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Waste director Cunningham leaving the EA

Nicky Cunningham, who heads the Environment Agency’s (EA) fight against waste crime, is leaving her post at the end of the month.

A year after Cunningham took over from Mat Crocker as deputy director of waste regulation, the agency said: “Nicky is leaving the EA at the end of September and the post will be advertised.”

Initially a scientist with AstraZeneca, she joined the EA in 2000 as a scientific officer in the south-west region.

Cunningham was the subject of a Big Interview profile in MRW in April 2017.

One of the policy developments she was involved in was Defra’s overdue second waste crime consultation.

“That will be really interesting because it will give us more powers to check at the permitting stage on the likely performance of the person apply­ing for the permit,” she said at the time.

“It will allow us to check their competence and assess the financial model for their activity. And the third part of that consultation looks at some kind of financial provision for landfill sites to make sure that, if something does go wrong, the operator has the funds avail­able to remediate it.”


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