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
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, now CEO, 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 the 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 and in 2021 with Reconomy receiving the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category.
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 to 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.
Matt joined Reconomy in 2012 as Sales Director, bringing over 30 years experience in the Construction sector with major blue-chip companies. He has since taken up the role of Divisional Director for Construction, Infrastructure and Housebuilding. Matt has a wealth of sales and managerial experience, rising through the ranks at Newey and Eyre to Regional Director, he then became Business Development Director for the parent group, Hagemeyer UK.
Matt then spent 5 years at FTSE 100 company Wolseley UK as Business Development Director developing their sectorised sales strategy resulting in strong sales growth. Before joining Reconomy, he spent time at Unipart Automotive as Sales and Operations Director and Wilts Electrical Wholesale as Managing Director. In 2019, Matt was appointed as chair of the new Waste group run by the Supply Chain Sustainability School.
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.
Andy joined Reconomy in April 2021 as a member of its Group Management Team, bringing with him considerable knowledge and experience to aid Reconomy’s goal of becoming the leading provider of services to drive the circular economy on the global stage.
Following a successful early career in corporate finance, with senior roles at Ernst & Young and BDO, Andy spent 10 years at outsourced waste and resource management specialists, SWRnewstar. As CEO, he built revenues from £5m to £45m by developing and servicing a portfolio of big-name clients. In 2018, Andy was recognised as one of LDC’s ‘ones to watch’ in their ‘Most Ambitious Business Leaders’ report and a year later oversaw the sale of the business to a National waste collection business.
Since arriving at Reconomy, Andy has provided invaluable strategic support to the company’s mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity, contributing his considerable insight and understanding of the commercial waste sector.
Our approach to achieving our sustainability goals
Better procurement and the management of supplier relationships is fundamental to our success. When we are involved in the early phases of a project or mobilisation, we can more easily influence client behaviours to enable better sustainable decision-making that improves overall outcomes.
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