Mike Webster, Director
Mike is passionate, some may say obsessive, about the role that better waste management has to play in global development.
He has worked for over 15 years in the waste and secondary resource sector, with frontline experience of planning, development and delivery of effective waste and recycling systems, both in the UK and worked internationally, including the South Pacific, Latin America and West Africa, working with a number of community-based organisations to deliver composting and recycling systems.
He has experience in both consultancy and the charitable sector, having co-founded NGO WasteAid UK and set up a training centre for waste livelihoods in The Gambia. He is also an experienced trainer, having developed numerous training courses around waste and recycling related topics around the world.
Zoë Lenkiewicz, Head of Communications
Zoë has worked as a professional waste manager for 14 years in campaigning, training and consultancy roles. Since 2009 she has worked internationally as an independent consultant, specialising in knowledge sharing to help tackle the global waste crisis.
She has an MSc on environmental challenges in developing country contexts, as well as experience in waste strategy development, waste collection and recycling, organic waste treatment technologies and residual waste treatment and disposal.
Zoë is an experienced trainer, facilitator and public speaker and has managed a number of community engagement and stakeholder consultations on recycling and sustainable resource management. Her passion lies in promoting waste management as a tool for improving people’s lives. Zoë writes regular blog posts on waste and development for WasteAid UK and at ZL Comms.
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).
Dr. Ljiljana Rodić-Wiersma, Associate
Ljiljana has worked at Netherlands universities teaching urban solid waste management in international Master programmes and capacity building activities in Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Balkans for over 20 years. She focuses on the interface between technology and society, and on awareness raising.
Taking a systemic approach, her research ranges from technical components of SWM systems to citizens’ willingness to segregate waste to development of SWM benchmark indicators, in Jamaica, Guatemala, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, India, Bangladesh, China, Albania, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain.
She was research coordinator for UN-Habitat’s Solid Waste Management in the World’s Cities (2010), and authored the chapter on Waste governance in UNEP’s Global Waste Management Outlook (2015).
Professor Margaret Bates, Associate
Margaret has worked in the sector for 28 years mainly in the university sector and she has an interest in all types of solid waste management. Her international experience has been mainly associated with e-waste management, having worked in Kenya and Nigeria helping develop e-waste legislation and delivering training for the informal sector. In Cote d’Ivoire, South Africa and Zambia Margaret has worked on e-waste (as part of an EU project) developing a toolkit for e-waste management. In Uganda she is working with Rotary International on a project to empower and assist town councils to change their general wastes management practices. Margaret has also, for several years, been advising the Caribbean island of St Marten on better ways of dealing with their waste, suggesting initiatives and alternatives to divert waste from their dump.
David Lerpiniere, Associate
David has over 18 years’ experience assisting international institutions, central and local government and the private sector, and has successfully delivered a wide range of solid waste management and resource efficiency projects in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, North and South America, and Asia. He has held senior roles with a number of major international consultancies and is an experienced technical advisor, team leader and project manager.
His areas of technical expertise include strategy and policy development, waste and recycling contract procurement, stakeholder engagement and facilitation, waste collection and recycling systems, organic waste treatment technologies, and residual waste treatment and disposal.
David is currently undertaking a part-time PhD with the University of Leeds investigating the full economic costs and benefits of waste management in emerging economies. The findings of some of his research on development finance in SWM were recently published under ISWA’s Waste and Globalisation Task Force.
Oliver Priestley-Leach, Associate
Oliver has 25 years’ experience in planning, establishing and managing environmental projects in the UK and overseas for NGOs and local government, including twelve years in waste and recycling. Particular experience with the community sector working in partnership with the public sector.
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.