Jones Joins Envirolink Northwest Board
4 January 2008, News release from Envirolink Northwest Limited
Peter Jones OBE, external relations director for Biffa Waste Services Ltd, has been appointed chair of the board of Envirolink Northwest, the Northwest Regional Development Agency's (NWDA) support organisation for the region's environmental technologies and services (ETS) sector, with immediate effect. He replaces Joe Dwek CBE, who held the position from December 2004.
Mr Jones has been employed by Biffa since 1989 and has a strong national perspective on the ETS sector, with a particular interest in recycling and waste. He is a member of BERR's Environmental Innovation Advisory Group.
Commenting on his appointment Mr Jones said, "I have been invited to chair Envirolink Northwest at what is an exciting time for the ETS industry. The sector is currently facing the challenges of global warming, and other environmental pressures. Envirolink Northwest was one of the first ETS sector support organisations established in the UK in 2001 and is about to begin to deliver a further three year programme to stimulate the development and growth of ETS businesses in the Northwest, on behalf of the NWDA."
Chief Executive of Envirolink Northwest, Nick Storer, announced the appointment saying, "I'm delighted one of the foremost influencers on the future of the waste management and recycling industry in the UK will chair Envirolink Northwest's board. Peter has already contributed to shaping our future strategy in support of the ETS sector."
He continued, "I also thank Joe Dwek for his contribution to the direction of Envirolink Northwest. Joe has spent three years supporting Envirolink Northwest in many ways and has overseen and shaped the company into what it is today. Peter joins at a time of great optimism. The sector is growing in strength and diversity and the region's businesses have unprecedented access to opportunities both nationally and overseas. Peter will lead a board of industry representatives drawn from ETS businesses across the region to ensure that Envirolink Northwest continues to stimulate growth in the sector and that the Northwest's businesses capitalise on these opportunities."
Steven Broomhead, Chief Executive of the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA), also welcomed the appointment saying:"The region's environmental technology and services sector will have an increasingly higher profile over the coming years as we seek to address the issues of climate change. I believe that our region has an opportunity to lead in this area and under Peter's stewardship I hope to see an already prospering sector continue its development. Joe Dwek has been a strong advocate of this sector and I also thank him for his efforts during his tenure."
Peter's experience will be particularly welcomed by Envirolink Northwest's Recycling and Waste team which is seeking to enhance the profitability and competitiveness of companies in that sector here in the Northwest.
The work of the Recycling and Waste team has four main elements:
Research and Development - Facilitating co-operative research and development work in industry and academia
Technology Commercialisation - Demonstrating the capabilities of new technologies
Sector Development - Supporting the Northwest region to become the premier business hub for waste related operations throughout the UK and worldwide
Market Development - Ensuring that high-value and practical uses are developed for materials produced by waste treatment and recycling.
Martin Andrews, Envirolink Northwest's Recycling & Waste Team Leader looks forward to working with Peter and goes on to say "The waste management industry is at a point of irrevocable change, moving away from the domination of relatively simple logistics of collecting waste and burying it in landfills and moving towards building, owning and operating complex waste separation and treatment processes. As Peter says, the waste industry has the potential to become a significant player in the power generation market and also has to develop downstream supply chains of recycling and manufacturing businesses to turn recyclable wastes into products that give waste materials a new life. Envirolink Northwest has the ability to help the Northwest's recycling & waste industry adapt to these changes quickly in order to gain competitive advantage across the UK."
For further information please email Envirolink Northwest Limited