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.
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.
In the past year Jim has become 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.
Margaret 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.
David has worked in the waste management industry for thirty-two years, a Member of the Institution since 1990, Chairman of the East Anglian Centre 1995/97, a member of the General Council 1996/2010 and continues as Director of IWMBS.
He has worked in senior positions of responsibility since 1990, first as Norfolk County Council's Waste Disposal Officer then as MD of Norfolk Environmental Waste Services Ltd (NEWS), 1993/2009 and now as MD of the North London Waste Authority.
David was a Director of the Environmental Services Association for nine years until 2009 and a Director of Energy & Utility Skills, the Sector Skills Council of the Electricity, Gas, Water & Waste sectors, from its formation until 2009; he remains a member of the Waste Industry Skills Initiative.
David's achievements include: the setting up of NEWS in 2003, the introduction of green-waste composting in Norfolk in 1995, the development of one of the first high-throughput Materials Recycling Facilities in the UK in 2004 and the Company's leading role in converting Norfolk to a 'twin-bin' system from 2004 with the associated improvement in recycling.
Key matters for David in the future are: timely investment in appropriate facilities, maintaining good competition and advancing skills & education.