UK Government

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Appointments to the WEEE Advisory Body (WAB)

Press Release   •   Dec 04, 2009 11:24 GMT

Business Minister, Ian Lucas, has announced the appointment of 11 new members to the WEEE Advisory Body (WAB), a non-Departmental public body established to provide advice to Government on the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive and the UK WEEE Regulations.

Mr Lucas said:

“The WEEE Advisory Body plays an important role advising Government on waste electronics. These new appointments will further strengthen the WAB bringing a new breadth of experience and knowledge to its future programme of work.”

The new appointees are:

Scott Butler - General Manager, ERP

Lynne Cullis – Chief Operating Officer, The Wastepack Group

Richard Davies - Chief Executive, Gearrs Wales Ltd

Bill Griffiths -National Recycling Manager, Viridor

Barry Groves OBE – Director, Northern Compliance Ltd

Andrew Hanratty - Compliance Director, Veolia Environmental Services PLC

Adrian Hawkes - Director of Policy, Valpak

Simon Hill - Commercial Manager (Recycling), Wincanton

Lee Marshall - Senior Manager (Policy and Waste), Powys County Council

Claudia Kuss-Tenzer - Research and Policy Programme Manager, Waste Watch

Eddie Taylor - Chief Executive (Strategy), Lighting Industry Federation

Notes To Editors

1. The WEEE Advisory Body was established to provide independent advice on the development of the WEEE system following the implementation of the WEEE Directive in the UK and the introduction of producer responsibility on the 1 July 2007. The WEEE Directive has significant effects on producers, distributors and users of electrical equipment, as well as the waste management sector. The WEEE Advisory Body’s advice makes an important contribution to the development of policy in relation to these issues.

2. The new appointments have been made in accordance with the requirements of the Office for the Commissioner for Public Appointments. All appointments have been made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity (if any declared) to be made public.

3. New Appointments are for 2 years and are effective from 1 January 2010. A number of existing members whose tenure was due to end on 31 December 2010 have been re-appointed. Members are appointed on an independent basis and have expertise and experience relevant to the WEEE Regulations, rather than as delegates of particular organisations or interest groups. The post of Chair is paid an honorarium of £5,000 per annum. Members are unpaid, but will receive travel and subsistence expenses in respect of their appointment.

4. Biographical details new appointees.

Scott Butler

Scott Butler joined ERP, the pan-European WEEE compliance scheme, as General Manager in February 2007. He was instrumental in setting up ERP's UK operations and manages all aspects of the organisation.

With an MSc in Environmental Technology, he has been an advisor to the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology; he worked for a number of years as Sustainability Manager for The Science Museum; and he has consulted on environmental and corporate social responsibility projects for a range of organisations. In 2005, he joined Samsung Electronics as Sustainability Affairs Manager, with responsibility for environmental compliance, government affairs and internal communications on sustainability issues.

Lynne Cullis

Lynne Cullis, Chief Operating Officer of The Wastepack Group Ltd since 2006, entered the waste management industry with Wastepack in 1997 after qualifying as an accountant in a leading regional practice. Her experience covers all aspects of general waste management and producer responsibility compliance, working closely with all stakeholders in the sector.

Richard Davies

Richard has almost 30 years experience in the IT Industry since joining IBM South Africa in 1981. For 12 years he specialised in the remarketing of IBM equipment in a multi million pound market place before setting up his own consultancy business in South Wales, which concentrated on expanding SMEs through the increased use of IT.

In September 2000 he founded Computer Warehouse, supplying refurbished computers to SMEs, community groups, schools and private users in the South Wales Valleys and in 2002 they were renamed Waste Technique Ltd  to reflect their move into WEEE recycling. In July this year following a take over they became GEARRS (Wales).

Richard graduated from the University of Wales Swansea with a BSc in Economics.

Bill Griffiths

Bill is a farmer by background and qualified with a degree in Agriculture from Harper Adams Agricultural College.  On leaving college Bill owned and operated a farm shop and pick your own business in north Hampshire growing crops and retailing to the general public.  In 1995 Bill took a career change and moved to West Sussex to manage the biosolids (sewage sludge) recycling operation for Southern Water, which, 14 years later as this operation is now under contract to Viridor, he continues to manage. This role focussed on the treatment of a waste to produce an added value product generating revenue as an agricultural and sports turf fertiliser with recognised brand values marketed by a professionally qualified sales team.  Bill joined Viridor in April 2005 as National Recycling Manager where he has marketing responsibility for a wide portfolio of materials including dry recyclates from Local Authority kerbside collections, bring sites and Household Waste Recycling Sites (HWRS) (paper, plastics, cans, glass, textiles, wood, electrical items, light iron etc) as well as marketing and compliance responsibilities for the organic materials from composted green, kitchen & residual waste.   Since 2006 Bill has focussed on implementing the Weee Directive across the HWRS managed for Local Authority clients.

