New Chief Executive announced for IOM3

2 Aug 2018

Following the decision by Dr Bernie Rickinson to retire from his position as IOM3 Chief Executive at the end of 2018 (see News item), the Trustees of the Institute are pleased to announce that a recruitment process has been completed and a new Chief Executive identified. Dr Colin Church, currently Chief Executive of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM), has been appointed to the role. It is anticipated that Dr Church will take up the position towards the end of this year to ensure a smooth handover of responsibilities. Further details will be announced in due course.

Colin Church - biography

Dr Colin ChurchDr Church has been Chief Executive of CIWM, the professional body for resources and waste management, since 2016. He is also Chair of the Circular Economy Task Force, a business led group convened by Green Alliance that aims to lead policy discussions with ambitious business thinking, a Trustee of CHEM Trust, and has been a member of the Newcastle Waste Commission.

Previously, Colin was Director, Environmental Quality in the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). His responsibilities there included the Government’s policies on adaptation to a changing climate, air quality, chemicals, industrial pollution prevention, local environment quality, nanomaterials, noise, ozone depleting substances, pesticides, resource efficiency/waste and sustainable procurement. He was responsible for the Government’s support for waste infrastructure development, and led for Defra on climate change mitigation. He was also a non-executive director of WRAP, the waste reduction and resource efficiency body.

Dr Church also worked as Director, National Climate Change in the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) where he oversaw the setting of the fourth UK carbon budget, implementation of the second and negotiation of the third phase of the EU Emissions Trading System and introduction of the Carbon Reduction Commitment. He jointly led the successful effort in 2010-11 to reduce central Government carbon emissions by 10% in 12 months and was a non-executive director of the Carbon Trust, the carbon reduction and resource efficiency body.

In 2002-06 Colin led the UK team negotiating the revised EU chemicals regime (“REACH”), culminating in agreement to the common position under the UK Presidency in 2005. He also led the EU delegation in international chemicals negotiations during this time; oversaw the procurement of a new approach to tackling fuel poverty and created the holding company Nirex CLG to deal with long term radioactive waste management issues.

Across his 21-year civil service career, Colin worked on a range of other issues too, including readiness for and reaction to exotic animal disease outbreaks; two stints working in the Cabinet Office on better regulation; developing an EU network of telecommunications regulatory agencies whilst posted to Oftel; and a period in the Secretariat to the Council of Ministers of the EU.

Colin holds a PhD in organic chemistry from Imperial College London and is a Chartered Member of CIWM.

You can follow Colin on Twitter: @DrColinChurch