Changes to Recycling Lives Board mark new era of growth and investment

It’s all change at Recycling Lives as the organisation says farewell to its former Managing Director and welcomes three of its current staff members to exciting and challenging new roles on the company’s Board of Directors.

Leaving Recycling Lives for pastures new is our former Managing Director, Michael Crowe. A trusted, long-term colleague, Michael played an instrumental role in the shaping and development of the organisation. He leaves the company to begin a new venture, offering financial consulting and support services to businesses through YourFinanceDirector.co.uk.

Commenting on his departure, Michael said:

“I’ve greatly enjoyed my time at Recycling Lives, and have been rewarded by seeing it flourish from a new concept with a broad plan to a fully functioning company and charity that’s capable of great things.”

“The Board of Directors now assembled is a highly skilled one with a breadth of knowledge and approaches. The combination of skills now present will see the company into its next phase of growth and development – one that will undoubtedly bring further success.”

Steven Jackson OBE, Recycling Lives’ CEO and founder echoed these sentiments, saying:

“I remember speaking to Michael about my initial thoughts on the Recycling Lives model; I asked him for his support in establishing the organisation and proving its worth to others.”

“It’s hard to imagine how this could have been a more difficult task post 2008, yet the fact that Recycling Lives is now a widely commended brand just goes to demonstrate the level of tenacity Michael possesses. He is always appreciated by me and I will miss working with him; he leaves us with our very best wishes for his future endeavours.”

As Michael steps down as Recycling Lives’ Managing Director, the organisation’s former Commercial Director steps up to the plate. William Fletcher, who joined Recycling Lives in May 2013, has already made his mark through working effectively with the rest of the board to implement our strategic plan.

As new Managing Director, William will be working with the rest of the Board to identify valuable opportunities for sustainable growth, exploring areas of potential investment while closely monitoring job viability.

Joining William as a new addition to Recycling Lives’ Board of Directors is Peter Kelly, who takes on the role of Finance Director and will be responsible for overseeing financial planning and control. Peter joined Recycling Lives in July 2013, and quickly impressed the board with his skill in highlighting cost savings and leading on strategic finance decisions.

Also taking on an increased role with the Board is Recycling Lives’ long-term Operations Director, Alasdair Jackson, who has been with the organisation since 2003. Since then, Alasdair has acquired a wealth of operational experience, offering sound guidance both on the day-to-day waste management and recycling operations, and on vital commercial development opportunities.

Crucially, all three of the new appointments have demonstrated unfailing commitment to implementing the ethics of Recycling Lives as a landmark social business, something that has not gone unnoticed by Steve Jackson, who commented:

“As Recycling Lives enters a new era of top tier materials recycling and depot expansion, I’m very pleased that the professionalism, ethics and social impact we hold so highly are considered essential by our new highly motivated board members.”

“Recycling Lives is a social business and, as such, we work hard to demonstrate the very real benefits of embedding social and environmental responsibility within commercial operations. It seems fitting, then, that our new board members embody this same ethos, and bring not only a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table, but a commitment to sustainability. William, Peter and Alasdair all have my warmest welcome.”