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Lord Lewis steps down from key role

The Veolia Environmental Trust has appointed a new chair and executive director.

Lord Lewis of Newnham, who had chaired the board, which awards grants to community and environmental projects through the Landfill Communities Fund, steps down after six years at the helm.

He will be suceeded by fellow board member Oswald Dodds MBE (see career highlights below).

Dodds said: “I have got a real insight into the good the organisation and the Landfill Communities Fund does and how grants help UK communities improve their facilities and the environment.

“It is a great honour to take this position and follow Lord Lewis and I am sure that, with Veolia’s support, we can continue to help make a real difference to people’s lives.”

He has assessed numerous applications including the “Hall For All” project which will result in a new community hall serving the Norfolk villages of Weston Longville, Morton on the Hill and Attlebridge.

McNabb Laurie is the Trust’s new executive director.

Laurie previously held a senior position at ENTRUST, which regulates the Landfill Communities Fund on behalf of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs.

He joined the Trust in May 2009 as senior project manager and for the last two years he has been the organisation’s operations manager.

He said: “The Trust has awarded over £48m to worthy projects and it is an honour to carry on this good work.

“Looking forward, I see a wide range of issues facing the environment and communities across the UK and I am confident that the Trust can respond to these challenges. If you are involved in a project and are seeking funding, please consult our website or give us a call as we may be able to help.”

The Veolia Environmental Trust has been supporting community and environmental projects for over 14 years through the Landfill Communities Fund which allows landfill site operators to donate a percentage, currently 5.6%, of their landfill tax payment to these projects.

Since the Trust was established in 1997, Veolia Environmental Services has supported it by contributions of over £48m to 1,355 projects.

The Trust has helped fund a diverse range of projects, including the repair of woodland footpaths, the renovation of community halls and the installation of playgrounds and play areas.

For more information, or to find out how to apply for funding, visit the Trust’s website

Dodds’ career highlights  

  • Dodds ran his own business for 10 years and was also involved in several other roles in the public and voluntary sectors. His main career was in local government, firstly in environmental health and then as a local authority director responsible for a range of local authority services.
  • In addition, he spent 20 plus years as a volunteer involved in preparing national and international standards, mostly in the field of management systems where he chaired a number of national and international committees and groups.
  • As well as his work with the Trust, he also chairs a Northampton-based social enterprise that provides services to the vulnerable and disabled, and a charity that deals with project management and research, mostly within the wastes and resources sector.
  • Dodds’ first activity as chair was to help get the ‘Hall For All’ project off the ground by helping to demolish the old community hall.

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