The Environmental Services Association (ESA) has named Jacob Hayler, an economist who has worked at the organisation for a decade, as its future executive director.
Hayler will take up the position on 2 January 2015, filling the gap left by industry heavy-weight Barry Dennis, who announced his retirement as director general in November.
As a qualified chartered waste manager and chartered environmentalist, Hayler is already a spokesperson for the trade association.
Earlier this month he called on the Government to support local authorities to reach the 2020 recycling targets.
He has also warned publically of the negative affects that would be felt by the resource management and waste sector if the UK were to exit the European Union.
ESA chairman Peter Gerstrom credited Hayler as having “a wealth of knowledge, spanning the whole of the industry”.
“He is acutely aware of the economical, environmental and regulatory challenges that the sector faces, so is well placed to lead the trade association for the sector,” he said.
“I look forward to working with him, and engaging with key stakeholders on the topics that are important to the sector - the circular economy, infrastructure development and sector certainty and direction.”
Before joining ESA, Hayler worked for a London-based private equity company as a business analyst.
He holds a masters degree in environmental and resource economics from University College London, and an MA in economics and management from the University of Oxford.