The Board of the British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA) has announced the appointment of Robert Fell (pictured) as its new chief executive, a newly created role within the Association.
Robert joins BMRA from the Ardagh Group, where his most recent post was as a senior Research and Development Manager. Robert has over 30 years’ experience in the metals industry and is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.
He is also currently serving as a director for the British Aerosols Manufacturers Association and as the acting chairman of the Metal Packaging Manufacturing Association.
Robert is replacing Ian Hetherington who has served as the BMRA’s director general for seven years and who is retiring from his full-time role at the end of the year.
Commenting on the appointment, Shane Mellor, President of the BMRA Board said: “We are delighted that Robert has agreed to take on the task of developing, shaping and delivering key messages that will highlight the metals recycling industry’s role in safeguarding the environment for future generations. As an industry, we have a great story to tell and I am pleased that he is eager to help us share that story more widely.
To complement Robert’s skills, the Board has appointed Howard Bluck, the BMRA’s current head of environment, as technical director.
“This appointment reflects Howard’s unmatched expertise across the environment and policies agendas and recognises his enormous contribution to the Association across the years,” BMRA said.
The Board thanked Ian for all his hard work at the helm of the Association. “Thanks to his dedication, members have been able to navigate one of the most challenging periods of the metal recycling industry’s history,” they said.
While Ian is stepping down from day-to-day involvement with the Association, he will continue to advise the Board on Europe and to represent the Association on the Board of the European Recycling Industries’ Confederation (EuRIC), the umbrella organisation for European Recycling Industries.