Piddington named Enfinium director

The former chief executive of Viridor, Phil Piddington, has been appointed as non-executive director of Enfinium, formerly known as Wheelabrator.

Enfinium, which owns a string of energy from waste (EfW) plants in the UK, announced the appointment yesterday (17 January).

Ferrybridge Multifuel 1 and 2, part of the Enfinium portfolio

Mr Piddington was chief executive at Viridor until November 2020, when he was replaced by Kevin Bradshaw after the company was acquired by KKR (see story).

He took on a non-executive role at Viridor, and was involved in completing “key projects” recently before his switch.

Sir Peter Gershon, chairman of the board at Enfinium, said: “I am delighted to welcome Phil to the board as a non-executive director. He brings both deep knowledge of the UK waste sector and extensive experience of building and operating a portfolio of waste-to-energy facilities at Viridor.

“These strengths are complemented by a wide range of expertise gained in his earlier career in the broader energy sector and will strengthen the experience, skills and capabilities of the existing board and leadership team.”


After Wheelabrator U.K. and Multifuel Energy completed their merger in June 2021 to become Enfinum, the new company now says it is the largest EfW company in the UK.

Mr Piddington will take on the role immediately

The merger first arose after the asset management group First Sentier Investors (FSI) acquired Wheelabrator’s UK arm in December 2020 (see story).

The company has seven facilities in its portfolio. One, which was rejected by the secretary of state, is located in Kent, while it also owns Ferrybridge 1 and 2 in West Yorkshire, as well as other facilities in Deeside, Leeds (Skelton Grange), North Wales and West Bromwich.

With three of the facilities still to come online, Mr Piddington will help oversee their development and construction.

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