3 July 2020 by Robyn White

UROC announces new national chairs  

Skip hire and waste sector trade association UROC has announced the appointment of three national chairs for England, Wales and Scotland. 

The announcement comes on what the trade association is dubbing ‘Independents Day’, which celebrates the contribution independent waste and resource operators make, especially in response to the Coronavirus outbreak.

The move comes as the association’s current national chair Barry Dennis, the former ESA chief, is stepping down from his role after five years, and will now be non-executive director.

UROC is a trade association for independent waste and skip hire companies


Paul Needham has been appointed chair for England and grew his own SME business, WasteCycle, in Nottinghamshire before it was acquired by Enva, where he is now the strategic development director.

Mr Needham said: “Taking up the chair for UROC England at a time when our industry is on the cusp of significant transition, presents many opportunities with the ‘Green Recovery’ movement and Brexit looming.

“ I am very much looking forward to working with Jenny Watts, the UROC team and members and contributing to the governments ambitious Resources and Waste Strategy, to seize the opportunities presented in these challenging but exciting times.”


The chair  for Wales, David Williams, is the technical director at Potter Group, which is a third-generation family run business operating multiple sites across Wales.

“I am excited by the opportunity given to represent the views of the independent waste sector in Wales”

David Williams, UROC chair for Wales

Mr Williams said: “I am excited by the opportunity given to represent the views of the independent waste sector in Wales. I am very keen to contribute  in the short term with post Covid green recovery initiatives and in the longer term to the delivery of the whole circular economy. Things will definitely be different and practices will no doubt need to change if we are to achieve the waste management and resource needs of Wales, hence it is most certainly an exciting time to be involved with UROC and the sector it represents.”


Robin Stevenson has been appointed chair for Scotland. Mr Stevenson previously worked for Shanks and then Scottish firm William Tracey before his appointment as the managing director at East Lothian family run business, Hamilton Waste and Recycling.

Mr Stevenson said: “I am delighted to take up the chair for UROC Scotland. Scotland has rightly been regarded as pioneering the development of a more resource-efficient and circular economy.  As an industry, it is vital we maintain this momentum and continue to help create a supportive legislative framework and combat the issues associated with waste crime. SME and independent operators are the bedrock of our recycling infrastructure and I look forward to representing them during my time as chair.”

Praise for independents

UROC founder and CEO Jenny Watts said she is pleased to secure such “prestigious” chairs, who will “be instrumental in bringing about real change”.

UROC founder and CEO Jenny Watts

“We are utterly delighted to secure such prestigious national chairs who all maintain a wealth of knowledge and grass roots understanding of the sector,” Ms Watts said.

She added: “We are confident that all three chairs will be instrumental in bringing about real change for the better across all nations with a joined-up approach for local solutions and helping to shape a positive future for SME’s and independent operators.”

Membership director

UROC is also welcoming Mark Hyde to the team as membership director and lead on special projects.

He brings “considerable membership and member services experience”, working as the commercial director at WAMITAB for the last 8 years and was previously the director of membership & customer services at the Chamber of Commerce.


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