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EfW firm makes senior appointments

Independent energy-from-waste (EfW) firm Coventry and Solihull Waste Disposal Company (CSWDC) has made two appointments to senior positions.

The business, owned by Coventry city, Solihull metropolitan borough and Warwickshire county councils, announced Richard Gray as its non-executive chairman and Karl Starkey as managing director.


Gray (left), who is also treasurer for the Environmental Services Association, has been with CSWDC for eight and a half years and is the current managing director. He will succeed Geoff Honeywell in September.

Starkey is currently general manager of FCC Environment’s North Hykeham EfW plant in Lincolnshire. He previously managed the company’s Eastcroft facility in Nottingham.

Both men are chartered engineers. Before joining the company, Gray spent 32 years in the chemical industry, with ICI and Courtaulds. He is a fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and a member of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management.


Starkey (right), a member of the Energy Institute, spent his early career with the Royal Navy and worked in operational roles in gas turbine power generation for 15 years before moving into the waste industry.

CSWDC operates from one site (above) in Coventry, which also includes a household waste recycling and reuse centre. It is a £25m turnover business and the energy recovery plant has a capacity of 270,000Te a year.

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