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Church announces his Defra replacement

Defra environmental quality director Colin Church has announced his replacement on Twitter as he enters his last week in the role.

Shaun Gallagher, who most recently worked in the justice sector, was welcomed into his new role by waste industry figures.

Church, who has used his Twitter account to aid Defra’s communications since June 2013, tweeted: “Into my last week at work as director for environmental quality. Delighted to confirm my successor Shaun Gallagher will start end of March.

“Shaun is very experienced director with background in various policy areas, most recently justice. Am sure the sector will be nice to him.”

Paul Vanston, recently appointed as recycling head to South Cambridgeshire District and Cambridge City councils, welcomed Gallagher to the resource sector, saying “I’m sure he’ll receive support and quality engagement.”

He also took the opportunity to pay tribute to Church, thanking him for his service over many years and saying he “appreciated [his] talent”.

Gallagher’s appointment is likely to be the last move as part of Defra’s complete reshuffle, as previously reported by MRW.

He will oversee one of Defra’s six departments under its restructured arrangement, with waste and recycling deputy director Chris Preston working in his environmental quality section.

Preston will have a similar brief to outgoing head of waste policy and regulation Richard Pullen, who moves to cover wildlife including biodiversity.

MRW understands that Church, who announced his departure in January, will be leaving the civil service altogether after working across Defra and the Department for Energy and Climate Change since 1994.

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