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Mayor nominates LWARB chair

Former environment minister Richard Tracey (Con) is poised to be appointed chair of the London Waste and Recycling Board (LWaRB) after being nominated by Boris Johnson.

City Hall announced it will assess London Assembly Member (AM) Tracey’s suitability on 26 July to replace James Cleverly, who announced in May he was leaving to head up the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority.

The move follows the London mayor writing to chair of the London Assembly Jennette Arnold to nominate Tracy on 13 July.

The AM for Merton and Wandsworth was a MP for 14 years during which time he was an environment minister in the Thatcher Governmen and a member of the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee.

As LWARB chair he would commit to spend at least one day a week working for the board which has £26.3m of funding at its disposal for the next four years.

Tracey, who earns £53,439 as a AM would receive £15,000 per annum for the role which would run from 11 August to 7 may 2016.

A job description drawn up by LWARB said that chairman was required to:

  • Lead the overall strategic direction of LWaRB within the policy and resources framework determined by the Mayor of London’s Municipal Waste Management Strategy and Spatial Development Plan (the London Plan)
  • Promote the LWaRB’s vision, values and culture and to help ensure the implementation of the Board’s Business Plan
  • Provide strategic leadership in decisions on the allocation of the London Waste and Recycling Fund (LWARB)

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