12 June 2019 by Caelia Quinault

Appointments round-up (12/06/2019)

With news on: CIWM names junior vice president; fresh faces at Eunomia; a new manager for OPRL; appointments at Crowmwell Polythene and Vanden Recycling; and directors at Bristol Waste

Anna Willetts appointed CIWM junior vice president

Dr Anna Willetts has been announced as CIWM junior vice president (JVP), following the first ever members council last Friday (7 June).

Dr Willetts is senior associate at Clyde & Co and has been practicing environmental law for 10 years.

Dr Anna Willetts has been announced as CIWM Junior Vice President

Prior to becoming a lawyer, she was an environmental consultant for five years advising on environmental permitting, hydrogeological risk assessments and EIAs, after completing her PhD in landfill engineering. She is also Co-Convenor for the UK Environmental Law Association’s Waste Working Party.

The appointment was made at the CIWM members’ council, which took place on Friday (7 June). Dr Willetts will take up her full role as junior vice president in November at the Presidential election. Until then she will hold the title junior vice president elect.

Commenting on the appointment, she said: “I am delighted to have been chosen as the next junior vice president of CIWM.

“I am passionate about the work of CIWM, having been a member for CIWM for 20 years since my student days and a Fellow for 5 years.

“I hope to be able to continue the good work of past, current and future Presidents for the Institution.”

Eunomia welcomes new starters as consultancy grows

Eunomia has announced that a number of new starters are joining the environmental consultancy over the summer months.

(l-r) George Beechener, Radha Daniel, Amy Nicholass and Caroline Bradley

Among the new recruits are Radha Daniel and Amy Nicholass, who join as senior consultants. Ms Daniel previously worked for facilities support company ISS, where she was global waste manager for its Barclays contract, and has also worked for the National Industrial Symbiosis Programme. Ms Nicholass was previously project manager for the sustainable finance team at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainable Leadership and also managed the Go Green business engagement programme for Bristol’s year as European Green Capital.

The consultancy has also appointed two senior project managers to its policy team. Daniella Radice was the former assistant mayor of Bristol city council and has played a central role in growing, co-ordinating and running the Bristol Green Party. Caroline Bradley previously worked for Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. Prior to that, she worked for Ofgem and as a recycling officer for South Cambridgeshire district council.

George Beechener also joins Eunomia as a consultant specialising in climate change, having previously worked for carbon offset company ClimateCare.

In addition, Eunomia said it would be welcoming ten new junior and trainee staff across its Bristol and London offices.

Packaging expert joins OPRL

OPRL Ltd—which operates the On-Pack Recycling Label scheme used by hundreds of brands across the UK—has appointed Richard Parker as interim programmes manager.

With membership continuing to grow apace and reaching 350 last month, Mr Parker will lead work on OPRL’s We Recycle app and on updating its Recycling Labelling Rules and packaging recyclability evaluation tool, PREP UK.

OPRL manages the On-Pack Recycling Label scheme

Formerly head of the sustainable packaging programme at Iceland Foods Ltd, Mr Parker has also worked in a variety of packaging-related roles over 30 years at Unilever including global customer packaging director.

Jane Bevis, chair of OPL, said: “I’m delighted that Richard, with his extensive experience leading packaging teams in both brands and retailers, is joining us to lead these and other programmes, ensuring we have the capacity to take this important work forward at pace.

“Colleagues throughout the sector will know and respect his wealth of knowledge and experience which will ensure our evidence-based approach continues to underpin good practice.”

Mr Parker commented: “Having been involved in packaging from almost every angle so far in my career and, most recently, inputting to the consultations on Waste and Resources Strategy development, this is a great time to be further involved in influencing the future of our approach to packaging overall”.

Vanden Recycling makes strategic appointment

Plastics recycling firm Vanden Recycling has appointed Jason Loughlin as business development manager to help source a regular supply of plastic scrap from the food manufacturing sector.

Jason Loughlin, Vanden Recycling (Picture: Terry Harris)

Jason joins Vanden with more than 12 years’ experience in the commercial waste management sector, dealing primarily with post-consumer waste.

David Wilson, managing director of Vanden UK, said: “Jason brings over a decade of experience in dealing with the complex requirements of an industrial and commercial client base. He’s previously worked for some of the best companies in the business and we’re delighted he’s chosen Vanden as the next step in his career.”

Mr Loughlin said: “I’m looking forward to working closely with food manufacturers to increase their recycling rates, ensuring minimal amounts of material goes to waste, and securing a regular source of plastic scrap for Vanden’s UK processing site.”

Bristol appoints two waste company directors

Bristol city council has announced two new board members to join the governing body of the authority’s waste company, Bristol Waste.

Bob Barltrop and Richard Brislen both join Bristol Waste as independent, non-executive directors, following a robust recruitment process.

Bristol city council is the sole shareholder of Bristol Waste. The board of directors acts on behalf of the council to run the day-to-day affairs of the business to ensure its success.

Tom Spaul, chair of the board of directors of Bristol Waste, said: “I welcome our new members and look forward to working with them to continue on our journey of supporting the city to recycle more, throw away less and waste nothing. We are proud of what we have achieved so far as a company and the positive impact we are delivering for the people of Bristol. Along with our new board members we will continue to grow, deliver and strive towards making Bristol a better city for everyone.” 

Cromwell Polythene promotes Alex Lee

Cromwell Polythene has appointed Alex Lee as its new business development manager for the Western region of the UK.

Alex Lee (right) has replaced Richard Rowling (left)

The Leeds-based waste and recycling sack supplier promoted Mr Lee from his previous role as sales executive at the company. He is the middle son of managing director, James, and company secretary, Debbie. His two brothers Angus and Henry are also part of the 37-strong Cromwell Polythene team as office manager and business development manager respectively.

Mr Lee takes over the position from Richard Rowling who has worked for Cromwell for over ten years and is now retiring.

Mr Lee said: “Richard is a well-recognised figure in the polythene industry and leaves some big shoes to fill. The sharing of his in-depth knowledge and practical experience of the whole supply chain from manufacturing to distribution has been invaluable in my induction to the role.

“I look forward to continuing his good work and to taking on the challenge of building on his success.”


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