WasteAid heralds new decade of action fighting poverty, pollution and climate change with expansion plans and team development. 

Following our recent strategic review, confirmed by our Board at a meeting on 15th January 2020, WasteAid, the international waste management charity, today announces a series of team development changes and expansion plans that will set a strong course for the charity’s development in the next decade.

Chief Executive Mike Webster, one of the founding signatories of the charity, will be transitioning into a new strategic role that retains his expertise in the charity while allowing him to better balance family and other professional commitments later in the year.  This will take place after the recruitment of a new Chief Executive, the process for which commences this week.  The new Chief Executive will steer WasteAid through a significant period of growth for the charity, building on the past three years which have seen WasteAid’s impact on the livelihoods and local environment of many communities in low-income countries increase, as our turnover has increased from £50,000 in 2017 and £120,000 in 2018 to £330,000 in 2019.

Fellow founding signatory and Trustee Ray Georgeson has temporarily stepped down from the Board to provide management support to the charity on a part-time basis for a few months and is leading on the Chief Executive recruitment.

In parallel, the Board has been strengthened by the addition of a new Trustee, well-known recycling industry entrepreneur and philanthropist Dr Jonathan Straight.  Jonathan provides the Board with a depth of business experience combined with strong strategic vision and a track record of business expansion which will prove invaluable in the coming years.

Chair of WasteAid, Sarahjane Widdowson said:

“We are entering an exciting period of rapid growth for WasteAid, as demand for our community-led solutions to poor waste management in low-income countries increases.  Our capacity to respond to this demand is increasing, and the structural changes we are making reflect that.”

“The Board of Trustees is indebted to Mike Webster for his tireless commitment to WasteAid.  He has made an immeasurable contribution from the very early days and the fact that we are where we are today is testament to that contribution.  We are delighted to have developed a good way of ensuring the energy, skill and passion Mike has for tackling the challenge of poor waste management in low-income countries stays with WasteAid as we grow our management capacity for the next vital phase of development.”

“The Board is also delighted to welcome Jonathan Straight as a Trustee.  He will bring his inestimable track record of business growth and strong experience of managing change to the Board in this important year of growth.  Jonathan shares our passion and sense of urgency we have to increase our ability to make a positive difference to tackling the Climate Emergency through good waste management and recycling.”

Recruitment for the new Chief Executive role commences this week, and further details are available here.




  1. WasteAid shares waste management and recycling skills in the world’s poorest places. One in three people worldwide have no choice other than to dump or burn their waste because no basic waste management service exists.  This causes the spread of disease, polluting the oceans and adding to the climate crisis.  Together with our partners, we make useful products from waste to build a cleaner and healthier future.  More information at wasteaid.org
  1. Dr Jonathan Straight is a noted entrepreneur, philanthropist and serial non-executive director. He brings a depth of business and charity experience, and since exiting from his highly successful recycling equipment supply business Straight in 2014 upon sale to Irish company One51 plc, Jonathan has developed a portfolio of business and philanthropic interests as well as establishing himself as a street photographer and media broadcaster.  More information on Twitter at @planetstraight
  1. Ray Georgeson recently stepped down as Chief Executive of the Resource Association. He manages his RGR resources and management consultancy from Otley, Yorkshire and maintains a non-executive portfolio.  He is working for WasteAid part time as Interim Executive Support, leading on recruitment and supporting Mike Webster and Zoë Lenkiewicz on management tasks.  More information on raygeorgesonresources.com
  1. WasteAid projects for 2020 include delivery of training courses in community waste management in The Gambia, Ghana, Kenya and Malawi, with projects in the pipeline for Indonesia, Haiti and Tanzania. Our funding support has come from UKAid, Biffa and many individual donors and fundraising efforts. More information on recent projects available from Head of Programmes and Engagement Zoë Lenkiewicz at zoe@wasteaid.org



Ray Georgeson, WasteAid Interim Executive Support on 07711 069433 or ray.georgeson@wasteaid.org

Sarahjane Widdowson, WasteAid Chair on 07817 206781 or Sarahjane@intelisos.co.uk

Mike Webster, WasteAid Chief Executive on 01233 877273 or mike.webster@wasteaid.org

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