John Quinn is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Environmentalist who, after a period in the Private Sector, started his Local Government career in 1980 at Castlereagh Borough Council. He moved to Antrim Borough Council in 1988, initially as Chief Technical Officer and latterly as Director of Environmental Services.
He left Antrim to take up the full-time position of Chief Executive of arc21, a collaboration of 11 Councils in the Eastern Region of Northern Ireland (NI), which has come together to implement its Waste Management Plan. It is the first legally constituted Local Government Organisation of its type in the UK. He was previously Chair and Lead Council representative of the Steering Group of arc21.
He has also held office in the local Institution of Civil Engineers, Association of Municipal Engineers, Technical Advisers Group (TAG), and was a founder member, inaugural NI Secretary and first NI National Secretary of ADLO (the predecessor to APSE). He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) and a General Council Member, and Chair of the CIWM NI Centre Council. He is currently Senior Vice President Elect of CIWM.
Amongst other honorary positions, he is currently a Member of the NI Waste Programme Board, formally the Strategic Waste Board, tasked with Strategy delivery. He also served as Vice-Chair of the Waste Management Advisory Board, which advised on Strategy Formulation and Review. He is also a member of the Waste Infrastructure Programme Board and the Senior Responsible Officer for all arc21 projects including the current multi-million Residual Waste Treatment project.
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.