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Presidential Team

Professor Jim Baird - President


Jim Baird - Presidential Inauguration Address

Jim has been involved in the waste industry for over 15 years and started his career as a civil engineer, graduating with honours from Glasgow University. Jim then undertook his PhD, again at Glasgow University, in river hydraulics studying the behaviour of open channel flow in the context of flooding and flood plain hydraulics.

Jim's first professional role in 1984 was as a fluid mechanics engineer at the British Hydromechanics Research Association. He gained corporate membership of the Institute of Civil Engineers in 1986. In 1994 Jim was appointed to the Scottish and Newcastle Chair of the Environment and Society at Glasgow Caledonian University.

Jim is currently a professor at Glasgow Caledonian University and continues to undertake and publish in the area of waste and resource management, and as module leader in waste management modules at postgraduate level, continues to support the development of graduates looking for a career in waste management. Jim was elected to General Councillor in 2003 and is now a fellow of CIWM.

Jim has had an active role in CIWM's Scottish Centre where he has been Honorary Secretary for six years and now acts as Honorary Treasurer for the Scottish Centre Council. Jim has also acted as the Scottish representative on the CIWM Scientific & Technical Committee and sat on the CIWM Environmental Body and the Fellows Assessment Panel.

Jim is a Director of an environmental reporting company and in the Summer of 2012 won an Enviroapp competition run by the Scottish Government's Independent 2020 Climate Group.

Key matters for Jim in the future will be the further development of training of employees in the waste and resource management sector, as well as to further strengthen CIWM's international relationships.

Professor Margaret Bates - Senior Vice President

Margaret BatesMargaret has worked her way from lecturer to Professor at the University of Northampton and is presently the Chair of the Institution's Scientific & Technical Committee.

Over many years as a lecturer, researcher and presenter at conferences she has developed an expertise in landfill, energy from waste, resource efficiency and more recently WEEE.

Among her achievements, Margaret has advised two African governments (Kenya and Nigeria) on the development of policy relating to wastes management and has delivered training on developing effective policy and regulation for several more (through the United Nations University).

Her work has featured on BBC Panorama, in the Guardian newspaper, Radio 4 You and Yours, Radio 4 World at One, The Sun, News of the World, Mail, Mail on Sunday as well as on local radio, television and newspapers.

Professor David C Wilson MBE - Junior Vice President

David wilson 5  David has a first degree in Chemistry from Oxford; followed by a doctorate sponsored by the old Harwell Laboratory (Atomic Energy Research Establishment).

He then joined the commercial consultancy arm of Harwell, inter alia running a hazardous waste research unit for the Department of the Environment (DOE). After 5 years, he won a contract in Hong Kong for 18 months to develop a computerised decision support system which the government used to plan their modern municipal solid waste facilities. Shortly after returning to England, David joined Environmental Resources Limited (ERL) now ERM. He led ERM's international waste management practice for 20 years.

For the last 10 years, David has worked as an independent consultant. Advising Defra until March 2013 on their Waste and Resources Evidence Programme. David has authored many high profile international reports.

Since 2000, David has been a Visiting Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Imperial College London. He is a Chartered Chemist, a Chartered Waste Manager.

He was recruited in 1984 as a founding member of ISWA's first Working Group, on Hazardous Wastes (WGHW), and also of the Editorial Board for ISWA's peer-reviewed journal Waste Management & Research; and continues to serve on both.

At CIWM he is the Chair of the Hazardous Waste SIG and is Vice Chair to Scientific and Technical Committee.

John Quinn - Immediate Past President 


Summary - The Circular Economy: what does it mean for the waste and resource management sector - Oct 2014

Full Report - Circular Economy Report Oct 2014

John is Chief Executive Officer of arc21, a local government waste management partnership representing 6 councils and approximately 60% of the population of Northern Ireland (NI) tasked with execution of its Statutory Waste Management Plan. As such he also acts as the Senior Responsible Owner for the procurement and delivery of relevant services for the management of the region's municipal waste.

Previously a Director of Environmental Services at Antrim Borough Council, he has served as vice-chair of the Waste Management Advisory Board which advised Government on the current Waste Management Strategy. He now contributes to DOE's Waste Programme Board and Waste Co-ordinating Group which oversees implementation of the Strategy.

He is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM), a Chartered Environmentalist and Chartered Waste Manager and has over 35 years' experience in the Environmental Engineering and Waste Management Sectors. He is also a Member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) and an OGC Accredited High Risk Gateway Reviewer / Team Leader.

He is currently President of CIWM, a General Councillor and Trustee of the Institution, Director of Resources and Waste UK and immediate Past Chair of the NI CIWM Centre.