Lee to remain as coordinating voice for resources industry as R&WUK DG

Lee to remain as coordinating voice for resources industry as R&WUK DGSteve Lee, who will step down as Chief Executive at the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) at the end of October, will continue to head Resources & Waste UK (R&WUK), the joint policy and influencing body created in 2014.

Lee announced in January that he would be leaving the organisation, which supports over 7,000 members from the UK’s resource and waste management sector, by the end of the year. At the beginning of the month is was confirmed that Dr Colin Church, a former director at the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra), would be taking up the position in mid-October, before Lee leaves at the end of the month.

However, it was today (15 August) announced that Lee would be staying on as Director General of R&WUK, a partnership between CIWM and the Environmental Services Association (ESA).

R&WUK was created by the two bodies, representing the industry’s professionals and companies, in 2014 to form a single voice championing the future of resource management in the UK.

In a statement, the organisation said: ‘Both [CIWM and ESA] recognise that the political, economic and technical environment in which this industry operates, together with new pressures and responsibilities arising from the decision for the UK to leave the EU, make the need for a co-ordinated voice for the industry more important than ever.’

Lee will therefore continue to lead the jointly-owned company, working closely with senior managers, board members and trustees of both organisations to champion the needs and priorities of the sector and ‘ensure its continued success’.

Industry facing greater challenges than ever

Professor Jim Baird, President of CIWM and R&WUK Board member, said: “Our industry faces challenges and opportunities – and responsibilities – that are greater than ever. Continued collaborative working between our two organisations is essential and we are delighted to confirm that Steve will continue to lead and support us in that work.”

Since its creation, R&WUK has commissioned and published reports including policy priorities for the incoming government in May 2015 and recommendations for secondary materials markets stabilisation. Its priorities for the immediate future include the identification of priorities for close working with UK governments, particularly on the development of circular economy policy at an EU and UK level and the necessary policy and legislative changes to accommodate the decision for the UK to leave the EU.

Peter Gerstrom, Chairman of ESA and R&WUK Board Member, said: “I am pleased that Steve has agreed to continue in his role at the head of R&WUK. It is essential that we develop the work that has already been achieved by ESA and CIWM through this body, and sustain the momentum gathered in championing the resource and waste management industry to government. With Steve remaining in the role, we can continue that work without interruption.”

More information about Resources & Waste UK can be found on the organisation’s website.

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