CIWM appoints new President and Board of Trustees

The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) has appointed a new Trustee Board comprising a new presidential team and seven trustees.

Trevor Nicoll, who will be taking over from Enda Kiernan as CIWM President, will make his presidential inauguration speech in Cambridge on Tuesday (12 November).

CIWM President Trevor Nicoll
CIWM President Trevor Nicoll

Nicoll has a wealth of experience in municipal waste management – he is currently Assistant Director for Waste and Special Projects at Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire District Councils, and previously worked as Head of Recycling, Waste and Fleet Services at Newcastle under Lyme Borough Council.

Alongside Nicoll, the presidential team will also include Senior Vice-President Adam Read, Junior Vice-President Anna Willetts, Immediate Past President Enda Kiernan and CIWM Honorary Treasurer John Kutner.

Adam Read, who currently works as Director of External Affairs at SUEZ, has been involved with CIWM for the past 20 years

Anna Willetts, CIWM’s new Junior Vice-President, is a senior associate at Clyde and Co, having practiced environmental law for 10 years. She previously worked for five years as an environmental consultant after completing her PhD in landfill engineering.

The new trustees have been appointed using a skills-based selection process to provide a balance of expertise. Seeking to ‘streamline’ decision-making, CIWM has also chosen to reduce its number of trustees from 27 to seven.

Commenting on the new appointments, CIWM Chief Executive Sarah Poulter said: “We are delighted to announce the new Board and each of the new trustees brings with them a wealth of experience, an in-depth understanding of the resources and waste sector, and the right range of skills to ensure that CIWM is fit for the future.”

“I would also like to thank the outgoing trustees who have worked incredibly hard to deliver CIWM’s programme of change and modernisation over the last two years.”

CIWM has undergone major restructuring over the past two years due to financial struggles –  a letter sent to members from former President David Wilson in September 2018 stated that the body ran an operating deficit of £223,000 in 2017

Seeking to regain financial stability, CIWM launched a restructuring programme in January 2018, which included four main elements: constitutional change, work on membership, internal structuring and a revised business plan. Poulter’s predecessor Dr Colin Church stepped down from his role as CEO in October 2018, when Poulter took over as interim CEO, before being handed the job permanently in May 2019.

CIWM presented its medium-term business plan in October 2018 in a bid to return the company to a financial surplus. The proposed plan includes a renewed focus on CIWM’s core objective of providing value-added membership services, as well as a rationalisation of the business to become a single delivery platform. The business plan also calls for increased partnership with other relevant organisations and associations to maximise member benefits.

CIWM was trading profitably through 2018 and is expected to break even by the end of 2019.

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