Andrew Bird Elected As New LARAC Chair

13-01-14(1)picThe Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC) Executive announced the result of its recent elections for the roles of Chair and Vice-Chairs for 2014, revealing that Andrew Bird has been elected to replace Joy Blizzard as Chair.

Blizzard stepped down as Chair of the organisation last week, saying, “I was due to finish as chair at the end of January, but a secondment opportunity has come up and therefore I will be standing down as chair and resigning from the executive today.”

LARAC welcomed Andrew Bird as the new LARAC Chair, saying, “Andrew is not only our West Midlands Rep but also our Policy Support Officer and has taken the lead on many of the LARAC consultation responses. As such, he brings with him an in-depth knowledge of the various LARAC aims.”

Bird is the recycling strategy and commissioning manager at Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council.

Andrew Bird – “I am thrilled to have been appointed Chair of LARAC… As Chair I will do my upmost to represent our members’ best interests at a national level, as well as giving advice where necessary”

”I am thrilled to have been appointed Chair of LARAC,” he said. “We continue to live in challenging times, as seen in the last week by the controversy from DCLG’s so called ‘Bin Bible’. As Chair I will do my upmost to represent our members’ best interests at a national level, as well as giving advice where necessary.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the past Chair, Joy Blizzard, who has worked tirelessly for LARAC over the last ten years, helping shape the organisation to be the success it is today, and also Mark Foxall as Vice-Chair for all his work and support especially around the need nationally to improve Health & Safety in our industry, an area I am passionate to support.”

Andrew will be ably supported by the two new Vice-Chairs: Sally Talbot, team manager: waste and operations at Staffordshire County Council, also a member of the LARAC policy team and Durk Reyner, head of client environment services at Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council and long-time member of the LARAC Exec.

Lee Marshall will also join LARAC as new CEO in April this year, after Colin Kirkby announced his retirement.

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