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CIWM appoints new CEO

Dr Colin Church

Dr Colin Church to take over as chief executive officer of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management 

THE Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) has announced that Dr Colin Church, former director of environmental quality at Defra, will be taking over from Steve Lee as chief executive officer.

Dr Church has extensive experience in strategic environmental policy-making and during his role at Defra was responsible for government policy on issues, including resource efficiency, waste, sustainable procurement and industrial pollution prevention. 

He also managed the Government’s support for waste infrastructure development, led Defra on climate change mitigation and was a non-executive director of WRAP, the waste reduction and resource efficiency body.

CIWM president Prof Jim Baird said: ‘CIWM’s role in helping to shape and inform future UK environmental policy has never been so important and Dr Church’s extensive experience will ensure that the Institution is in the strongest possible position to fulfil this role.’

Dr Church commented: ‘I am delighted to be taking on the role of CIWM chief executive and I look forward to building on Steve Lee’s success in positioning the Institution as an informed and influential professional body.’

To ensure a smooth transition, Dr Church will take up his new role in mid-October with a handover period before outgoing CEO Steve Lee leaves the post at the end of October.

Mr Lee said: ‘There was a very strong field of candidates for the role and I would like to warmly congratulate Dr Church. It is very clear that his experience across a wide range of complex environmental and regulatory agendas will benefit CIWM enormously.’

Despite planning to step down as chief executive of CIWM, it has been confirmed that Steve Lee will remain in his post as director general of Resources and Waste UK (R&WUK). The organization is a partnership between CIWM and the Environmental Services Association and was formed in 2014 to provide a single voice in the interests of championing the future of resources management.

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