The Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee has announced Joy Blizzard as its new chairwoman.
Local authority officer Blizzard takes over from Lee Marshall who is standing down after serving the maximum four-year term.
Blizzard was formerly LARACs communications officer and will be supported by Carole Taylor and Gemma Coles as vice chairs with Andrew Craig from Tees Valley continuing as principle policy officer.
Blizzard said: "It is an honour to be taking on the role as chair of LARAC and I am looking forward to the challenges that the position brings with it. LARAC has a new development plan and I am going to work to make sure that we develop the aspirations that are set out within it.
Local authorities have been in the firing line a bit recently and they do not get the credit they deserve for the continued improvement and expansion of services that they have consistently provided in recent years."
Marshall wished Blizzard well in the role and added: I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as chair and enjoyed representing local authorities, largely because of the hard work and dedication they have shown in that time. My one regret is that I could not get some people to see that one size does not fit all and that there is a place for a variety of collection and treatment methods across the UK which will depend on certain local circumstances.