WAMITAB (the Waste Management Industry Training & Advisory Board) has announced that long-standing Board members Roger Hewitt and Barry Dennis have stepped down from their roles as chairman and treasurer respectively.
Replacing them are existing board member Stuart Reynolds, as the new chairman; and Steve Corne, who will take over the role of Honorary Treasurer. Trevor Nicoll, who has been board member since July 2015, will continue in his role.
Chris James, CEO at WAMITAB, said: “I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank both Roger and Barry for their valuable support since I joined WAMITAB in 2012; and for helping to steer the organisation to its current position as a respected provider of vocational qualifications for the waste and resource management sector.”
Stuart Reynolds has a long track record in the waste and resource industry. He was formally Head of Compliance for Norfolk Environmental Waste Services Ltd and currently works as an independent consultant. He is a Fellow of the Charted Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) and has chaired special interest groups for the Institution. Steve Corne is a chartered accountant with Greenfinch Accountancy Services, who is also a Trustee of CIWM and has experience within the agricultural sector.
Talking about the new appointments, Chris James said: “We are delighted to welcome Stuart and Steve to the WAMITAB Board of Directors as Chairman and Honorary Treasurer respectively. As we enter a new era for both the industry and the world of education and skills, I am enthusiastic about what the future holds for our organisation, and look forward to continuing the good work.”
Loyal Servants To WAMITAB
Outgoing chairman Roger Hewitt was a member of the original working party that established WAMITAB in 1989 and was one of its founder members, providing it with vital financial support in its early development and continuing to provide strategic leadership and direction to its management team.
Commenting on his time with WAMITAB, Roger Hewitt said: “It has been an honour and a privilege to have worked closely with WAMITAB and its management since its inception. I am immensely grateful to the late Lord Lewis, whose vision and wisdom helped set the course for the organisation’s future, and to Professor John Donaldson, who succeeded him as President. I am confident that the Board and management team will continue firmly on that strategic path.”
Barry Dennis, who has worked in the sector for over 50 years, has held a number of senior positions within the Environmental Services Association in addition to being a Director and Honorary Treasurer of the Board of Directors of WAMITAB since 2003.
“I am proud to have been part of the organisation that is strongly committed to skills development in the waste and resource management industry and to improving operating standards across the industry, reducing incidents and accidents, and promoting best practice,” said Barry.
In summary, Chris James added: “It is an interesting time for the sector; with the increased focus on the circular economy and the concept of reduce-reuse-recycle meaning that it has never been more important to keep skills current and relevant. WAMITAB is ideally placed to support individuals and employers to make the workplace safer, greener and more resource efficient.”