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New MD and Operations Director for Wastewise

New MD and Operations Director for Wastewise

BOB WILKES is taking on the leading role of Managing Director at Hull-based recycling and waste management firm Wastewise.

Taking over the role from James Landau, who moves to the position of Executive Chairman, Bob will be responsible for the strategy, planning and management of the business which currently operates across Yorkshire, Lancashire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire and Cheshire.

Bob has a long history with Wastewise, originally joining the family-owned firm in 2009 for a short time and coming back on board in 2017 to manage the rapid growth of the company in the role of Operations & Development Director. With many years of industry experience, and particular expertise in business development and regulation, Bob has much to bring to his new role.

Commenting on the new appointment, owner James Landau said: “Bob is the ideal candidate to step into my shoes and drive forward the next phase of our growth strategy. As a respected and well-liked member of the management team this is a natural next step.”

“I am delighted to take over the reins at Wastewise at what is an exciting time for the industry,” commented Bob. “As we continue to grow our business further, I look forward to the challenges and opportunities this will bring and to developing our knowledgeable and dedicated team.”

Stepping into the role of Operations Director left vacant by bob is Michael Wheatley.

Michael originally joined waste management specialist Wastewise in May 2020 when he took on the role of Senior Operations & Compliance Manager. A major part of this role was ensuring compliance with health, safety and environmental legislation across the three Wastewise operating sites.

Prior to this, Michael has a long history in managerial operations roles with large UK companies, managing and developing multiple site locations, working to implement progressive safety improvement objectives whilst leading on contract negotiations.

In his new role, he will be responsible for the safe, efficient and profitable running of the sites across the Wastewise group, focusing on closer coordination in the sharing of capacity, facilities, staff and product distribution to maximise output. He will also be championing a more unified company staffing approach and extensive in-house training programmes to support safer working practice.

“I am delighted to take on this new role, “states Michael, “with plans to consolidate the already high standards set in Safety, Environmental, and Quality output that I’ve worked on since 2020. I have an ongoing programme of plant and capital investment that I am committed to and will support the board in its ambitious five-year development strategy.”

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