Appointments round-up (24/05/21)

With news on: Karen Drinkwater elected BPF president; Mick George appoints commercial waste service manager; Alfred H Knight adds to business development team; Cawleys appoints corporate development manager; and, Wastewise appoints managing director.

Mick George appoints commercial waste service manager

The Mick George Group has appointed Richard Manual as commercial waste service manager. 

The company, which supplies services to the waste and construction sectors, says Mr Manuel has 30 years’ experience in the waste industry, having previously worked as a dustman, a dustcart operator, a sales representative and a senior account manager.

Mick George announced Richard Manuel’s appointment as commercial waste service manager today (24 May)

Prior to joining Mick George, Mr Manuel was business development manager at Cheshire-based waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) recycler Envirocraft Waste Solutions.

In a statement announcing his appointment released today (24 May), Mick George said: “Within his illustrious career, Richard has witnessed memorable moments, perhaps none more so than when he was chased away from a waste collection by Rod Hull and Emu, something the great Michael Parkinson can testify is a truly terrifying experience having famously undergone a similar attack live on TV in 1976.”

Mr Manuel’s main duties will include raising awareness of the Mick George commodities division and helping clients achieve the best value for their loose or baled cardboard and plastic waste.

Alfred H Knight adds to business development team

Alfred H Knight (AHK) has added two to its business development team due to “increased demand for sampling and analysis of waste streams”.

Sam Jeynes is the most recent addition, the Prescot-based metals, minerals and solid fuels industry specialist said on 20 May. With 10 years’ experience in the sector with roles at organisations such as the CIWM, Mr Jeynes will focus on assisting clients across the south of England and Wales in ‘future-proofing’ their energy from waste (EfW) plants.

Amy Fielding (l) joined AHK in February while Sam Jeynes (r) joined more recently

He said: “I am very happy to be part of the energy services team and look forward to assisting clients old and new with their solid fuel requirements in the south.”

Midlands-based Amy Fielding joined AHK’s team in February to help businesses build “a reliable profile” of their biomass fuel and waste streams. AHK says her understanding of waste wood classification and Ofgem’s renewable heat incentive scheme enables her to support businesses in meeting their ongoing obligations.

She said: “It is great to be part of the AHK team and working with a forward-thinking company wanting to expand its offered services. We have some unique and interesting projects in the pipeline as part of a continued commitment to always improve our customer experience.”

Cawleys appoints corporate development manager

Celina Spendley has joined Cawleys as a corporate development manager, the Luton-based waste management company said this month.

Ms Spendley has more than 30 years’ experience in sales and 10 years’ experience in the waste sector.

Cawleys says Celina Spendley was at the “forefront” of multiple Green Apple Award wins in her previous roles

Cawleys says she has been at the forefront of several significant award wins throughout her career, including multiple Green Apple Awards.

She said: “I am thrilled to join Cawleys. Working within such a forward-thinking family-run business provides an opportunity to make a real difference.

“The last couple of weeks have been very exciting and I am pleased to get back into the swing of this new business role, doing what I love. The whole team are very welcoming and very professional.”

Ms Spendley joins Cawleys’ corporate sales team, headed up by Dan Tebay. On her appointment, Mr Tebay said: “We are delighted to have Celina on board at a time when businesses are re-opening and looking to build back better.”

Wastewise appoints managing director

Hull-based waste management company Wastewise announced earlier this month that it had appointed Ian Morrish as its managing director.

Mr Morrish takes over from James Landau, who becomes the company’s executive chairman.

(l-r) Ian Morrish, Wastewise MD with chairman James Landau

Mr Morrish will be based at the company’s head office in Willerby, Hull, and be responsible for the strategy, planning and management of the business.

He said: “This is a very exciting time for Wastewise. My goal is to build on the firm’s excellent reputation and to support and develop the many facets of the company, expanding our customer base, working on new opportunities and strengthening our standing within the industry.”

With more than 30 years’ experience in the industry, Mr Morrish has held senior positions at several companies including Viridor and TW Composting. Wastewise says he has an in-depth knowledge of food and green waste composting, anaerobic digestion, EfW, and landfill operations.

Welcoming Mr Morrish, James Landau said: “Ian will play an instrumental role in the next phase of our growth strategy and brings a vast amount of experience to help develop and strengthen our position in the sector.”

Karen Drinkwater elected BPF president

Karen Drinkwater, a founding director of JSC Rotational Limited, was elected the British Plastics Federation’s (BPF) president at the trade association’s AGM on 19 May.

She succeeds Martin Althorpe, technical director at Epwin Fenestration Division, who held the role from 2019.

The AGM at which Karen Drinkwater was elected on 19 May was the BPF’s second ever not to take place in person (picture: BPF)

Mrs Drinkwater said: “It is an honour to be elected as president of the BPF. I hope my broad experience as a director of an SME can help keep the industry suitably focused during a time of unprecedented challenges.

“The plastics industry needs to keep highlighting how essential it is to society, how it is vital to so many industries, and how it plays a positive role in reducing carbon emissions as the UK strives to meet government-set emissions targets by 2035.”

Mrs Drinkwater established Worcester-based plastic manufacturer JSC Rotational with her husband in 2004 and the company joined the BPF in 2006.

Mrs Drinkwater becomes the first female president of the BPF.


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