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ESA appoints new chairman

The chief executive of Cory Environmental has been appointed chairman of the Environmental Services Association (ESA) in the second change at the top of the organisation this week.

Peter Gerstrom has taken over the role from Sita’s chief executive David Palmer-Jones at the ESA’s annual lunch.

In his closing speech, Palmer-Jones recalled the main achievements of the association under the two years of his chairmanship, including:

  • discussions  around encouraging the government to adopt the circular economy
  • work done with Government to de-risk the market of recyclates
  • tackling the issue of waste crime
  • discussions with HMRC around landfill tax

He also mentioned the creation of Resources and Waste UK, a new resource management lobby group launched by the ESA and the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management in the run-up to the 2015 election.

Incoming chairman Gerstrom said: “We should celebrate what we have achieved, but not rest on it - it is time to build the next phase.

“A shared vision is vital, but we also need to see the stepping stones that will create investment and confidence, which requires an even closer partnership with Government and stakeholders.

“In this I am a firm believer in evolution rather than revolution and I look forward to pushing on with this agenda.”

Gerstrom joined Cory Environmental in 2003 and was appointed director of its Riverside Resource Recovery facility in 2008. He became chief executive in 2010.

Gerstrom’s appointment follows the announcement that the ESA’s director general Barry Dennis will step down from his position at the end of the year.

Dennis is set to after over 50 years in the industry.

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