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Board and executive

The non-executive directors, all of whom the Company regard as independent, bring considerable international experience to the Board across a number of sectors. They play a full role in constructively challenging and developing strategic proposals, as well as chairing and being members of Board committees. The executive directors implement Board strategy, most recently having reorganised the Group divisional structure to align operating businesses more closely with customers, to deliver synergies and accelerate growth.

The Board
Colin Matthews
Colin Matthews, CBE, FREng Chairman

Skills and experience: Colin currently chairs Highways England Company Limited, formerly the Highways Agency. In his executive career he has been Chief Executive Officer of Heathrow Airport, Hays plc and Severn Trent plc. He has also been Managing Director of Transco and Engineering Director of British Airways. Earlier he worked in the motor industry in Japan and the UK, in strategy consulting and for General Electric in the UK, France and Canada. He has also served as a Non-Executive Director for Mondi plc and Severn Trent plc. Colin is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and was awarded the CBE in 2014 for his services to aviation. Colin is a Non-Executive Director of Johnson Matthey Plc.
Colin is considered by the Board to be Independent.

Peter Dilnot
Peter Dilnot, B.Eng Chief Executive Officer

Skills and experience: Prior to joining Renewi, Peter was a senior executive at Danaher Corporation, a leading global industrial business listed on the NYSE. He held a number of progressive general management roles including President Danaher Middle East, Group President Emerging Markets, and President EMEA and Asia of its Gilbarco Veeder-Root subsidiary. Before Danaher, Peter spent seven years at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in London and Chicago, working with industrial and pharmaceutical clients and was a leader in BCG’s global Sales & Marketing Practice. Peter’s earlier career, after graduating from RMA Sandhurst, was spent as an officer in the British Armed Forces. He originally trained as an Army helicopter pilot and saw active service with both NATO and the UN.

Toby Woolrych
Toby Woolrych, MA, ACA Chief Financial Officer

Skills and experience: Toby began his career at Arthur Andersen where he qualified as a chartered accountant before becoming Finance Director of Medicom International Ltd, a medical publishing company, in 1992. He joined Johnson Matthey plc as Corporate Development Manager in 1997, going on to become Divisional Finance Director and then Managing Director of one of Johnson Matthey’s global speciality chemicals business units. From 2005 to 2008, he was the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer at Acta SpA, a renewable energy company, before joining Consort Medical plc as Group Finance Director.

Jacques Petry
Jacques Petry, MBA Non-executive Director

Skills and experience: Jacques is currently Chairman of energy provider Albioma, having held the position of both Chairman and CEO until June 2016. He was Chairman and Chief Executive of SITA and its parent company, Suez Environnement. In 2005 he was appointed Chief Executive of Sodexo Continental Europe and South America. Since 2007 he has advised corporate and financial sponsors, specialising in Infrastructure and Environmental Services investments worldwide. He has extensive international non-executive and executive experience.
Jacques is considered by the Board to be Independent.

Marina Wyatt
Marina Wyatt, MA, FCA Non-executive Director

Skills and experience: Marina is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and is currently the Chief Financial Officer at UBM plc. Following nine years with Arthur Andersen in London and the US, she then joined Psion plc as its Group Controller and became Group Finance Director in 1996. In 2002 she was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Colt Telecom plc and joined TomTom as its Chief Financial Officer in September 2005, where she remained until taking up her current position at UBM plc in September 2015. Marina is a Member of the Supervisory Board at Lucas Bols N.V.
Marina is considered by the Board to be Independent.

Allard Castelein
Allard Castelein Non-executive Director

Skills and experience: Allard currently holds the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Rotterdam, having been appointed in 2014. He initially qualified as a medical doctor before pursuing a career in the Energy sector, holding a number of senior positions at Shell. Over more than 25 years he amassed extensive experience within the industry, culminating in becoming the Vice President Environment for Royal Dutch Shell in 2009. Allard also holds a number of Supervisory Board positions including those at Isala Klinieken, Rotterdam Partners, Sohar Industrial Port Company and the Ronald McDonald House Sophia Rotterdam. He is also a senior member of a number of Dutch trade organisations including Logistiek Nederland, Economische Programmaraad Zuidvleugel and the General Council of the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers.
Allard is considered by the Board to be independent.

Executive Team
Peter Dilnot
Peter Dilnot, B.Eng Chief Executive Officer

Skills and experience: Prior to joining Renewi, Peter was a senior executive at Danaher Corporation, a leading global industrial business listed on the NYSE. He held a number of progressive general management roles including President Danaher Middle East, Group President Emerging Markets, and President EMEA and Asia of its Gilbarco Veeder-Root subsidiary. Before Danaher, Peter spent seven years at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in London and Chicago, working with industrial and pharmaceutical clients and was a leader in BCG’s global Sales & Marketing Practice. Peter’s earlier career, after graduating from RMA Sandhurst, was spent as an officer in the British Armed Forces. He originally trained as an Army helicopter pilot and saw active service with both NATO and the UN.

