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Tributes pour in for departing ‘industry titan’

Major recycling figures have made tributes to ”industry titan” Steve Lee following the announcement of his departure at the end of the year from the helm of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM).

The chief executive has announced he will leave the organisation after more than a dozen years in the post.

Responding on social media, industry figures including Resource Association chief executive Ray Georgeson, outgoing Defra waste management director Colin Church and Northampton University professor Margaret Bates paid tribute.

Georgeson said: “Big news that industry titan Steve Lee is stepping down as CEO but we’ve a whole year to get used to the idea… good luck Steve.”

Bates said: “Steve has made an enormous positive difference to CIWM and members”, while Church said: “He’ll be missed by all parties in the debate.”

Furniture Reuse network chief executive Craig Anderson described Lee as a “powerhouse for the sector”, while outgoing Kent Resource Partnership manager Paul Vanston called him a “superb mentor for many – me included.”

Independent Safety Services Limited (ISSL) consultant Matthew Smith, Ricardo Energy and Environment practice director Adam Read and the Environmental Services Association were among others paying tribute.

The CIWM said the recruitment process for a new chief executive would begin in the spring, and the successful candidate is expected to be in post by the end of this year.

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