12 July 2019 by Lucy Pegg

People news round-up (12/07/2019)

With news on: Phil Morton named global WEEE ambassador; HSE appoints chief executive; Vanden brings in business development manager, and; global changes at Doosan.

Philip Morton becomes global WEEE ambassador

The WEEE forum has made its former president, Philip Morton, its global ambassador, as it looks to share its knowledge across the globe.

Dr Philip Morton

Former Repic chief executive Dr Morton has been tasked with encouraging start-up e-waste take back organisations across the globe to join the WEEE Forum.

To encourage them to join, start-ups in countries with a GDP per person below the world’s average will pay a reduced fee for WEEE forum membership.

Numerous countries have adopted extended producer responsibility (EPR) legislation, encouraging producers to set up compliance schemes to manage e-waste. Currently only a fifth of WEEE is collected and properly treated.

Dr Morton was president and chairman of the WEEE Forum board from 2014 until 2016. Before this he was chief executive of REPIC Limited from 2004 until 2016 and member of the Supervisory Board of WEEE Europe GmbH from 2013 to 2016.


HSE announces new chief executive

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced that it will appoint Sarah Albon as its new chief executive.

Sarah Albon has been appointed as chief executive of HSE

Ms Albon will join the organisation on September 1 and is currently the inspector general and chief executive of the Insolvency Service.

She said: “Working together with my new colleagues across HSE, I’m looking forward to getting to grips with the vital mission we deliver on behalf of Great Britain’s workplaces.

“My focus will be on continuing to deliver improvements in health and safety performance as our workplaces move into a future with new challenges, new technologies and new opportunities.”

Current acting chief executive David Snowball will be retiring from HSE at the end of 2019. He has held the post since June 2018.


Vanden Recycling appoints business development manager

Vanden Recycling has appointed Paul Scott as business development manager to help target the thermoforming and vacuum forming sectors.

Mr Scott has more than 35 years’ experience in the plastics and packaging sectors. He was part of the team at Marks & Spencer that established the feasibility of using recycled plastic in food packaging.

Paul Scott has joined Vanden
(Picture: Terry Harris)

“I am a huge exponent of recovering and recycling plastic waste and I have always been,” said Mr Scott.

“Plastics are wrongly getting a lot of bad press because the world in general doesn’t know how to handle them for future uses.”

David Wilson, managing director of Vanden UK, said Mr Scott’s prior experience would help Vanden move forward.

He added: “He’s got depth of knowledge, experience and a great track record in exactly the sectors we want to penetrate.

“While he’s been used to selling raw material into the thermoforming and vacuum forming sectors, that’s exactly what we are looking for because he has great insight into the scrap they produce and the needs of those sectors.”


Doosan Bobcat make raft of global changes

Compact equipment providers Doosan Bobcat have made a raft of changes to the global structure of their company, as it works to scale-up its business around the world.

Gustavo Otero has been appointed president of Doosan Bobcat Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), having previously served as vice president of compact & telehandlers, Doosan Bobcat EMEA.

Mr Otero said: “I look forward to working with our global function teams, leaders and dealer network to further position us for long term growth and bring enhanced collaboration and innovations.”

Mike Ballweber has been made president of the business’ American division. Alvaro Pacini becomes senior vice president of global procurement and Tony Kraft takes on the role of senior vice president for global engineering. Youngmin Kwon has been named senior vice president, of global strategy  and operational excellence/total quality management.

All the new appointees will report to Doosan Bobcat CEO, Scott Park, who said the organization was taking “steps to become even more collaborative by sharing the best ideas and innovations around the world”.

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