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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


Ben Verwaayen, MSC

Chairman

Appointed: April 2020. He is also Chairman of the Nomination Committee.

Skills and experience: Ben Verwaayen has been CEO of a number of companies, including Alcatel-Lucent SA and BT plc. He held the position of Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of Lucent Technologies Inc, was President of KPN Telecom and a Non-Executive Director of Bharti Airtel. He has also been Chairman of a number of companies and industry bodies including the CBI Energy and Climate Change Board in the UK. Ben currently serves as a Non-Executive Director on the Boards of OFCOM, Akamai Technologies Inc and Akzo Nobel NV. He is a Founding Partner at venture capital company, Keen Venture Partners LLP. Ben graduated from the University of Utrecht with a Master's degree in law and international politics.
Ben is considered by the Board to be independent.


Allard Castelein, MD

Senior Independent Director

Appointed: January 2017 and appointed Senior Independent Director in September 2019. He is also a member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committees.

Skills and experience: Allard is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Rotterdam, having been appointed in 2014. He qualified as a medical doctor before pursuing an international career in the Energy sector, holding a number of senior positions at Shell in various countries, culminating in becoming the Vice President Environment of Royal Dutch Shell in 2009. Allard also holds a number of Supervisory Board positions including those at Isala Hospitals, Rotterdam Partners, Sohar Industrial Port Company and the Ronald McDonald House Sophia Rotterdam. He is a senior member of several Dutch trade organisations including the Economic Board of Zuid Holland and the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers.
Allard is considered by the Board to be independent.


Marina Wyatt, MA, FCA

Non-Executive Director

Appointed: April 2013. Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Nomination Committee.

Skills and experience: Marina currently holds the position of Chief Financial Officer of the Associated British Ports Group. She is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. 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. In September 2015 she was appointed Chief Financial Officer of UBM plc where she remained until UBM plc’s takeover by Informa plc in June 2018. Marina is a Member of the Supervisory Board at Lucas Bols N.V.
Marina is considered by the Board to be Independent.


Jolande Sap, MSC

Non-Executive Director

Appointed: April 2018. She is also a member of the Audit Committee.

Skills and experience: Between 2008 and 2012, Jolande represented the Green Party, GroenLinks, in the lower house of the Dutch parliament, leading the party from 2010.  Before that she worked as an economist in the fields of science, policy and business. Between 1996 and 2003 Jolande worked at the Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment and amongst other responsibilities headed the Incomes Policy Department, before being appointed a director of LEEFtijd, a consultancy for sustainable employment issues, until 2008. Jolande is currently on the Board of the Netherlands National Green Fund, a member of the Supervisory Boards of KPMG (Netherlands), Royal KPN N.V. and the Springtij Forum. She chairs the Supervisory Boards of the Netherlands Public Health Federation, Arkin a mental health care institution, Fairtrade International and chairs the board of the Dutch Sustainable Fashion Week. Jolande graduated from the Tilburg University in economics having specialised in political economy and philosophy.
Jolande is considered by the Board to be independent.


Luc Sterckx, MSC, PHD

Non-Executive Director

Appointed: September 2017. He is also a member of the Audit, Remuneration and Nomination Committees.

Skills and experience: Luc started his career at Exxon Chemicals, before becoming the CEO of Indaver and subsequently joining the executive committee of PetroFina where he served as Managing Director of Fina Holding Deutschland and as Group Senior Vice President for SHEQ matters worldwide. He was then appointed CEO of Oleon where he led a successful management buyout. Luc was subsequently appointed as CEO of SPE-Luminus in 2005, the second largest power and gas company in Belgium, created as a result of a multi-party merger. Luc is an INSEAD certified international director and a specialist in Internal Governance. He currently holds a number of non-executive and advisory positions, specialising in the fields of energy and chemicals, renewables and corporate governance.
Luc is considered by the Board to be independent.


Neil Hartley, MA, MBA

Non-Executive Director

Appointed: January 2019 and appointed Chair of the Remuneration Committee in September 2019. He is also a member of the Audit and Nomination Committees.

Skills and experience: Neil currently holds the position of Managing Director of First Reserve, a leading global private equity investment firm exclusively focused on energy, which he joined in 2006. Before joining First Reserve, he spent six years in investment banking with Simmons & Company International, most recently as a Director, where he focused on corporate finance advisory work in the energy sector. Prior to this he was a Management Consultant at McKinsey & Company, Inc. He also spent seven years with Schlumberger, most recently as a Field Service Manager and Field Engineer. Since 2008 he has been a Non-Executive Director of Norwegian company DOF Subsea AS. Between 2016 and 2018 he also held the position of Non-Executive Director of UK utility services company M Group Services Ltd.
Neil is considered by the Board to be Independent.


