Driving Sustainable Growth
With a blend of skills, expertise and industry experience, learn a bit more about the dynamic team behind Reconomy’s exciting plans.
Guy joined Reconomy in 2023 as Chief Executive Officer, bringing with him career-long experience of delivering growth in the engineering, construction, and services industries. He has recent and relevant experience in international M&A, technology disruption and large-scale operational leadership and transformation. Guy’s professional interests lie in harnessing technology and data to transform service delivery, and the importance of purpose and culture to drive improved outcomes for organizations, customers, and colleagues.
Prior to joining Reconomy, Guy was chief executive – of services for IWG, the world’s largest provider of flexible workspace. Previously he was Chief Executive of Equiniti Group plc, the FTSE 250 provider of share-dealing, payment platforms, and services to the biggest businesses in the UK and the US. Guy led Equiniti since 2013 and delivered its flotation on the main market of the London Stock Exchange and expansion into the American and European markets. Guy’s earlier career spans numerous blue-chip organisations including Morrison, General Electric, and Rolls-Royce.
Guy holds an MA in Engineering Science from the University of Cambridge and a PhD in applications of artificial intelligence. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, a Chartered Engineer, and a Member of the CBI’s Public Services Strategy Board.
Paul is a multi-award-winning entrepreneur and business leader that has taken Reconomy Group on a transformational growth journey over the past 23 years. Paul entered the waste industry at 20 years old, starting as a driver and then subsequently creating and operating various waste businesses. He joined Reconomy in 1999, firstly as Operations Director and then played a key role in the management buy-out (MBO) in 2001. Growing the business successfully on the back of a best-in-class service for clients in housebuilding and construction, Reconomy then took private equity investment in 2006 with Bregal Capital becoming majority shareholder.
Following the economic crash of 2008, Paul re-focused Reconomy on a strategy of technology-enablement, dynamic and accurate data for customers and dedicated service propositions for a broader range of sectors including infrastructure, utilities and commercial industry. Paul’s passion, forward-thinking and demands for innovation have seen Reconomy Group grow exponentially from £87m turnover in 2015 to over £800m in 2021, now offering comprehensive solutions to leading brands across the world that want to adopt circular economy approaches.
2017 was a milestone year for Paul and the company. There was a further ownership change with EMK Capital becoming majority shareholder, Reconomy was named Company of the Year in the Shropshire Business Awards and Paul was named EY Entrepreneur of the Year in the Transformational Leader category. Further recognition was received in 2018 as Paul featured in the LDC Top 50 most ambitious business leaders, in 2021 with Reconomy receiving the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category and finally with the CEO Today Europe Award in 2022.
John joined Reconomy in 2016 as Chief Financial Officer, with a remit to drive the next phase of the group’s ambitious growth plans. Prior to joining Reconomy, John served as CFO, CCO and Head of EMEA of Radius, a private equity backed outsourcing business. He brings a wealth of relevant experience to the team from other senior roles held in high growth and leveraged service businesses in different sectors across the UK and abroad.
During his time with Reconomy, John has overseen nine successful acquisitions. Notably six of those have been completed since December 2018, when Valpak were welcomed into the group, as part of an acceleration in the strategic plan. He has also helped to spearhead several business improvement projects and process automation initiatives improving efficiency within Reconomy’s finance, credit control and accounting functions.
Mike joined Reconomy in 2003 and has been crucial in delivering the various stages of the strategic plan and helping to drive the group’s growth since that time. As Operations Director, Mike is responsible for all supply chain management, procurement, compliance, and commercial development activity – overseeing the successful launch of several innovative new products and services for difficult-to-manage waste streams.
Mike takes an active role in the integration of acquired companies, ensuring the benefits of group synergy and efficiency are realised. He also regularly works with customers through the account management team to find solutions for large projects, has successfully extended the Reconomy Social Value Programme (RSVP) into the supplier base, driven adoption of Reconomy’s various digital supply chain channels and hosted several successful Reconomy Supplier Forum’s helping hundreds of operators in the waste industry stay up to date with technology and important topics such as Modern Day Slavery. Mike’s knowledge of, and passion for, the waste industry is based on unrivalled experience. Prior to Reconomy he held various sales and operations management roles at Veolia.
As Operations Director, he has overseen the expansion of our service proposition for all core sectors, the introduction of our sustainability policies, and the adoption of our digitisation offer for suppliers.
With his wealth of experience and in-depth industry knowledge, Mike is perfectly placed to lead the Recycle division as we go forward and ensure that we leverage Reconomy Group’s unique, industry-leading capabilities through collaboration to provide great service for our customers and achieve our growth ambitions.
Jelle has an MSC in Technical Engineering and Management Science and held market and supply chain development roles at Lucent Technologies (Nokia) and Anixter before Joining RLG in 2007, initially as Sales Director. Jelle then progressed through various executive roles to become Managing Director of the RLG After Market Services division in 2016, establishing the Cycleon brand as a global leader in eCommerce Product Returns for major fashion/apparel and electronics brands.
Jelle has grown Cycleon from a company operating basic services in 10 countries into a full aftermarket service provider in over 100 countries globally, with a strong focus on total solutions and technology. He specialises in strategy, general management, sales and business development and since joining the Reconomy Group through the RLG acquisition, Jelle now leads the product returns division within the company’s Logistics vertical – setting the roadmap for future growth and leveraging the combined opportunity with UK-based ReBOUND.
