday since he joined the company back in May 2010 for which I would like to thank him. He will be missed by us all, but I’m glad to say he will still be available to assist me and the Board on a number of strategic projects as a Non-Executive Director. Powerday’s investment into London Irish since 2013 has been significant so I am pleased that Mark will be leading the team there and continuing to look after our joint interests.”

Papineschi to chair Eunomia as Hogg steps aside

Dr Dominic Hogg, the chairman of Eunomia Research & Consulting, has stepped aside after almost 20 years with the company. He has been replaced by Joe Papineschi who has worked alongside Dr Hogg as a director since 2002, most recently leading Eunomia’s commercial development. Mike Brown will continue as managing director.

Dr Dominic Hogg has overseen huge growth and influence at Eunomia

Dr Hogg founded Eunomia in 2001 with the overall objective of building a consultancy focused on improving the environment and helping to shape a greener economy. He has helped its growth across the UK with the business playing a big part in local authority and government research and decision-making. Under his overview, Eunomia has also contributed to a number of major European Commission projects around waste, recycling and the circular economy.

The company now employs over 100 people with offices in Bristol, London, Manchester, Brussels, Athens, New York and Auckland.

Dr Hogg said: “I’m really proud of what we have achieved over the last 20 years. We set out to be at the cutting edge of ways to address environmental challenges. There seems to be an immutable law of environmental problems in that they almost always turn out to be worse than originally thought. What was considered radical thinking in the past looks inadequate today, and so there is still a huge amount more to be done.”

He continued: “Eunomia remains true to the values it was originally founded upon and I know that I’m handing it on to people who are as passionate about that as I am. In the coming months I will be helping to ensure a smooth handover of my responsibilities, and of existing projects and clients. Then I’m looking forward to spending more time supporting my wife in her work, as well as spending time on those issues I care most passionately about.”

CIWM awards Barry Dennis life membership

The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) has awarded life membership to Barry Dennis who has been involved with the sector since 1964. It was then that he joined the Deards group of companies following school and progressed to the main board where he was responsible for the subsidiary involved in waste management.

Barry Dennis who has received CIWM life membership

During his career, Mr Dennis has been involved in a diverse range of activities across waste management, from operating landfills and incinerators to a large vehicle fleet involved in waste collection for both the public and private sectors.

He was president of CIWM from 2010-2011 and served as director-general of the Environmental Services Association (ESA), before stepping down in 2014 after 22 years with the organisation. He then became chairman of the United Resources Operators Consortium (UROC) as its chairman, in a move which he described as “going back to his roots”.

Mr Dennis said he was delighted to be honoured with life membership of CIWM.

Collins joins Carbon8 to ‘drive financial evolution’

Carbon8 Systems, the UK company which notes that it “invented and owns a process that combines industrial waste and residues with captured CO₂ emissions to produce high-value construction aggregate,” has appointed Paul Collins to its board of directors.

Paul Collins will apply his financial expertise at Carbon8

Mr Collins joins Carbon8 Systems after 12 years at consultancy BWB Group.  His arrival at Carbon8 Systems, to drive the company’s financial evolution, coincides with the company’s first commercial project going live at the Vicat Group’s cement plant at Montalieu in France, and follows the recent announcement of the company’s first pilot project in the energy from waste sector – at AVR Energy’s Duiven plant in The Netherlands.

Mr Collins had joined BWB as finance director in 2008, shortly after a management buy-out, becoming group finance director in 2015; he will continue on at BWB as a non-executive director.

John Pilkington, executive chair of Carbon8 Systems said: “Paul’s experience at BWB, having led several M&A transactions and financial improvement projects, will be hugely valuable to the Carbon8 Systems team as we embark on the next phase of our growth.”

Greyparrot appoints Alt to head technology team

Waste recognition software business, Greyparrot, has further strengthened its management team with the appointment of former Royal Mail chief technology officer, Jochen Alt to a position with a similar title.

Mr Alt will lead Greyparrot’s technology team in the development of large-scale AI waste analytics to help operators increase recycling rates and support the transition to a more circular economy.

Former Royal Mail technology expert, Jochen Alt has joined Greyparrot

Greyparrot’s AI solution, which is deployed on moving conveyor belts in MRFs, provides real-time analysis on 100% of waste flows and removes the need for time consuming and often inaccurate manual auditing of waste, the company said.

It added that “As an award-winning technical leader, Jochen has a track record of successful implementation of large-scale projects of up to £30m in T-Systems, Royal Mail, Deutsche Bank and DB Systems.”

Mr Alt said: “Joining a company that combines a compelling business case with a technical challenge that requires top talent is amazing. I am also keen to help solve one of the major problems of the planet and will use my experience to deliver a top-notch AI solution and rock-solid software engineering for the waste and recycling industry.”

Vattenfall takes on Curtis as commercial director for heat

Vattenfall has said it is delighted to confirm that Jenny Curtis will be joining its leadership team within the heat business in the new year as director of commercial and development.

