Former director of environmental quality at Defra, Dr Colin Church has been appointed the new CEO of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM). He will take over the role from Steven Lee in mid-October.
Church, who boasts a civil service career spanning 21 years before stepping down as a civil servant earlier this year, has wealth of experience in strategic environmental policy making. In his previous role at Defra, he was responsible for government policy on issues such as climate change adaptation, air quality, industrial pollution prevention, local environment quality, resource efficiency and waste, and sustainable procurement. He managed the government’s support for waste infrastructure development, and represented the waste reduction and resource efficiency body, WRAP as a non-executive director.
During his career Church has also held the positions of director of climate change, exotic diseases & agency relations at Defra, director of national climate change at the Department of Energy & Climate Change and director of regulatory innovation at Better Regulation Executive.
Speaking about his new role, Church said:
“I am delighted to be taking on the role of CIWM chief executive, and I look forward to building on Steve Lee’s success in positioning the Institution as an informed and influential professional body.
“CIWM Members, and the waste and resource management sector as a whole, need strong professional standards to help ensure the sector delivers in both its key roles; protection of human health and the environment and the sustainable economic development so important to us all. CIWM will also continue to provide a respected source of thinking and advice for all our UK governments based on the expertise of its Members.”