The new director general for the British Metals Recycling Association will be former Skills for Logistics chief executive Ian Hetherington. He will take over from current director general Lindsay Millington in April.
Prior to this, Millington and Hetherington will work together during a handover phase before Hetherington officially takes on the role.
Hetherington has more than 15 years experience of working with businesses and representing their needs to UK and European Union Governments. At Skills for Logistics, he was responsible for the sector skills council for businesses involved in planning, moving, and handling goods - an industry worth £74 billion to the economy, which employs more than 2 million people.
Hetherington said: Im looking forward to working with Lindsay and the BMRA membership. Metal recycling is worth £5 billion to the UK economy and is far and away our biggest and most successful recycling industry. It can do even more, given the right support from Government.
From April, I will be focusing on ensuring that UK and European policymakers fully understand the massive contribution BMRA members make to recycling and CO2 reduction targets. I will be pressing Government and regulators to be more active in tackling issues such as over-regulation, end-of-waste and illegal operators, and will encourage them to join with us in developing a coordinated industry-Government strategy to meet future targets.
BMRA president Michael Wright said: We are very pleased to welcome Ian to the BMRA team. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that will help us to drive forward Agenda for Change, our programme of lobbying on regulatory issues, and is just the right person to build on the sterling work that has been done by Lindsay Millington over the last four years.