As an experienced board director, Claire has led significant business change programmes, refinancing deals, people development strategies and M&A activity. With more than 20 years’ experience working in finance, and more than 15 of those in retail and logistics, Claire’s previous retail roles at Go Outdoors as MD and CFO at Maplin Electronics provide a deep understanding of ASCG’s retail customers and their challenges.
Joining ASCG in 2018, Claire now leads an impressive, fast-growing Yorkshire business with big ambitions to scale – accelerated by being acquired by the Reconomy Group in September 2021. Key focuses are on driving sustainable growth in the UK and key global markets. ASCG is best known for its technology-led approach to supply chain management that gives a competitive edge to customers as they constantly adapt their businesses to compete in the ever changing, consumer centric, digital world. Claire and ASCG take pride in building teams who can develop bespoke software solutions that keep goods moving around the world on time and on budget, while also reducing environmental impact.
Harvey was the CEO of Helistrat when it was acquired by Reconomy in 2018, taking up his current role as Divisional Director for Business and Industry shortly afterwards. He is responsible for the strategic development of this division, a key growth area for Reconomy, focusing on leveraging the full capabilities of the extended Reconomy group customer proposition.
Harvey spent almost 10 years at Helistrat driving business transformational projects and adding sustainable value for household brand names in the retail, manufacturing and facilities management sectors. With a focus on ‘designing out waste’ and introducing circular economy strategies, Harvey brings a deep understanding of the specific needs of Reconomy’s commercial customer base.
Prior to providing services to the retail sector with Helistrat, Harvey spent 20 years working within it. He held senior operational and leadership roles, including Retail Director at Somerfield and Regional Director at Alldays. For his efforts in driving the sustainable agenda at Helistrat, Harvey was recognised as one of Grant Thornton’s ‘Faces of a Vibrant Economy’ in 2018.
Tony joined Reconomy in October 2018, taking on responsibility for all internal and external marketing deliverables across Reconomy’s group of companies. Providing a strong focus on developing Reconomy’s digital marketing strategies, Tony also supports the company’s programme of tech-enablement for the benefit of its customers, leads ongoing brand strategy as the group expands and has helped develop and communicate the Reconomy Social Value Programme (RSVP) launched in 2019.
Tony has over 15 years of experience working in marketing and senior leadership roles within the utilities, manufacturing and construction industries, principally at builders’ merchants, Jewson, where he worked for 10 years, primarily as Marketing Services Director and latterly as UK Showroom Director. Prior to his time at Jewson, he gathered a breadth of experience from roles at E.on, Halstead Boilers (Dimplex) and the National Merchant Buying Society (NMBS). Tony holds a CIM (Chartered Institute of Marketing) Professional Diploma and a BA(Hons) in Sociology from Nottingham University.
Joining Reconomy in January 2019 in the newly created role of CIO, Jody assumed overall responsibility for the technology strategy and delivery across the group as well as overseeing the successful integration of acquired businesses aligned to Reconomy’s strategic growth plans.
Jody has extensive leadership, digital and private equity backed board-level experience having spent over 20 years in various leadership roles through numerous ownership cycles of a scaled, 1,000 person outsourced financial services business, Radius. Amongst the co-founding team of Radius, where he rose to Board Director and CIO, Jody led their EMEA operations together with a global 75-person division responsible for all technology, legal services and product management, delivering several digital transformation programs. He was also instrumental in developing Radius’ growth agendas – both operationally leading its supply chain and setting up its shared service centres across APAC, and through acquisition leading, completing and integrating transactions across four continents. Jody successfully completed a majority shareholder exit of Radius for private equity house HgCapital in May 2018 after which he completed transition of the business to new ownership, before joining Reconomy.
Jody is Microsoft and Prince Practitioner certified and holds a BEng(Hons) degree in Mechanical Engineering from Swansea University. He was made a Fellow of the British Computer Society in 2012 and regularly speaks as an expert contributor across many well recognised industry events.
Joining Reconomy in 2013, initially as HR & Training Manager, Lyndsey developed and established the HR function and has been fundamental in the successful growth of the business over the subsequent years. During her time with Reconomy, Lyndsey has launched an accredited leadership and management development programme, an executive development programme for the senior team and implemented CIWM and ICS accredited training for customer service colleagues.
Lyndsey has also established a successful in-house Talent Acquisition function, delivered four internship programmes and led on all people matters relating to M&A activity, welcoming hundreds of new colleagues to the Reconomy group. Having recently been added to the Board, key focuses of Lyndsey’s role are driving digitisation and automation into the HR function through new systems and processes as well as overseeing initiatives to attract, retain and develop the best talent in the industry. Lyndsey has worked in HR for 14 years, spending 7 years working at a PLC in the leisure and hospitality industry as a Regional HR Manager prior to arriving at Reconomy. She is fully CIPD qualified with an MA in HR Management.
Patrick is an industrial engineering graduate. He joined RLG as CFO in June 2010 and became CEO in January 2012. Patrick has transformed RLG into a global player, positioned as an enabler for circular economy solutions for major organizations and governments while expanding its presence and opening new markets in China, India, USA, Canada, Latin America, and Eastern Europe
Actively engaged in the development, innovation, and operationalization of Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) solutions, Patrick keeps a constant dialogue with governments and regulators across the world in the area of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), DRS, and reverse logistics.
He is recognized as a thought leader globally, through participation in multiple forums and conferences in Singapore, China, India, Europe, and with EPA in the US. In 2020 and 2021, Patrick has been co-leader of the working group focusing on circular business models – Circular Economy Initiative Deutschland (CEID)
Patrick has held previous roles as CFO at Data Modul AG for nearly 10 years, and at Hilti Group for 5 years.