Chair of LARAC, Joy Blizzard announced yesterday (6 Jan) that she is standing down from the organisation after 10 years.
Joy has been involved with LARAC for over a decade as South West Rep, Communications Officer and then Chair. Her highlights for the organisation included many TV and Radio appearances when waste and recycling became controversial, being No1 in the Hot 100, but more seriously, ensuring that LARAC was represented in meetings with government ministers, revamping the LARAC conference and getting LARAC involved at a European level.
She said: “I was due to finish as chair at the end of January, but a secondment opportunity has come up and therefore I will be standing down as chair and resigning from the executive today.
“It has been a privilege to represent recycling officers across the UK and to have been involved with LARAC for the last 10 years. However, I’m looking forward to having my weekends and evenings back, and also to taking my head below the parapet. I have worked with some fantastic people over the last few years and I will miss them… but now it’s time for a change”.
Joy Blizzard – “It has been a privilege to represent recycling officers across the UK and to have been involved with LARAC for the last 10 years. However, I’m looking forward to having my weekends and evenings back, and also to taking my head below the parapet… but now it’s time for a change”
Nominations are currently being sought for a new Chair and an announcement will be made shortly.
vice-chair Andrew Bird said: “I want to thank Joy for all the help and support she has provided to LARAC and its members over the last five years, as chair, and from a personal point the guidance she has provided to me as an Exec member. Joy has shown real enthusiasm and energy in supporting LARAC’s members and shaping the organisation in being more sustainable moving forward, in these difficult economic times. Joy will be a hard act to follow for the person who succeeds her, and I wish her all the best for the future.”
Fellow vice-chair, Mark Foxall, added the following words in recognition of Joy’s long-standing contribution to LARAC; “On behalf of the LARAC Executive and wider Membership I wish to sincerely thank Joy for her outstanding contribution to LARAC over the last decade and more generally to the local authority recycling sector.
“Having worked alongside Joy for many years I know first hand the dedication and commitment she has given to LARAC, the result of which has seen the organisation mature and prosper and come to be recognised and respected within the waste industry. I wish to take the opportunity to wish Joy a well deserved rest from her LARAC duties and all the very best for the future.”