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Mattravers quits Dorset trouble-shooting role

Interim director of the Dorset Waste Partnership (DWP), Nigel Mattravers, has left his role before the conclusion of his six-month contract.

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In March, DPW director Steve Burdis was suspended pending an investigation into the way the body was managed.

Consultancy firm WYG was appointed to get the finances of the partnership back on track in the wake of a £2.8m budget overspend. It selected Mattravers, below, as temporary director.

He was in charge of delivering 37 recommendations made by the partnership’s management board when he left the role on 14 August.

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Although his LinkedIn profile shows that he is still working for the DWP, MRW understands that Mattravers, right, has moved to Hong Kong where he is setting up a recycling business.

WYG’s Len Attrill, who was working with Mattravers during his tenure, is understood to be finishing the consultancy’s work on the contract.

A DWP spokesman said: “WYG’s support is due to finish at the end of August. All but four of the actions are now complete or have been adopted as new, more rigorous, business practices. The four ongoing items have become projects in their own right.

“Nigel Mattravers was the DWP’s interim director during this period, with WYG’s Len Attrill supporting the DWP operations team. Nigel left his position on 14 August having been offered a new role overseas. Len will be continuing in his role as a consultant for a further month.

“Steve Burdis remains suspended while an external investigation is completed. Partner councils are currently considering interim leadership arrangements.”

In the meantime, the DWP is being overseen by Mike Harries, Dorset County Council’s director of environment and economy and chair of the DWP Management Board, and Steve Mackenzie, chief executive of Purbeck District Council.

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