Stewart Davies, the chief executive of hazardous waste treatment company Augean Plc has been elected as the chairman of the waste sector trade body the Environmental Services Association (ESA).
Dr Davies, who was elected by ESA’s board, will take over the role from Peter Gerstrom of Cory Environmental at ESA’s AGM on 25 November.
A former governing board member of Innovate UK – Dr Davies was appointed to Augean’s board and named chief executive of the company in August 2013. Prior to the appointment he had served as managing director of Romec Ltd – which provides facilities management services for Royal Mail.
Dr Davies holds a PhD in Materials Science from the University of Cambridge, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics.
Commenting on his election, Dr Davies said: “I am delighted to be taking over the Chairmanship of the ESA at such an important time for our industry. As an £11bn industry investing in cleaner ways to turn Britain’s waste into resources, we can be a major part of the UK’s emerging industrial strategy.
“The ESA has a vital role to play in helping the Government join up its thinking on waste and resources, so that our member companies have a clear post-Brexit framework in which to bring forward a private sector‐led package of investment in new waste infrastructure worth £10 billion.”
He added: “I should also like to pay tribute to my predecessor, Peter Gerstrom of Cory Environmental, who was a tireless advocate for our industry during his time as Chairman and helped to drive ESA’s agenda forward.”
Mr Gerstrom has served as ESA chairman since succeeding David Palmer-Jones of Suez in 2014 (see letsrecycle.com story).
Source: letsrecycle.com Waste Managment