British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA) director general Lindsay Millington will be stepping down from the post when her contract ends in early 2009.
A BMRA spokeswoman said that Millington decided to leave after her contract ends and her future plans are not known.
Millington has spent three years in the post, and in a statement from the BMRA she has put metal recycling on the map in the UK and the EU through her lobbying work. The organisation is now on the hunt to find someone to drive BMRA campaigns over the coming years.
Millington did not say why she would not be renewing her contract, but she told MRW: An important point to note is that we are still all good friends.
Millington has spent most of her working life in membership organisations. She set up Metskill in 1990 to boost skills and qualifications in the metals industry, as well as liaise with the Government and aid the building of bridges between Government and the metals industry.
Commenting on BMRAs recent successes, Millington said: There is now much wider recognition of the size and scope of the industry and of the vital contribution that recovering metals makes to the achievement of European targets for recycling end-of-life vehicles, Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment, packaging, batteries and construction materials.
We have had a very successful lobbying campaign this year, she added. In the spring, our policy document Agenda for change attracted a lot interest, and MPs held an adjournment debate on metal recycling. We have worked closely with European Commission researchers towards a position that could soon bring the much needed end-of-waste decision for recovered metals. We have also been able to raise industry concerns about over-regulation, shipment controls and other issues directly with ministers and with the House of Commons environment select committee.
BMRA president Michael Wright said: We are now in a stronger position than ever in terms of relationships with government and regulatory authorities and our membership levels are at a peak. Lindsay has done a magnificent job and we will be sorry to see her go.
Image: BMRA director general Lindsay Millington