Steve Read, who previously managed both Somerset and Gloucestershire waste partnerships, has been appointed director of energy, waste and environment at West Sussex County Council.
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Read (pictured) was the first managing director of Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) when he joined in 2007. He later took on the role at Gloucestershire in a part-time capacity.
Sreaking a month after the move on 30 May, he said: “The Somerset project was, and continues to be, an exceptional opportunity.
“Ten years after the creation of the first fully integrated two-tier partnership, Somerset remains one of the most progressive examples and a real benchmark for others. It was a pleasure and a privilege to be managing director with such a great team.
”A year or so ago I started asking myself whether I was up for a significant new challenge and, when the new West Sussex role came up, it ticked a lot of boxes. We have a clear need to boost performance and work with our district and borough partners to make the best of our significant infrastructure investment.
”The new role also widens my responsibility into some innovative energy projects. There is also a real desire from elected members for the council to leave a sustainable environmental legacy.
”The clincher was the opportunity to work with a very new corporate management team that shares a passion for turning West Sussex into an exemplar authority in challenging times.”
Lee Harris, West Sussex council’s executive director for economy, infrastructure and environment, said: “We’re delighted with Steve’s appointment. He brings a wealth of experience to the post, particularly with his track record in waste management, environmental sustainability and developing partnerships between district and county councils.”