Otto de Bont, MSC

Chief Executive Officer

Skills and experience: Otto succeeded Peter Dilnot as Chief Executive Officer in April 2019. Prior to becoming Chief Executive Officer, Otto was the Managing Director of Renewi's Netherlands Commercial Division, and a member of the Executive Committee, playing a central role in the integration of Shanks Group plc with Van Gansewinkel Groep BV. Before his career at Renewi, Otto worked for a number of blue-chip companies including United Technologies and the Plastics and Security divisions of General Electric. During his six years at United Technologies, Otto spent time in various managerial positions culminating in his role as President of the Fire & Security Field Continental Europe.


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 then 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.



Executive Team


Otto de Bont, MSC

Chief Executive Officer

Skills and experience: Otto succeeded Peter Dilnot as Chief Executive Officer in April 2019. Prior to becoming Chief Executive Officer, Otto was the Managing Director of Renewi's Netherlands Commercial Division, and a member of the Executive Committee, playing a central role in the integration of Shanks Group plc with Van Gansewinkel Groep BV. Before his career at Renewi, Otto worked for a number of blue-chip companies including United Technologies and the Plastics and Security divisions of General Electric. During his six years at United Technologies, Otto spent time in various managerial positions culminating in his role as President of the Fire & Security Field Continental Europe.


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 then 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.


Helen Richardson

Human Resources Director 

Skills and experience: Helen joined Renewi on 1 April 2019 as HR Director. Helen has a strong track record in international HR leadership roles. She has worked across various industries including FMCG, Telecommunications, Real Estate Development and Retail. Most recently, Helen held various HR leadership roles at Danone / Nutricia. During this period, Helen played a leading role in the integration of several businesses, professionalising HR by driving employee engagement, putting Talent Management at the heart of the organisation and improving HR Services.


Maarten Buikhuisen

Chief Information Officer

Skills and experience: Maarten joined Renewi in January 2020 with over 20 years of IT experience, having worked in a number of global IT leadership roles. Prior to joining Renewi, Maarten had various international business and IT roles at Heineken, an internet B2C start-up and at Alcatel in telecommunication. During this period he delivered business and IT transformations, global ERP programmes, digital innovations and data driven organisations.
Maarten has a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology and an MBA from the University of Bradford.


Patrick Deprez

Product Sales Director

Skills and experience:Patrick joined the legacy Van Gansewinkel (VGG) business 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 programmes. 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. 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.


Baukje Dreimuller

General Counsel

Skills and experience: Baukje has extensive experience from leading legal firms Simmons & Simmons, Ashurst and Houthoff. She joined Renewi from Houthoff, where she held the position of senior lawyer within the corporate transaction (M&A) department. In this capacity, Baukje was very closely involved to the VGG - Shanks merger having lead much of the deal-related legal activity. Baukje holds Master's degrees in both Dutch Law and European & International Law from the Radboud University of Nijmegen.


Bas van Ginkel

Strategy and Business Development Director

Skills and experience: Bas joined Renewi on 1 September 2018 as Strategy Director and was promoted to join Renewi’s Executive Committee on 1 February 2019. Since joining Renewi, Bas has worked on a wide range of corporate and divisional strategy topics. He has further refined the Renewi corporate strategy, led portfolio optimisation and M&A activities, and has supported divisional leadership teams in developing their strategic plans. Prior to joining Renewi, Bas held senior positions at Philips Lighting and Bain & Company. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School in the USA, plus a MSc in Business Administration (with a specialisation in corporate finance) and a BSc in Economics from the University of Groningen.


Meinderdjan Botman

Managing Director, Commercial Waste Netherlands

Skills and experience: Meinderdjan joined Renewi on 1 October 2019 as Managing Director, Commercial Waste Netherlands. He has over 20 years’ experience in supply chain and logistics management. He had global responsibility for a number of work streams, including business development, key account management, sales, marketing and product development. Prior to joining Renewi, Meinderdjan held roles in engineering, project management, IT, operations and regional management. He was Logistics Manager Benelux at Nutricia and Senior Project Manager at Frans Maas, where he progressed to Director of Logistic Operations. In that role becoming a key member of the team involved in the merger to DSV A/S. He holds a Master's degree in Logistics Engineering and Distribution Management from the Technical University of Eindhoven.


Wim Geens

Managing Director, Commercial Waste Belgium

Skills and experience: Wim was appointed as Director Belgium, Luxemburg and France at 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 Master's degree in commercial and financial sciences.


Theo Olijve

Managing Director, Mineralz & Water

Skills and experience: Theo joined Renewi on 1 June 2019 as Statutory Director of Renewi Hazardous Waste BV with a focus on ATM. He worked in senior management positions in the petrochemical industry and liquid bulk terminals for more than 25 years. Theo was Divisional VP for LyondellBasell where he was responsible for global manufacturing. He was also Managing Director for the Odfjell Terminal Rotterdam where he was responsible for restoring the operation and compliance after a safety shutdown in 2012. He became an independent management consultant in 2017. Theo holds a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Groningen.


James Priestley

Managing Director, Specialities

Skills and experience: James was appointed as Managing Director of Renewi’s 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 the legacy Shanks business 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.