The Environmental Services Association has confirmed that Dirk Hazell has stepped down as chief executive after more than a decade with the waste and recycling sector trade body.
MRW understands that he left the organisation on March 30 and is pursuing his political ambitions as Liberal Democrat prospective parliamentary candidate for the Chelsea and Fulham constituency.
He joined the trade association in 1999 and was involved in helping ESA members to achieve its vision of promoting the development of an economically and environmentally sustainable waste and secondary resource management industry for the UK and European Union.
The news that Hazell has stepped down comes as ESA deputy chief executive Barry Dennis has been named director-general of the organisation. Dennis has worked in the waste management industry since 1964 and will become president of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management later this year. He has been involved in all aspects of the industry from operation of landfills and incinerators to a large vehicle fleet involved in waste collection for both the public and private sectors.
Barry is also a director and trustee of Wamitab and is also treasurer. He worked very closely with the Government in the late 1960s helping write legislation controlling the skip hire industry, which is now part of the Highways Act.