May 2016

Guest Speaker Announced at Eunomia and Burges Salmon Municipal Waste Contracting Event

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John Hays, Commercial Director at environmental service provider Ubico, will be offering a valuable insight into setting up a ‘Teckal’ company, during the free, one-day conference ‘Municipal waste contracts: getting the service you need’.

Drawing upon experience at Ubico and with a number of local authorities, John will be discussing the drivers for remunicipalisation of waste services, the process of setting up a local authority company, and the advantages and the pitfalls to be avoided.

Ubico provides a range of environmental services including waste collection, recycling, and street cleansing across six local authorities. The company has been set up to provide a more efficient and cost effective service by streamlining waste collections.

Ahead of the event, John said;

“Ubico is a good example of a successful Teckal company that has delivered significant savings and service benefits to its local authority owners. I’m looking forward to sharing the benefit of our experience with other authorities – both the good and the not so good.”

Eunomia Research & Consulting Director Joe Papineschi added:

“We are excited to have John as part of our afternoon seminar sessions. John brings a wealth of experience and insight into dealing with the complex issues relating to local authority companies, knowledge that will be invaluable to other local authorities looking at this method of service delivery.”

The joint event hosted by environmental consultants Eunomia and independent UK law firm Burges Salmon will be held at the Burges Salmon’s London office on Thursday 19th May. The first half of the day will offer individual pre-booked clinics, before an afternoon of seminars delivered by legal and technical experts.

Nick Churchward, a partner at Burges Salmon and head of the firm’s Resource and Waste Management team, said:

“We are pleased to be able to announce John from Ubico as our guest speaker. His practical insight into setting up and operating a Teckal company to deliver services for local authorities will really add value to those attending the event.”

Seminars will cover a range of topics including:

  • What are your commissioning options and how can you design an effective procurement process?
  • What are the different contracting models and approaches available to you and how can you build risk apportionment and flexibility into your contract?
  • How can you design contractual mechanisms that ensure successful contract performance?
  • How to manage contractual disputes – understanding yours and your contractor’s priorities and rights to get a good commercial outcome.

There will be an expert panel discussion followed by light refreshments to complete the conference.

To view the full programme and express your interest in attending, please complete the online registration form.