Matthew Farrow moves to EIC

Matthew FarrowFormer Director of Policy at the Environmental Services Association (ESA), Matthew Farrow, has been appointed as the new Executive Director of the environmental technologies and services sector trade association, the Environmental Industries Commission (EIC).

Farrow had previously held responsibility for the development of ESA’s policy positions, and for relating these to government ministers, senior civil servants, members of Parliament and the media. Prior to this, he worked at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) for almost 20 years, and held positions as both Head of Energy and Environment, and Head of Transport and Planning. 

According to EIC, Farrow will being work as Executive Director at the end of this month (30 September), and will ‘provide greater strategic direction, bolster lobbying efforts, and drive the industry’s representation with government, regulators and the wider policy making community’.

Commenting on the appointment, Chairman of the EIC and Chief Executive of the Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE), Dr Nelson Ogunshakin OBE, said: “We are delighted to have Matthew join the team. He brings with him a wealth of experience from which to provide renewed strategic direction and drive to EIC’s operations.

“Since acquiring the company in November last year, EIC’s parent company, the Association for Consultancy and Engineering, has invested in EIC to ensure it has the tools and resources it needs to continue as the leading voice representing the UK’s environmental technologies and services sector – Matthew is a key component of this investment.”

Farrow added: “The environmental technologies and services sector, which is worth £1 billion to the UK’s economy and employs over one million people, provides huge opportunities for further job creation and economic growth – both domestically and abroad through huge export opportunities.

“I’m excited to be part of an expanding EIC team, and to working closely with our members to ensure we are offering a service that meets their needs, exceeds their expectations, and grows this vitally important sector of the economy.”

ESA has said that is currently in a ‘recruitment process’ to fill the position of Director of Policy. Barry Dennis, ESA Director General, said: "Matthew has been a key part of the ESA team over the last three years and has strengthened our policy and lobbying work in that time. We wish him every success in his new role."

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