Mike has a track record of bringing focused and consistent leadership in the energy and waste sectors, and of transforming technically and politically complex business challenges through the ability to apply commercial skills and set clear direction.
Mike has a detailed understanding of the interaction between the public and private sectors, which, together with his ability to ‘master-plan’, makes him a successful deliverer of complex projects spanning social, economic and environmental disciplines.
Mike, who leads on Eunomia’s commercial portfolio, has recently directed commercial due diligence work for various confidential private sector clients seeking a competitive advantage in the waste and energy sectors. As well as advising on technical and market condition disciplines, he also leads on contractual negotiations and execution often acting as lead interface between client and legal teams.
Recent work includes bringing together multiple commercial stakeholders into the UK RDF Export Group for which Eunomia acts as Secretariat. He has also facilitated a multi-national joint venture partnership on Carbon Capture and Storage and directed the planning application of a 1,852MW clean-coal power station, as well as creating a partnership between a developer and waste operator resulting in the investment in up to 6 EfW sites and facilities.
Mike also recently developed the business cases for a number of Local Authorities seeking new waste facilities, taking one project through investment decision to site acquisition and consenting. For a private sector waste collector, Mike has been lead commercial negotiator on delivering land and site acquisition, and third party service level agreements.
Mike was lead advisor to Defra’s £30m New Technologies Demonstrator Programme from inception in 2003 to close down in 2010, and was the founder Chairman of the then DTI and devolved administrations endorsed National Resource and Waste Forum.
Mike, a Master of Hydrogeology, started his career in 1987 as a geologist at Tarmac’s then head office in Ettingshall. In 1991 he moved from mineral extraction to landfill with the privately owned Terry Adams Ltd, where in 1997 he was part of the development team that acquired the closed open-coast coal portfolio from the Coal Authority and then prepared the company for sale to Viridor.
For the next decade, Mike worked at CES Limited, becoming Managing Director of the Cornwall County Council owned £20m turnover waste company culminating in the sale of CES to SITA in 2006. For the past 12 years, Mike has been an owner-Director of Eunomia Research & Consulting Ltd, where he now leads the executive team as MD. Mike’s over 30 years experience in the sector is principally as an operator from which he derives his commercial expertise.