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New LWARB board appointed

Boris Johnson has appointed a new London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB).

Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson

The board, which is entering its second term, brings together the capital’s waste and recycling bodies and distributes project funding it receives from Government.  

The mayor named his environment advisor, former BBC news producer Matthew Pencharz, as his independent representative on the board.

Former environment minister Richard Tracey AM (Con) will continue to lead LWARB as chair after being appointed to the role in July.

Two further independent members were appointed: Melville Haggard, a Government infrastructure-finance advisor; and Barbara Anderson a commercial board director – as well as four political borough representatives (see below).

Johnson said: “LWARB plays a central role in my goal to bring more investment into green infrastructure into the capital. This is supporting jobs and growth whilst also providing long-term solutions to improve recycling rates to avoid costly landfill bills.

“In addition, LWARB is working with councils to bring about efficiency savings helping them get more bang for their buck in testing financial times and to keep council bills as low as possible.”

The Board has an available funding pot of £26.3m over four years. Its 2011-2015 business plan outlined support towards “development of innovative waste solutions” and a £4.6m efficiencies programme for local authorities.

The full board:

  • Richard Tracy AM (Con) – chair
  • Cllr Clyde Loakes (Lab) - Chair of the North London Waste Authority, environment portfolio holder in Waltham Forest, and deputy chair of the LGA’s environment board
  • Cllr Bassam Mahfouz (Lab) - Chair of the West London Waste Authority and Ealing cabinet member for environment and transport
  • Cllr Nicholas Paget-Brown (Con) - Kensington & Chelsea cabinet member for environment and member of London Councils’ transport & environment committee
  • Cllr David Williams (Con) – Merton council
  • Barbara Anderson - A commercial board director
  • Melville Haggard - Government infrastructure-finance advisor
  • Matthew Pencharz - Mayor of London’s environment and political advisor

Readers' comments (1)

  • I am confused by the use of the term "independent" in relation to "...Two further independent members were appointed..."

    Melville Haggard has over 30 years’ experience as a project financier and adviser to industry and HM Government. This included time as Markets Development Adviser to DEFRA on the financing of waste and energy infrastructure. MH is (or at least was) a big fan of RDF/SRF.

    I suppose "independent" in this context means he is not a member of a political party.

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