Mike Webster, Chief Executive
Founder of award-winning charity WasteAid UK, Mike was voted in 2017 as the top waste and resource influencer in the UK by his peers.
He has worked for over 17 years within the waste and resources sector in the UK and internationally, and has developed and grown not-for-profit consultancy, charity and ethical business and networking organisations.
Mike is an accomplished waste business development specialist, having developed solid waste business and supported entrepreneurs, and consulted on and trained extensively within this area.
His overseas work includes the South Pacific, Latin America and eight sub-Saharan African countries, managing ground-breaking projects delivering waste livelihoods, community waste management and research. He holds an MSc in Environmental Economics.
Zoë Lenkiewicz, Head of Programmes and Engagement
Growing WasteAid from the ground up, Zoë combines technical and creative skills with strategic waste management expertise. A professional waste manager since 2002, Zoë has led municipal waste and recycling programmes, research studies, campaigns and consultations, workshops and training courses for government, practitioners, and community groups in the UK and in lower-income countries.
Zoë was the chief author of the award-winning WasteAid toolkit Making Waste Work, and works with communities worldwide to deliver genuinely sustainable waste management.
At WasteAid, Zoë is a driving force in the movement to attract international attention to the power of waste management for global development. Her cross-sector experience enables diverse stakeholders to make progress towards common goals.
Zoë has a BSc (hons) in Environmental Biology and an MSc in Environment and Development.
Professor David C Wilson MBE, Patron
Independent Waste and Resource Management Consultant and Visiting Professor at Imperial College London
Over nearly 40 years, David Wilson’s work as an international consultant has been split roughly 50:50 between Western Europe and emerging economies. A common theme has been advising cities and governments to identify and take the next appropriate steps in developing their own sustainable waste and resource management systems. He has worked on municipal solid wastes and on hazardous wastes; on broad national and city-wide waste management strategies; and on more specific topics ranging from behaviour change for waste prevention, to informal sector recycling in developing countries, to evidence based policy making.
Professor Wilson was awarded an MBE in 2006 ‘for services to waste management in the UK and Europe’, and has won a number of prestigious professional awards. He is a prolific author whose publications include UNEP’s inaugural Global Waste Management Outlook (2015); UN-Habitat’s Solid Waste Management in the World’s Cities (2010); and the World Bank’s Strategic Planning Guide for Municipal Solid Waste Management (2001). He is the current Junior Vice President of the UK Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM).
Pierre Kamsouloum, Associate
As a self-made entrepreneur, he runs his own paver manufacturing business and he has direct experience of developing and building recycling businesses.
Isatou Ceesay, Associate
She has been at the forefront of approaches that use waste reprocessing livelihoods for marginalised groups, notably youth and women, and has worked in Senegal and Ghana as well as numerous projects in The Gambia. WIG use waste recycling as an entry point for the poor to learn business development skills, save and access mainstream financial services.
Jill Matthews, Associate
Jill recognises that waste reduction and better waste management are urgently needed worldwide to prevent the reckless pollution of the air, water and land. Jill encountered WasteAid while developing a community waste management project in Kenya, adjacent to a protected wildlife area. She is committed to WasteAid’s vision for a network of community waste management centres where waste is treated as a resource to generate income, not simply rubbish to throw away and pollute our environment.
David Leeke, IT Manager & Project Support
David is working on the application of data to community waste management, using evidence gathering and analysis of technologies, systems and user interfaces. He is also responsible for maintaining the WasteAid Australia website, enabling the two sister charities to move forward hand-in-hand.
Leanne Trow, Volunteer Coordinator
Leanne works at Frith Resource Management, an independent waste management consultancy where she works on UK and international projects. FRM are keen supporters of WasteAid and actively raise funds and promote WasteAid’s vision. Leanne’s professional expertise lies in waste and resource management, local government waste collection, and waste treatment technologies. She has a BSc in Environmental Geoscience and is a graduate member of CIWM.
Professor Margaret Bates, Associate
Cath Wilson, Associate
Since 2011 Cath has worked in Zero Waste Scotland’s Litter & Flytipping team. She is very excited that some of the issues she deals with on a daily basis are now gaining a huge amount of interest due to the recent surge in interest in global marine litter issues, a growing appetite for extended producer responsibility and the commitment to a deposit return system for Scotland.
Oliver Priestley-Leach, Associate
Career highlights include: 2 years at Freetown City Council, Sierra Leone focused on street cleansing with youth groups and local delivery teams; 18 months with Oxfam, Georgia on a public health programme for displaced people working in partnership with local authority to deliver services; Operational management of community recycling business in Wales working with volunteers and offenders to deliver recycling services to 50,000 households and businesses; Local government adviser to 35+ local authorities on improving the performance of their recycling and waste services; Waste Strategy development and implementation for UK Local Authority of 38,000 households.
Other overseas development experience: Jordan, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Israel, Uganda.
Ed Cook, Associate
Internationally Ed has worked on projects in Mexico and Azad-Kashmir. Recently he has assisted WasteAid UK and the CIWM with the development of their guidance into waste technologies for low- and middle-income countries.
Other areas of expertise include the development of technology for waste valorisation; municipal and commercial waste data analysis; motivational training; developing reuse in household waste recycling centres; and sustainable events waste management. Ed also works as a health and safety advisor which involves the development of safe systems of work for a wide range of activities within the waste industry.
Victoria Hutchin, Associate
Victoria is an award winning Chartered Waste Manager and Chartered Environmentalist with 11 years’ experience in waste management. Victoria has worked for both the public and private sectors in the UK, as a local authority officer, as Waste and Resource Manager for a waste collection and processing contractor and as a consultant. Whilst Victoria’s experience is largely UK-focussed, supporting local authorities and their contractors in reviewing and procuring collection and disposal services, she has also worked on international projects for Brazil, Saudi Arabia and South Africa.
Victoria has presented on waste topics both nationally and internationally and is a respected author of industry journal articles on a range of core waste issues including, plastics, procurement, collection systems, MRF operations, Brexit and waste legislation.
If you have experience in waste management in lower- and middle-income countries, particularly small-scale recycling and social enterprise projects and would like to work with WasteAid, drop us a line!
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Waste Aid in Australia works with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island (ATSI) communities to create sustainable solutions to inadequate waste management in disadvantaged communities. Waste Aid Australia assists ATSI partners to leverage their own skills and expertise to manage environmental problems on their own land. Find out more at wasteaid.org.au