Following presentations to the General Council meeting yesterday (1 April) CIWM trustees elected Prof Margaret Bates as the next Junior Vice President – she will take up her position in October this year and will become President in 2016.
In a very close ballot Margaret won the vote against Prof David Wilson.
Margaret has worked her way from lecturer to Professor at the University of Northampton and is presently the Chair of the Institution’s Scientific & Technical Committee.
Over many years as a lecturer, researcher and presenter at conferences she has developed an expertise in landfill, energy from waste, resource efficiency and more recently WEEE.
Among her achievements, Margaret has advised two African governments (Kenya and Nigeria) on the development of policy relating to wastes management and has delivered training on developing effective policy and regulation for several more (through the United Nations University).
“I hope to be able to raise the awareness of the positive sides of our industry showing that waste management is the solution not the problem”
Her work has featured on BBC Panorama, in the Guardian newspaper, Radio 4 You and Yours, Radio 4 World at One, The Sun, News of the World, Mail, Mail on Sunday as well as on local radio, television and newspapers.
“I hope to be able to raise the awareness of the positive sides of our industry showing that waste management is the solution not the problem,” Margaret said.
In her speech, she said: “I want to utilise this network to increase the profile and membership of CIWM, for example in areas such as electrical and electronic manufacture where waste and resource management has an increasingly high profile.
“Work in WEEE/ewaste has also evolved, showing the importance of effective policy and regulation and also highlighting the role that independent expertise can take. Our members need independent voices that represent them, and are seen to represent them.
CIWM is moving its approach from being reactive to proactive. CIWM is now setting the agenda rather than just responding to it…”