Cré elects new chairman in Tony Breton

The Board of Directors for the Composting and Anaerobic Digestion Association of Ireland (Cré) has appointed Tony Breton as its new chairman to replace Martin Eves.

Breton joined the Board in 2017, though has been ‘actively involved’ in the organics recycling sector since 2000, after joining the UK Composting Association and progressing to the role of Communications Manager in 2002. He left the Association in 2005, focusing on driving ‘systemic change’ within the industry through his work with Novamont delivering ‘high performing organic waste systems’. Other accomplishments include being a Director of the Bio-based and Biodegradable Industries Association, as well as a member of the Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology’s Organics Steering Group.

Tony BretonEves has been Chairman since 2009 and will remain on the Board after stepping down from his position.

Tony Breton commented: “I am deeply honoured to have been appointed as the Chairman of the Board of Cré. Cré is a unique organisation which has consistently delivered well beyond its means and Martin has left me big boots to fill. I look forward to working closely with all our members and stakeholder partners to further our industry and the wider bioeconomy in Ireland. I also look forward to working closely with Percy, our dedicated and passionate Chief Executive, as well as our experienced and dedicated Board of Directors.”

Martin Eves stated: “It has been a great honour to have served as Chairman of the Cré Board of Directors. I am incredibly proud of our accomplishments over the past 12 years. We have helped drive the increasingly widespread separate collection of food wastes from households and businesses across Ireland. As a Board and as an Association, we have overcome many challenges in our goal to deliver a policy environment where our members can flourish. I would like to personally thank our CEO Percy Foster for all his support and call on all our members to continue to engage and support the Association as it moves into a new era. I am confident in our future and in Tony’s leadership as we continue to grow and deliver our mission for our members.”

Chief Executive of Cré, Percy Foster, said: “I’m beyond grateful to Martin for his vision, dedication, passion and friendship over the past 12 years which have helped push Cré to being the leading and most respected voice for our sector in Ireland. Equally, I am excited for the future under Tony’s leadership. Tony brings a wealth of experience in both the organics industry and in association management which I am sure will be critical as Cré continues to support our members as they strive to deliver healthy soils and peat replacements for Ireland.”