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 led the market and commercial due diligence work in relation to many of the high profile EfW transactions over the last decade.
Mike also leads Eunomia waste infrastructure supporting private operators and local authorities in identifying new waste facilities, supporting on site acquisition, designing the preferred option, before obtaining the necessary environmental permits and planning consents for the sites.
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 the head office of Tarmac, then the UK’s largest aggregates business. 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 as part of the Cornwall PFI contract. 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.