Barry Groves OBE

After a successful Army Career Barry became a Golf Club manager, before going on to work for a larger County Council.   Following this he formed his own company to promote proper environmental disposal and went on to operate as a PCS. He is also involved as a Director of a company that promotes proper collection and disposal of Business WEEE and has a very keen interest in working with Social Enterprises and other Third Sector organisations in promoting the Reuse model.

Andrew Hanratty

Andrew Hanratty has over 18 years experience in the waste and recycling sectors. Initially working in Hazardous Wastes Disposal for Waste Management Ltd and UK Waste Ltd he has also recycled waste solvents for four years. After this he moved to the sustainable manufacturing sector and joined Sonae UK Ltd as recycling manufacturer assisting in the production of chipboard and gaining accreditation for the manufacturing processes.

In 2003 Andrew joined Cleanaway to manage the packaging scheme for four years and set up two accredited operations before launching the Veolia ES WEEE Compliance Scheme in 2007 where he is the Scheme Manager. He is also the Compliance Director of the BatteryBack compliance scheme, the UK’s largest collector of household batteries.

Adrian Hawkes

Adrian Hawkes is Director of Policy at Valpak, the leading UK industry scheme for producer responsibility compliance and recycling. He was instrumental in establishing the market based compliance system for packaging in the UK, which is widely acknowledged as having many significant benefits for producers over alternative systems.

He is an engineer by background and having spent over 15 years in manufacturing industry he has been involved with Valpak in various roles since its formation in 1997.  He has become a respected adviser to European, National and local government on the implications of producer responsibility.  This includes the newly introduced requirements for WEEE as well as other waste streams such as batteries and agricultural waste plastics in the future.

Simon Hill

Simon has been in waste management for the last 15 years. After completing a degree in Chemical Sciences at Leeds University, and working in the chemical industry, he joined the waste management industry initially within landfill disposal. He went on to hold management positions with responsibility for landfill sites, transfer stations, civic amenity sites, composting, aggregate recycling and bulk waste haulage.

In April 2004 he joined Wincanton as Commercial Manager with responsibility for developing its waste management and recycling services, particularly in relation to WEEE, for local authorities, manufacturers and retailers. His role also includes championing WEEE Directive issues on behalf of the business, and advising Wincanton’s employees and customers.

Simon is a full member of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management and the Society for the Environment, and a member of the Agencies and Industry WEEE Operational Liaison Group.

Claudia Kuss-Tenzer

The majority of Claudia’s professional career to date has focused on research and policy within waste and resource management. In 2002, she joined Waste Watch, a leading national NGO promoting sustainable waste and resource management, heading up their research and policy team.  She leads on the strategic development of Waste Watch’s Research and Policy programme and represents them on a range of waste and resource policy and legislative issues such as the EU Energy-using Products Directive, the Waste Framework Directive and the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive.  Claudia also represents Waste Watch on Defra’s Waste Strategy Stakeholder Group.  She holds an MSc in Environment and Sustainable Development from University College London.

Lee Marshall

Lee has spent over 16 years in waste management after graduating with an Environmental Technology degree. He started his career at Woking Borough Council as Recycling Assistant and has also worked for Coventry City Council and Stratford District Council as Head of Street Scene.  He is now the Senior Manager Policy & Waste at Powys County Council in Wales and has also spent a period in the private sector as a Contract Manager dealing with all of the waste generated by British Airways at Heathrow and Gatwick airports.

He was Chair of LARAC (Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee) from January 2005 to January 2009 and has been involved with the organisation for well over 8 years taking on roles as Technical Officer, Vice Chair and Communications Co-ordinator prior to becoming the Chair.

Eddie Taylor

Eddie has over 35 years experience working for Philips Electrical Group.  During this time he has held a number of senior management roles including logistics; IT; marketing; quality systems and business management.  In 2005 Eddie became involved in assessing the WEEE Directive for Philips Lighting.

After retiring in 2006, he set up and managed Recolight, a Producer Compliance Scheme for lamp producers.

Eddie is currently the Chief Executive for the Lighting Industry Trade Association (LIF).

5. Existing membership:

Peter Calliafas – Chair

Julie-Ann Adams – Adams Consultancy Services

Joy Boyce – Head of Corporate Environmental Affairs, Fujitsu Services

Jonathan Gorman – Regulatory Policy Manager, Tesco Stores

Gary Griffiths – Environmental & Quality Systems Manager, RDC

John Holbrow – Non-Executive Chairman, Pollution Monitors Ltd

Dr Leigh Holloway – Environmental Consultant, eco3

Terry Maguire – Chairman & Managing Director, Computer Remarketing Services
Dr Kirstie McIntyre – Environmental Takeback Compliance Manager, Hewlett Packard
Mark Shelton – Waste Promotions Manager, Donarbon Waste Management

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