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Ex-BAE director to chair Zero Waste Scotland

A former BAE Systems director and current president of the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce has been appointed chair of Zero Waste Scotland.

Vic Emery Zero Waste Scotland

The appointment of Vic Emery (left) as the organisation’s first chair marks the transition to a new corporate structure and the independence from WRAP.

Iain Gulland, director at Zero Waste Scotland, said: “As an organisation we have a broader remit than ever before, ranging from recycling to energy efficiency and litter prevention, and having Vic on board will help us to build strong partnerships across the public and private sectors to help us meet our ambitious objectives.”

Zero Waste Scotland described Emery as an “industrialist and businessman”, with experience in the public and business spheres.

He has been the president of the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce since January 2014, after serving as chair of Scottish Enterprise Glasgow.

In the public sector, Emery was convener of the Scottish Police Services Authority and Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency between 2009 and 2013. Since 2012 he has chaired the Scottish Police Authority – the oversight body for the single Police Service of Scotland.

Emery has a background as an official at BAE Systems’ warship division, where it was managing director until 2003. He then joined the operational board of BAE Systems until 2008. He was awarded an OBE in May 2008 for services to shipbuilding. 

Emery said: “I’m excited about the future, not least in working with an energetic staff team with some terrific achievements already under their belts. I will work with them to drive progress in Scotland on key issues such as resource efficiency, recycling, litter and the circular economy.”

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