Previously Ms Curtis worked at the investor, developer and fund manager Amber Infrastructure, where she was co-head of the sustainable energy business.

Jenny Curtis has joined the heat division of Vattenfall (Picture: Mark Earthy)

And, Vattenfall said she has led several high-profile public procurement processes including the London Energy Efficiency Fund (LEEF), which financed £112m of projects and the National Digital Infrastructure Fund delivered in partnership with HM Treasury.

Ms Curtis has worked with stakeholders across the district heating market in the UK including central and local government, developers and housing associations, and on technologies including decentralised energy, electric vehicle charging, energy efficiency and battery energy storage.

Prior to her role at Amber, she worked as a consultant in regeneration and housing at Navigant Consulting and she started her career in public sector finance at PwC after graduating from Oxford.

Ms Curtis said: “I am fortunate to have worked with Vattenfall over the last few years and have been impressed by the enthusiasm and fresh perspective they’ve brought to the district heating market.”

Dalton moves to DS Smith innovation role

Packaging and paper business DS Smith has appointed Stephanie Dalton as innovation manager for its recycling division. She will be responsible for developing recycling innovation projects across Europe.

Stephanie Dalton has a new role in innovation at the recycling division of DS Smith

Ms Dalton joins the recycling innovation team having recently been focused on overseeing strategic development for DS Smith’s recycling activities within large blue chip retail organisations. DS Smith said that she brings more than 20 years’ industry experience, having worked within the recycling, facilities management and producer responsibility sectors.

Based in the UK, Stephanie will initially focus on technology advancements targeting the reduction of contamination in recycling, further underlining the company’s commitment to quality materials for recycling. The role will also focus on “developing the DS Smith circular business model by forging closed loop partnerships and championing solutions for many of today’s biggest recycling challenges including tackling the rise of packaging entering into consumer recycling streams”.

Ms Dalton said: “I am excited to join the innovations team at DS Smith’s recycling division and drive developments in resource management by working closely with customers to understand their needs. As we continue to see ecommerce grow, with 64% of Europeans shopping more online during Covid-19, the amount of packaging coming into households is increasing. Developing solutions to tackle that as an industry and as a company and responding to changing consumer habits really excites me.”

Rogier Gerritsen,  managing director at DS Smith Recycling: “It is fantastic that Stephanie is transitioning into this important role and I look forward to her bringing some of her extensive experience with her. The European Innovations team in the Recycling division is vital in making sure that we can deliver the front end customer solutions so we can continue to deliver high quality paper for recycling to our own and partner mills.”

McPartland joins WCRS as managing director

Waste Cost Reduction Services (WCRS) has appointed Tony McPartland in the role of managing director and as a member of the board.

He joins the business from UKWSL where he was responsible for the corporate sales function and brings more than 13 years’ experience in the resource and waste management industry. WCRS is part of the Windsor Integrated Services Group.

Tony McPartland who has become managing director of WCRS

At a young age, said WCRS, he has already made an impact in the resource and waste management industry and earlier this year was recognised as a status holder at the annual letsrecycle, ’35-under-35 awards scheme’, which recognises rising stars across the sector.

Mr McPartland commented: “I am delighted to join the WCRS team, there is a huge amount of knowledge in the business and work being done every day with our clients to develop more sustainable waste management practices.   I will be focused on raising the profile of this work and developing our offering so we can deliver dynamic and forward-thinking waste management strategies, in line with the Government’s Resource and Waste Management plans.  There are some new and exciting changes ahead for the business, so watch this space.”

Tony Windsor, owner and founder of the Windsor Integrated Services Group, said: “As well as Tony’s experience in the industry, working both in direct supply and more recently on the waste brokerage side of the business, his drive, target-focus and infectious positivity makes him an ideal fit for the role and I look forward to working with him more closely”.

Dunne in at CTS Hire as sales manager

Gloucestershire-based municipal vehicle hire company CTS Hire has appointed Steven Dunne as sales manager, to “enhance the company’s growth and development across the UK”.

The company said that Mr Dunne has extensive experience in commercial vehicle contract hire, leasing and sales, including 12 years at Fraikin working in both IT and sales departments.

Steven Dunne has become sales manager for CTS Hire

Mr Dunne said: “I am looking forward to making a difference and spreading the word about CTS Hire. It’s a great company that provides high quality, well maintained vehicles, a responsive customer service, and is committed to regular investment in the latest vehicles and technology.  I enjoy meeting people and building solid relationships so my first priority will be to get to know all of our existing customers.”

CTS Hire is the short-term municipal vehicle rental division of contract hire and fleet management company Specialist Fleet Services (SFS).

Bob Sweetland, SFS managing director, said: “We are delighted to welcome Steven on board.  He has a wealth of skills, experience and knowledge that are perfect for the requirements of the role, to support the continued success and expansion of CTS Hire.”


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