Toby Woolrych
Toby Woolrych, MA, ACA Chief Financial Officer

Skills and experience: Toby began his career at Arthur Andersen where he qualified as a chartered accountant before becoming Finance Director of Medicom International Ltd, a medical publishing company, in 1992. He joined Johnson Matthey plc as Corporate Development Manager in 1997, going on to become Divisional Finance Director and then Managing Director of one of Johnson Matthey’s global speciality chemicals business units. From 2005 to 2008, he was the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer at Acta SpA, a renewable energy company, before joining Consort Medical plc as Group Finance Director.

Otto de Bont Managing Director, Netherlands Commercial

Skills and experience: Otto was appointed as Managing Director for Renewi's Netherlands Commercial Division, and as a member of the Executive Committee, in May 2017. Prior to his appointment at Renewi, Otto worked for a number of blue-chip companies including United Technologies and the Plastics and Security divisions of General Electric. Most recently, he spent six years at United Technologies in various managerial positions culminating in his role as President of the Fire & Security Field Continental Europe.

Wim Geens Managing Director, Belgium Commercial

Skills and experience: Wim was appointed as Director Belgium, Luxemburg and France at Van Gansewinkel (VGG) in May 2015. He was appointed to the VGG Executive Committee in November 2012. Wim has been working for VGG since 2006. He started within operations and became Group Director Operations/Real Estate/Procurement in 2009. Prior to his appointment at VGG, Wim was a Director within Carrefour NV, a French retail group. Before that, Wim was a Board member and Executive Director in several Industries and has an MBA and several Masters in commercial and financial sciences.

Jonny Kappen
Jonny Kappen Managing Director, Hazardous Waste

Skills and experience: Jonny has been working for Shanks since 2000 when Shanks took over operations from WMI. He was later appointed Managing Director of Shanks Netherland's Hazardous Waste Division in 2007. Jonny started his career as a civil engineer working for Reym in 1979 as a field engineer and he was promoted firstly to Operations Director in 1994 and then to Managing Director in 1997. Jonny is also Chairman of the Industrial Cleaning Foundation – a Benelux Safety Foundation.

James Priestley
James Priestley Managing Director - Municipal

Skills and experience: James was appointed as Managing Director of the Municipal Division and to the Executive Committee in November 2016. He has a wide range of experience running and improving businesses in Europe and America. Prior to joining Shanks he was interim President Americas for Britax Child Safety and before this President Europe for RGIS, an inventory services company owned by Blackstone. After starting his career at ICI he moved on to gain extensive management experience at Ford, British Airways and Tesco and consulting with Alix Partners. He has a degree in Chemical Engineering and an MBA.

Bas Blom Managing Director, Monostreams & Group Continuous Improvement Director

Skills and experience: Bas is an experienced executive leader of regional and global commercial Business to Business organisations, business process re-engineering projects and P&L business units, including manufacturing operations and joint-ventures, strategic business development and M&A. He worked 26 years for General Electric Plastics and its successor after acquisition: SABIC Innovative Plastics, a division of the large global chemicals corporation. Bas holds an MSc in Aerospace Engineering and an MBA.

George Slade
George Slade Group IT Director

Skills and experience: George joined Shanks as Group IT Director in 2013 to focus on improving the Group’s IT landscape and developing technology to support and grow the business. In his time at Shanks, he has lead a number of key projects across the business including Commercial Effectiveness and the implementation of a Group-wide collaboration platform. George has a wide range of experience in strategy, M&A, technology, restructuring, process re-engineering and innovation in his years working for a number of blue-chip companies. He has previously held a number of executive positions at IMI plc, BGL Group, Cable and Wireless, Ericsson and Level(3).

Patrick Deprez Group Product Sales Director

Skills and experience: Patrick joined Van Gansewinkel (VGG) in 1998 and was the Regional Director for West Belgium until 2002 when he was appointed as Group SHEQ and Technical Development Director. During this period he was responsible for leading several quality and safety improvement programs. Since 2006, Patrick has managed the strategic waste outlet portfolio for VGG and in 2012 was appointed as a member of the VGG Executive Committee. Patrick has a wide range of experience in waste management, recycling, sustainability and CSR. Before joining VGG, he was the head of the waste division at B&P Sobry NV for almost 10 year. Patrick has a degree in Environmental Management.

Geert Glimmerveen Group Integration Director

Skills and experience: Geert joined Van Gansewinkel (VGG) in May 2015 as the Managing Director Waste Collection Netherlands. Geert began his career in 1984 as a consultant at McKinsey & Company. Before he joined VGG Geert held a range of executive positions in large businesses and organisations ranging from truck manufacturing, health management, energy and most recently was a partner of a midsized private equity firm. Geert has a Masters degree in Economics.

Francis Schröder HR Director

Skills and experience: Francis has extensive HR leadership experience from leading global organisations including FedEx International, TNT, TP Vision and Philips. She holds Masters degrees in Change Management from Vrije Universiteit and in Psychological and Social Science from the University of Amsterdam. She has significant integration experience from the merger between FedEx and TNT.