New Managing Directors for two waste partnerships

Two large local authority waste partnerships, the North London Waste Authority (NLWA) and Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP), between them responsible for over a million tonnes of waste a year have announced the appointments of new Managing Directors.

Capstick in at North London Waste Authority

Martin Capstick has been appointed as the Managing Director of the NLWA following an extensive recruitment campaign.

New Managing Directors for two waste partnerships
The NLWA is made up of seven North London boroughs (Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest). It is responsible for helping its member councils dispose of the 850,000 tonnes of waste they collect every year. Almost 1.9 million residents live in the NLWA’s area.

Capstick has worked at the Department for Transport since 2005, taking a number of Director roles, including Director for High Speed Rail. He is currently Regional Transport Strategies Director, leading work on the Northern Powerhouse and the Midlands Engine.

Before joining DoT, Capstick spent two years at Defra, where he was Head of the European Wildlife Division.

Capstick is expected to start in the post at the NLWA in December. His predecessor, David Beadle, retired at the end of December 2016.

Commenting on the appointment, Cllr Clyde Loakes, Chair of NLWA, said: “We are delighted to have found an exceptional candidate in Martin. He has extensive experience of working in a politically led environment and has overseen large and complex infrastructure programmes. He will be our second MD and I am confident he has the skills we need to take forward the next steps in our strategy.” 

Capstick added: “I am delighted to take on this role. With a background leading a range of public sector projects and policy issues, it’s very motivating to be the Managing Director of the Authority, making a real difference to the quality of life of north Londoners and to the sustainable use of resources. 

“I look forward to working with the Members and team at NLWA particularly to deliver the North London Heat and Power Project, to make further progress with residents on waste prevention and recycling, and to offer a great service to the public.”

Somerset Waste Partnership goes Green

Across the country in Somerset, Mickey Green will take up the position of Managing Director of the SWP in early October.

Green, currently Strategic Manager for Commissioning Development at Somerset County Council (SCC), will replace Steve Read, who left the partnership after almost ten years in May to become Director of Energy, Waste and Environment at West Sussex County Council.

In various roles at SCC, Green has led the creation of Devon and Somerset’s Joint Trading Standards Service and has contributed to SWP’s strategic management group, playing an active role in recent developments including the new energy-from-waste arrangements for Somerset’s residual waste.

The SWP, comprising Mendip, Sedgemoor, South Somerset, West Somerset and Taunton Deane councils, as well as SCC itself, has been in operation since 2007 and today deals with more than 260,000 tonnes of recycling and residual waste, managing kerbside collections and recycling sites for Somerset’s 550,000 residents in 250,000 households.

The partnership currently has plans to roll out three-weekly collections across the county as part of its ‘Recycle More’ programme.

Commenting on his new role, Green said: “This is a tremendous opportunity to build on SWP’s huge success so far. While our recycling rate of 52 per cent is ahead of much of the UK, we are ambitious to go much further in enabling Somerset residents to reuse and recycle more and waste less.

“We have the opportunity to create a new generation of services that are practical, sustainable and great value for money.

“As well as developing new kerbside services taking extra materials for recycling and reducing rubbish collection frequency, SWP will soon be generating electricity from the increasingly small amount of waste that cannot be reused or recycled.

“Equally as importantly, we need to work in more innovative ways with partners, communities and the public to address the fact that, on average, half of what people put in their rubbish bin in Somerset could already be recycled at the kerbside.”

The SWP is the executive arm of Somerset Waste Board (SWB), whose 12 member councillors are selected from the six Somerset councils that are the partner authorities.

Paying tribute to Read, SWB Chairman Cllr Derek Yeomans said: “We were sorry to lose Steve but very happy that he secured an exciting new opportunity to make a mark in West Sussex.

“And we are extremely pleased to appoint Mickey Green, who offers an impressive combination of experience, skills and vision that will be essential for the task of transforming Somerset’s waste services in the coming years.”

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