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Steve Lee to step down from CIWM helm

The chief executive of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM), Steve Lee, is leaving the organisation at the end of the year after more than a dozen years in the post.

During that time, Lee has been one of the most prominent personalities both within the waste sector and outside it and has helped forge closer links with other trade bodies, including the Environmental Services Association.

Before joining CIWM as CEO in September 2003, Lee spent 15 years in local government waste management in the West Midlands and Leicestershire, covering everything from landfill acquisition and operation to waste regulation. That was followed by seven years in the Environment Agency as head of its waste function.

In a statement, Lee said: “Over the past 18 months, we have invested heavily in a new customer relationship management system and online presence to improve CIWM’s offering to its members and the wider sector. We have also deployed significant resources to ensure that our skills and training support matches the industry’s changing needs and, most recently, co-funded the second phase of the Environment Agency’s major national Duty of Care awareness campaign.

“I look forward to seeing these projects through over the coming months and I am confident that my successor will build on this legacy, ensuring that CIWM continues to support, shape and influence the future of this sector.”

Malcolm Thorpe, chair of the CIWM Executive Committee, said: “Steve’s energy and vision has successfully steered the Institution through an exciting period of change, during which resources and green growth issues have moved up the agenda and our industry has continued to drive sustainable waste management and the recycling of quality secondary materials back into the economy.”

The recruitment process for a new chief executive will begin in the Spring and the successful candidate is expected to be in post by the end of this year.

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