Jim Meredith, Chairman of Augean plc

Jim Meredith
Executive Chairman

Jim has considerable experience in the waste sector (since circa 1997) and has also worked within manufacturing, having held several senior roles within these sectors.

He has been Chairman of RiverRidge Recycling since September 2016, an investment supported by the Business Growth Fund, and a Non-executive Director of Mar City Homes, since July 2016.

He was CEO of the UK business of FCC, a leading Spanish construction business, following its acquisition of Waste Recycling Group (WRG) in 2006 from TerraFirma Capital Partners whom Jim worked with from 2003 during their initial acquisition of WRG.

Jim was an Executive Director of Shanks plc and also CEO of SCAID Capital, whose main business was Willerby Holiday Homes, a manufacturer of holiday homes for the leisure sector.

Jim has been Executive Chairman of Augean PLC since October 2017, having previously been Non-executive Chairman from June 2012 and a member of the Board from December 2010.

Mark Fryer, Executive Director and Group Finance Director

Mark Fryer
Executive Director and Group Finance Director

Mark joined Augean in December 2016, bringing a significant breadth of financial expertise across a broad range of both listed and private companies, having been Group Finance Director of Dialight PLC from 2010 to 2014, an innovative LED technology company, and previously of Manganese Bronze Holdings PLC from 2002 to 2010, the company that built London taxis.

Prior to joining Augean, Mark had been Interim Chief Finance Officer of two private equity owned businesses, Bridon International Ltd, the global technology leader in the manufacture of wire and fibre rope, and Nualight Limited, a specialist LED technology company.

Before this, Mark held senior finance positions at GKN plc and Cable & Wireless plc after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young in 1991. Whilst at GKN plc, Mark gained specialist waste experience, having been Finance Director for GKN Industrial Services division which included Cleanaway waste management.

He was appointed to the Board and became Group Finance Director on 14 December 2016.

John Rauch, Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer

John Rauch
Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer

John Rauch Group Operating Officer John joined Augean in December 2016 and brings with him vast experience in driving strategic performance through operational and commercial excellence.

Having held a number of senior management roles, John was previously Chief Operations Officer at Bridon International Ltd where he oversaw the EMEA and APAC regions and before that, headed up the operational strategy for IMI Norgren in his role as Operations Director, as well as holding senior roles within global manufacturing group ESAB.

John’s passion is working with businesses to accelerate their capability through best practice in supply chain processes, driving agility, integrating operations, intelligent management systems, embracing efficiency and delighting customers.

David Unsworth - Director of Business Planning & Optimisation

David Unsworth
Director of Business Planning and Optimisation

David joined Augean in April 2009 following senior positions with Tradebe, Castle and Shanks where he managed a number of sales, commercial and technical teams.

David has worked in the hazardous waste industry for 25 years and has a multi-disciplined wealth of knowledge and experience with a focus on business systems and the development of technical and commercial processes to achieve a best in class service.

David has worked with many key clients with market-leading brands including GSK, Victrex and Boots to name a few whilst also advising government departments and sector institutions on the evolving commercial and technical landscape within the waste industry.

David is Vice Chair of the CIWM’s Hazardous Waste Special Interest Group, ISWA UK Representative for the Working Group on Hazardous Waste and is an ISWA UK National Committee Member.

Gary Bower, Director of Corporate Stewardship

Gary Bower
Director of Corporate Stewardship

Gary has a degree in analytical chemistry and has 30 years of industrial experience and has been involved in waste management since 1998. He is a Member of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management and is a Chartered Resources and Waste Manager.

Gary was an Associate Director for Royal HaskoningDHV before joining Augean in December 2020. His technical roles were to provide waste regulatory expertise on a wide range of engineering and environmental projects and multi-disciplinary large Environmental Impact Assessment infrastructure projects. He has experience on environmental and technical due diligence studies to UK and International standards; and compliance audits in the waste management sector. He has been commissioned as an expert witness providing expert reports and representation in court on waste regulatory issues. He has also coordinated a Development Consent Order application for a large waste Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project – a new Energy from Waste (102MW) facility in Boston, Lincs.

The managerial aspect of this role included delegated financial responsibilities for sign-off on new proposals and projects; and management functions associated with health and safety review of site risk assessments; proposal and technical report review; and leading on human resources, people and culture transformation (including recruitment, performance and development and business transformation) for the whole Environment Advisory Group

In a previous role, Gary has almost ten years of experience working for the Environment Agency as a technical advisor on hazardous waste and was part of the team to deliver WM2. He provided and delivered training packages and operational instructions on hazardous waste regulation for operational staff; audited hazardous waste business processes to assess for effectiveness and suggested areas for improvement; provided external guidance on hazardous waste legislation; and delivered and analysed hazardous waste data.

He worked with Defra Legal & Policy Department and Environment Agency policy on the drafting of the hazardous waste regulations and rolled out workshops with industry to identify how the regulatory provisions of the hazardous waste regulations would impact them.

Richard Brooke - Commercial Director

Richard Brooke
Commercial Director

Richard joined Augean in March 2018 and has over 25-years waste management experience having held senior commercial and business development positions in both corporate and small medium enterprises.

Richard has worked for Steetley and Redland (now Tarmac), Yorkshire Water’s solid waste subsidiary Global Environmental, Waste Recycling Group (now FCC) and as Commercial Director for both New Earth Solutions and Tamar Energy.

Richard has a proven track record in increasing shareholder value, leading high-performance driven teams and delivering improved levels of customer service.

Richard holds a Masters in Business Administration with Distinction, a First Class Bachelor of Science Honours Degree, and is a Fellow of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a Member of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management.

Gene Wilson, Director

Gene Wilson
Director of Environmental Planning

Gene holds a PhD from Imperial College, London, and was for 18 years the Director of Environmental Planning and Principal Ecological Consultant with MJ Carter Associates (MJCA), which provides independent advice on environmental issues to the public and private sectors.

Gene directed MJCA’s services in planning, environmental assessment, environmental audit, environmental management systems and waste management licensing and permitting, successfully managing these complex projects.

Dr Wilson is also an experienced expert witness and has given evidence on the subjects of minerals and waste management operations, planning policy and ecology. He is also a member of the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management and the Consultation Institute.

As Director of Corporate Stewardship, Gene is the health, safety and compliance champion of the Group; leads on community and internal communications and is responsible for managing our human resources.

He manages a team of experienced auditors and safety specialists who ensure that operations are carried out in accordance with the risk assessments, safe systems of work and procedures specified in the Group’s Integrated Management System. Gene uses his specialist skills in obtaining operating consents, liaising with local stakeholders and managing regulatory affairs.

Angela McGhin - Company Secretary

Angela McGhin
Group General Counsel and Company Secretary

Angela joined Augean in September 2016 and is a qualified lawyer having previously trained and worked at the magic circle firm Clifford Chance LLP in London.

As General Counsel Angela is responsible for handling all of the Company’s legal matters including legal and regulatory compliance, control of the Company’s contracting position, dealing with any litigious issues and supporting all M&A/capital transactions and property work.

As Company Secretary, Angela is an officer of the Company and responsible for its effective administration, particularly with regard to ensuring compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements. Angela is adviser to the PLC Board on all matters of corporate governance and compliance.