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Paul Levett leaves Veolia Environmental Services

Influential waste management figure Paul Levett is set to leave his role as deputy chief executive for Veolia Environmental Services from tomorrow (8 April).

Speaking to MRW, he said his reason for leaving was to improve his work-life balance: “We had completed the integration of Cleanaway, gained planning for some major developments and are well placed on a number of PFI bids. Therefore it seemed to be a good time to look for new challenges and to improve my work-life balance.

“I have had various approaches [for future roles] over the last couple of days and I look forward to exploring some of these opportunities further. However, it’s not my plan to take a full time or executive role. A small number of non-executive and advisory roles should provide interesting challenges and flexibility.”

Levett’s position at Veolia will not be filled, as he explained that the new structure at Veolia should help developing business needs which “will not involve a deputy chief executive position”.

His departure was revealed in a memo to staff earlier this week. Levett commented: “Veolia and I had been discussing the future for a while, but obviously senior level departures have organisational implications, so it was sensible to keep it confidential until finalised.”

Levett has been at Veolia since 2006, when he moved across from waste management firm Cleanaway. Since then he has been a strong presence in the industry and more recently has been a firm supporter of recycling incentive scheme RecycleBank.

Outlining his proudest achievements in his time at Veolia, he said there were two in particular:   “Firstly, many acquisitions fail to deliver on their objectives, but the Cleanaway deal delivered in every respect; secondly, I place great importance on the many strong and trusting relationships that I have built in the industry over the years.”

Asked about his most memorable moment he simply replied: “I don’t remember!”

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