One of the leading figures in the waste and resource sector, Barry Dennis, is retiring as director general of the Environmental Services Association (ESA).
Dennis will step down at the end of December after spending 22 years at the association.
He joined the National Association of Waste Disposal Contractors, the organisation’s predecessor, in 1993 and was instrumental for its name change to the ESA in 1996.
He became deputy chief executive in 2000 and was appointed director general in 2010.
The ESA said Dennis has helped the association to become more distinct, widening its remit to policy issues affecting the industry and lobbying the Government on key topics, including waste crime, infrastructure investment and the circular economy.
David Palmer-Jones, chairman at the ESA, said Dennis also helped strengthening the relationships with other organisations in the sectors, such as the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM).
“Barry’s role throughout his time at the ESA has always been to represent the Industry in a professional way, and build relationships from which we can benefit,” he said.
“Our links with CIWM have been strengthened through his involvement, and the successes of his work in the arrangements we now have for the RWM Exhibition, held at the NEC in Birmingham every year, is one example of many that we have of his dedication to the industry.”
Steve Lee, CIWM chief executive, said: “[Dennis] has served the waste and resource management sector long and well and we are very pleased that he will continue to do so through his involvement with CIWM.”
Dennis started working in the family business, The Deard’s Group of Companies, which operated waste management services throughout the London area, in 1963.
He won MRW’s life time achievement award in 2014 (picture above).
He will remain involved in the sector as CIWM board member.