16 October 2020 by Joshua Doherty

Andy Hill to step down as WRA chair

Wood Recyclers’ Association (WRA) Chair Andy Hill will be standing down from his role at the trade body’s annual general meeting next March.  

Mr Hill has been chair for eight years, and will be replaced by the current deputy Chair Richard Coulson.

Mr Hill will continue at the WRA as deputy chair, “to support Richard and maintain continuity for the board and the wider association”. 

Andy Hill, formerly market development director for SUEZ, will continue in the role until 2021

Mr Hill said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the WRA and am incredibly proud of all it has achieved over the past eight years. We have totally transformed from the small, trade association we were to one which can really pull its weight on behalf of its members. 

Of course I am proud that has happened under my chairmanship, but it is very much a team undertaking and without the collective efforts of the whole board and others we would not be where we are today.” 

Projects 

According to a statement from the WRA, it has dealt with “some major challenges on behalf of its members” in the last five years. 

 These have included campaigning to make changes to proposed Fire Prevention Plan (FPP) guidance, and more lately leading the Waste Wood Classification Project 

On the FPP project, Mr Hill said: “FPP was a test of our strength and resilience, as well as our combined expertise, and together we managed to work with our members and the regulators to reach a conclusion which everyone was satisfied with.

“The blood, sweat and tears that was put into that project by the WRA’s board and surrounding support team was all worth the effort because as well as resolving the issue of FPPs, it did a huge amount to raise the profile of the WRA with all the right audiences, as well as create many positive and beneficial relationships with our key stakeholders.” 

Classification

The WRA was also tasked by the Environment Agency to lead on the  Classification Project, which aims to ensure that waste wood in the UK is properly classified at its origin and is processed into appropriate end markets, as well as clarify which waste wood items are hazardous and which aren’t. 

Results are expected back next year.  

The WRA has seven board members who are elected by WRA members to serve a for a three year term. They can then stand for re-election at the end of that term. Elections are held every March at the trade association’s AGM. The board members are: Andy Hill (Chair), Richard Coulson (Deputy Chair), Geoff Hadfield, Jamie Plevin, Alan Webb, Mark Hayton and Paul Caldwell. In addition, The WRA’s Executive Director Julia Turner is also on the board.

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