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David Palmer-Jones

David Palmer-Jones

Chief Executive Officer

David Palmer-Jones became Chief Executive Officer of SUEZ recycling and recovery UK (formerly SITA UK) in October 2008. Prior to rejoining SUEZ recycling and recovery UK in 2006, where he began his career, David spent 12 years working in Europe for both SUEZ in Sweden and France. David was Chief Executive Officer of SITA Scandinavia from 2003 to 2006.

David has transformed the way the company views the management of waste for its customers, moving towards a resource efficiency and recycling-led approach.

Until June 2017, David was also the President of the European Federation of Waste Management (FEAD).

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Stuart Hayward-Higham

Development Director

Stuart Hayward-Higham is Technical Development Director at SUEZ recycling and recovery UK. Stuart is currently responsible for non-bidding emerging development activities in SUEZ recycling and recovery UK, delivering tools, techniques and information to meet customers’ business imperatives. This includes delivering new solutions or making successful niche activities mainstream through to market intelligence, market modelling and forecasting.

Main activity themes for Stuart include harnessing waste as a resource, energy and bio-fuels manufacture, sorting, extraction and value enhancement for waste mix resources and the increasing introduction of circular economy based products and solutions.

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Dr Adam Read

Dr Adam Read

External Affairs Director

Dr Adam Read joined SUEZ recycling and recovery UK as External Affairs Director in September 2017. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the waste sector as an academic, researcher, local authority officer and consultant. Adam is currently responsible for government liaison and working with UK and international trade bodies in the sector, sitting on a number of technical working groups with the ESA, CIWM and FEAD. In his previous role as a consultant, Adam supported local authorities (and their service providers) in reviewing their services, procuring solutions and considering alternative partnering models. Adam is a communications expert, a regular contributor to trade journals, and a well-known conference speaker and workshop facilitator.

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Dr Tracey Leghorn

Dr Tracey Leghorn

Human Resources Director

Tracey joined SUEZ recycling and recovery UK’s executive committee in 2018. Her human resources career extends over 20 years in the public and private sectors across a range of industries, most recently as a People and Organisation Consultant with the world’s largest professional service organisation, PwC. Tracey has extensive experience in improving organisational performance, achieving sustainable growth, and in the design and implementation of large-scale transformational change. Tracey is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and her academic credentials include a Master of Laws degree and Doctorate from the University of Leicester where she undertook research in the area of ‘Women and Work’.

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Sarah Ottaway

Sarah Ottaway

Sustainability and Social Value Lead

Sarah Ottaway became SUEZ recycling and recovery UK’s Sustainability and Social Value Lead in 2019, after 12 years of delivering various programmes related to service enhancement, innovation and behaviour change in SUEZ’s public sector operations. In 2018, Sarah was included in letsrecycle.com’s 35 under 35 “young guns” due to her efforts having a notable impact in the resources sector.

Sarah is currently responsible for developing the sustainability of SUEZ’s services and leading the continual improvement of its social value impact, while utilising her experiences to support SUEZ’s policy and circular economy activities.

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