Rushlight Events


Waste Manager to Resource Broker

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

5.30pm to 9pm

 Hosted by

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25 Moorgate, London EC2R 6AY


The waste industry is in the middle of a major transformation.  Where once society looked for the industry simply to remove what was deemed rubbish from the sight of communities, now it is becoming a handler of a range of resources that feed the wood, paper, metal, glass, plastic and construction industries, the reuse sector, and green gas and waste to energy plants.

Society is now asking for as much as possible to be diverted away from the municipal and commercial waste streams through circular business models and reuse.  There is increasing pressure on waste companies to segregate resource streams and for alternative uses to be found which are pursued ahead of waste to energy.  The waste hierarchy pervades upstream so that there is a resource handling hierarchy too.

This transition from waste handler to resource broker has not been straight forward.  Regulations designed to protect health and the environment, principally set and managed by the Environment Agency, have challenged the progress by those in the vanguard of innovations appertaining to certain resource streams.

The need for One Planet Living and the ensuing requirement to manage our resources more effectively, together with the unknown impacts of Brexit both with regard to the EU Circular Economy Programme and future trading activities, are accelerating this transformation of the industry.

Biffa was one of the first large waste companies to make fundamental changes to its strategy and, most recently, the launch of the newly merged Renewi highlights the changes that are happening.

This event will set out the changes that are taking place, identify the drivers and hurdles to the transition, look at the process from the perspective of a waste company, a local authority and an investor/ financier and seek to set out what the future resource system will be like.



5.30pm Registration

6.00pm Welcome – Andrew Bond, Smith & Williamson

6.10pm Introduction – Clive Hall, Rushlight Events

6.15pm UK Waste Industry Update – Mark Terrell, Principal Consultant, Ricardo-AEA.  His presentation is HERE.

6.40pm The Local Authority Perspective – Annie Baker,  Strategic Partnership Manager, South London Waste Partnership.  not available at this time.

7.00pm Panel, augmented by

Mike Tregent, Environment Agency

James Capel, Simply Waste Solutions

Natalia Agathou, Advance London Team Leader, LWaRB

8.15pm Networking

9.30pm Close


Who should attend?

This event is ideal for waste companies, resource innovators and technologists, investors, financiers, consultants, local authorities, government departments, those in the resource and waste supply chains, sustainability professionals, manufacturers, advisers, media and other sector participants.


To register for this event click HERE.



Mark Terrell – Ricardo-AEA

With a long history of experience in the waste sector, Mark has worked in many sectors of the waste industry from most recently RDF/SRF production and end market development, through to composting, AD, IVC, food waste, wood waste and even sewage sludge. He is a Materials Engineer (BEng), and began his career as a chemist in the chemical, cement and waste industry. He has mix of technical expertise and commercial market knowledge from working for Thames Water, Veolia, Lafarge, Environment Agency, Suez and most recently Ricardo.  Working for the Worldwide Energy and Environmental consultancy Ricardo Mark provides support to the financial, energy and waste sectors on; Technical Due Diligence/Owners Representative, Expert Witness/Legal and Regulatory Compliance, and Market Assessment UK and Europe (RDF/SRF/Wood).

Annie Baker – South London Waste Partnership

Annie is the Strategic Partnership Manager at South London Waste Partnership.  She has worked in waste management in London local authorities for nearly 15 years. In her role heading up the South London Waste Partnership, she manages waste on behalf of four partner boroughs: Croydon , Kingston, Merton and Sutton. Before managing the SLWP, she spent over 10 years working in the London Borough of Southwark.

James Capel – Simply Waste

James is the CEO and owner of the fastest growing waste collection company in the UK. Simply Waste Solutions was founded in 2006, initially with only two lorries and a strong work ethic. Its meteoric rise was achieved by breaking the mould of how traditional large waste management companies operate and by delivering the highest standards of customer service that many of its larger competitors struggle to match. Now Simply Waste has over 45 vehicles and employs more than 120 staff, collecting from more than 7000 sites a week and handling over 100,000 tonnes of waste per year.  James has had over 20 years’ experience in the waste industry and has been at the forefront of change in the sector. He led the first joint venture to offer a complete solution for coffee cup recycling and Simply Cups remains the only company in the UK to offer a fully auditable solution for this waste.

Natalia Agathou – LWARB

Natalia joined the London Waste and Recycling Board in 2017 and she is the Business Advice Manager of the Advance London team a 3 year programme supporting SMEs in London transition to circular business models. She has previously worked for 8 years as an environmental advisor specialised in sustainable businesses and responsible sourcing in emerging economies. She has assisted businesses in developing sustainability strategies and resource efficient business plans. She has designed waste collection and delivery plans for municipalities and has analysed and restructured internal processes for organizations and businesses in the retail, packaging, banking, textiles, recycling and sanitary sector. She has managed and implemented waste and resource efficiency management programmes for international clients like Philips, IFCO Systems S.A., Textile Enterprises, IBM, the World Bank, the EU, the UNDP, and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Mike Tregent – Environment Agency

Mike is responsible for Waste Stream Assessment Waste Planning and Strategy Environmental Regulation and Compliance at the Environment Agency.  He has been at the Environment Agency for 10 years, before which he had waste regulation roles at Berkshire and Hampshire County Councils.