Managing Director of Eunomia Mike Brown has been nominated by his peers for the CIWM Sustainability and Resources Awards ‘Waste and Resources Leader of the Year’.
The awards, held by the Chartered Institute of Wastes Management (CIWM), are given for outstanding achievement in the sustainability, resource and waste industry. They are judged by experts from the sector and sponsored by organisations across the UK.
Mike started working in the waste and resources sector 30 years ago at the UK’s largest minerals company, Tarmac. At the time, the minerals sector was coming under sustained pressure to give access to their quarries for landfilling and so Mike’s role rapidly changed from that of a Geologist to Waste Manager. Mike focussed on the technical and development side of the sector next with the privately owned waste company, Terry Adams Limited before that was sold to Viridor in 1997 when he became the MD of the Cornwall Council owned waste company CES Ltd, which was sold in 2006 to Suez as part of the PFI deal in the county. It was this change that led Mike to go into partnership at Eunomia where he has spent the last 10 years growing the business across the waste hierarchy and across Europe.
Mike’s approach to the sector has been grounded in technical and commercial realities together with an understanding that more can be achieved through consensus than conflict. It is for this reason that he has stayed in the public debate on how the sector should adapt to global demands.
Mike responded to being short-listed by saying:
“It’s a genuine honour to receive this nomination by my peers. I’ve always felt a huge amount of allegiance and loyalty to this sector which never ceases to disappoint with the challenges it produces. Who’d have thought that what started as a sector led by a need to have a clean and sanitary place to live, would find itself right at the beating heart of the issues that will determine the type of planet future generations live on. Waste used to be local; now we have come to learn that everything we do with the resources we use has a global impact and it’s our job to adapt to that new normal.”
The winner of the award will be announced at the CIWM Sustainability and Resources Awards Luncheon, which will be held in London on 2nd November 2017.