Former Defra civil servant Colin Church is to take over from Steve Lee as the chief executive of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM).
Until earlier this year, he was the director of environmental quality at Defra.
During his time there he was responsible for government policy on issues including climate change adaptation, air quality, industrial pollution prevention, local environment quality, resource efficiency and waste, and sustainable procurement.
He also managed the Government’s support for waste infrastructure development and was a non-executive director of WRAP.
Colin Church said: “I am delighted to be taking on the role of CIWM chief executive, and I look forward to building on Steve Lee’s success in positioning the Institution as an informed and influential professional body.
“CIWM Members, and the waste and resource management sector as a whole, need strong professional standards to help ensure the sector delivers in both its key roles: protection of human health and the environment, and the sustainable economic development so important to us all.
“CIWM will also continue to provide a respected source of thinking and advice for all our UK governments based on the expertise of its Members.”
He will take up his new role in mid-October with a handover period before Steve Lee leaves at the end of October.