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BMRA appoints new chief executive

The British Metals Recycling Association has announced the appointment of Robert Fell as its chief executive, a newly created role.

Fell will replace Ian Hetherington, who is retiring from his full-time role as director general after seven years.

Hetherington will step down from day-to-day involvement with BMRA at the end of the year but will continue to represent the association on the board of the European Recycling Industries’ Confederation (EuRIC).

Fell will join the association from his post as research and development manager at global glass and metal packaging firm Ardagh Group. He is also currently serving as a director for the British Aerosols Manufacturers Association and as the acting chairman of the Metal Packaging Manufacturing Association.

He has over 30 years’ experience in the metals industry and is a fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.

BMRA board president Shane Mellor said: “We are delighted that Robert has agreed to take on the task of developing, shaping and delivering key messages that will highlight the metals recycling industry’s role in safeguarding the environment for future generations.

“As an industry, we have a great story to tell and I am pleased that he is eager to help us share that story more widely.”

The board also commended Hetherington for his work as director general.

“Thanks to his dedication, members have been able to navigate one of the most challenging periods of the metal recycling industry’s history.”

BMRA has also promoted current head of environment, Howard Bluck, as technical director, which the association says will “complement Fell’s skills”.

The BMRA has over 300 members including large and small businesses in the ferrous and non-ferrous sectors such as shredder operators, merchants and traders.

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