At its AGM today LARAC announced the appointment of John Coates on an interim basis following the recent news of the departure in December of CEO Lee Marshall who takes up a position with CIWM. John is a former vice chair and treasurer for LARAC.
The appointment will ensure continuity of membership services to LARAC members and allow for a review of the current structure of LARAC and put in place resources that enable its continued growth.
Carole Taylor, LARAC chair, explains "We are sad to see Lee go but in John we have someone who is very capable and who brings experience of being a head of service for waste and recycling at both unitary and county councils. We know he will represent our members' views with knowledge and authority. He knows how LARAC works and was on the working group that transitioned us to a limited not for profit company. The Executive wanted continuity after Lee's announcement and working with John we have a short-term solution up to Lee's departure and then moving forward he will work with the new Chair and Executive to produce options for a new LARAC for the future.”
LARAC have made this move to reassure members that the services they get will continue and that their voices will still be heard as discussions continue on key policy areas such as consistent collections and extended producer responsibility on packaging. LARAC believes this arrangement provides the best of both worlds, with a continuity for the organisation and the chance to shape LARAC for the future and continue to put it at the heart of the policy debate.