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CIWM halts search for new chief

The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) has deferred the appointment of a new chief executive and is to sell its headquarters as it grapples with financial problems.

There will also be a small but unspecified number of job losses and staff redeployments in its newly adopted business plan.

It had been expected to search for a new chief following the departure of Colin Church after two years in office to head the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.

But a statement said this had been put on hold “until the required skillset for the role has been clearly defined in line with the new vision for the CIWM”.

A move “to new, modern offices” is also expected following the sale of its headquarters.

CIWM chair Margaret Bates said: “The CIWM remains financially healthy and, through the hard work and professionalism of its staff, volunteers and members, it continues to be seen as an authoritative and influential body for the sector.

“There is a lot of opportunity ahead, but the current model is not sustainable, and we have to change and gear up for the future.

“There are two main objectives in this plan. In the short term, we are taking action to restore the CIWM to financial surplus. In the longer term, we want to ensure that the CIWM is both financially sustainable and builds on its existing strengths by making it a modern and effective membership body that delivers real value to today’s resource and waste professionals.”

Last month, the CIWM told members it had a deficit of £223,000 for 2017 and had run up deficits of a roughly similar size every year since it last returned a surplus in 2012.

Its training arm Wamitab had made a £189,000 surplus, trading company CIWM Enterprises had lost £110,000 and the institution had lost £302,000 from “the difference between the cost of providing the services to members we wish to provide and the income from membership fees”.

Under the business plan, the organisation intends to return to financial surplus in the short term. It is based around providing value-added membership services and a restructuring of CIWM and CIWM Enterprises to become a single delivery platform.

There will also be clear career paths from operative level, where Wamitab provides accredited qualifications, through to CIWM’s more management-focused membership grades.

 

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