Willie retired in 2010 after 38 years career working in Northern Ireland local government. Willie worked as Belfast City Council’s Director of Health and Environmental Services where he was responsible for the delivery of a range of direct services as well as environmental health and building control. He was also responsible for the Council’s waste management functions and led the development and implementation of the Council’s strategic approach to waste management, both internally and as part of a major waste management partnership of 11 district councils with collective responsibility for more than half of Northern Ireland’s municipal waste (arc21). He was a member of the Waste Management Advisory Board from its establishment in April 2001 until its dissolution in June 2005.
Willie sat as a Belfast City Council observer on the Board of Belfast City Centre Management (BCCM) and chaired its Urban Management Action Group. Willie has been appointed as a member of the Local Government Staff Commission. He is also a Specialist member of the Health and Safety Appeals Tribunal.
Willie was appointed MBE for services to local government in the 2010 Birthday Honours List.
Tom joined the Ulster Bank in 1964 and during his 40 years of service he undertook a number of different roles within both country and city branches covering business and banking issues such as business development; planning, credit control; lending, risk and change management. He was seconded for a couple of years to the National Westminster Bank in London.
During his years with the Bank, Tom held several senior posts including Head of Group Lending; Director of Group Risk; Director of Change Management; and Director on Ulster Bank Board from 2000 until his retirement in 2004.
Tom is an elected Fellow of The Institute of Bankers in Ireland.
Tom acted as Chairman of Belfast Region Institute of Bankers in Ireland and was the Ulster Bank representative on the Northern Ireland Bankers Association
In November 2005 Tom joined the Board of Bryson Recycling; he also sits on Bryson’s Audit and Risk Committee.
Alan began his career as a surveying trainee before joining Osborne King and Megran where he undertook a number of roles including partner, managing partner, managing director and chairman.
Over the course of his career he has been involved in many significant projects, such as; Castle Court Shopping Centre, Forestside Shopping Centre, Anderson and McAuley redevelopment, Damolly retail Park, Newry, Mallusk Park Industrial Estate and the Holywood Exchange retail park. Alan has also advised a wide range of local and national clients including Bombardier Shorts, Northern Bank, Sainsbury’s, Odyssey Trust, National Car Parks and Belfast City Airport. He has also worked as a consultant to Corbo Ltd.
Alan has been a member of the Board of Governors at his old school, Inst in Dublin where he has held a number of positions including Convenor of Property Committee, Convenor of the Audit Committee and Member of the Financial Strategy Committee.
Alan is a Fellow of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
Ciaran retired after serving 35 years at Belfast City Council. During his career at the Council, his roles as Town Solicitor and Assistant Chief Executive saw him gain extensive experience across a wide range of issues affecting local government and the broader public service.
Ciaran has experience and a sound knowledge of the recycling sector having worked as corporate legal advisor to arc 21, the joint waste group. He also acted as legal advisor to several Northern Ireland district councils and other public agencies.
John has been employed by Bryson since 1985 and now holds the position of Chief Executive of the Bryson Group, which is one of the UK’s largest Social Enterprises and one of N Ireland’s oldest charities. John is committed to the development and growth of social enterprise and leads the Bryson Group through its subsidiary companies
John studied for a BA (Hon) Degree in Business Studies at the University of Ulster before undertaking a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA).
John is a Life Fellow of RSA, was acknowledged as the Northern Ireland and subsequently the UK Social Enterprise Leader of the Year in 2011; is a distinguished graduate of Ulster University; was awarded IoD (NI) Public and 3rd Sector Director of the Year 2012 and IoD UK Public and 3rd Sector Director of the Year in 2013 and was made a Companion of the Chartered Institute of Management in 2016.
Eric graduated with a degree in Environmental Sciences and later with a Masters degree in Business Administration.
Eric has been involved in recycling industry for 25 years, initially with Bradford Waste Chasers and then with Bryson since 1992.
Eric started his career with Bryson by establishing a Province-wide collection service for aluminium cans. In 1998 he undertook market research and attracted significant funding for a pilot kerbside recycling programme which has now been rolled out to 170,000 households across Northern Ireland.
Eric has helped the company grow in reach and profile, gaining ISO 9001, 14001 and OHSAS 18001 standards, gold standard award for EFQM and Investors In People.
Eric believes that the quality of recyclable materials is key to the long term sustainability of recycling and that the economic benefits, derived from reprocessing, should be viewed as a strategic economic area of growth for NI.
Eric is a member of the DoE Waste Programme Board for Northern Ireland and a member of the Chartered Institute of Waste Management. In 2006, Eric was awarded an MBE for “Services to Waste Management.”
Brian studied at the University of Ulster for a BA (Hons) Degree in Accounting graduating in 1989. Following this he undertook professional study to complete the examinations of The Chartered Association of Certified Accountants. Brian became a fellow of the Association in 2006.
After graduating in 1989, Brian took a gap year to travel the world, spending time in North America, Australia and South East Asia. Brian returned to Northern Ireland and worked as a management accountant for the National Health Service and eventually the Mater Hospital as part of the Northern Ireland Health and Social Services Trusts for 5 years. During this time Brian played a major role in the hospital attaining trust status.
In September 1995 he moved to Bryson taking up the post of Financial Controller and progressing to Chief Finance Officer. During this time Bryson has grown from a turnover of £2M and 200 staff to turnover of more than £35M and approximately 600 staff 2015.
Within Bryson he is responsible for all financial and human resource activities.
Brian was also a founding Director of Shopmobility Belfast, a local Charity concerned with mobility for the physically impaired, where he remained for 20years.
Ray Georgeson is an independent professional operating in the resource efficiency sector. He has thirty years experience of the waste and resources management sector variously as a volunteer, campaigner, educator, policymaker, programme manager, chief executive and consultant.
He was Director of Policy and Evaluation for WRAP from 2001-2008. At WRAP he produced four business plans that have directed over £200m of public spending on recycling market development, local authority recycling, public communications and waste minimisation programmes. This contributed to a fourfold increase in household recycling since 2001, elimination of increases in retail packaging and two thirds of English households regarded as committed recyclers.
Ray has previously acted as an adviser to Defra (on the development of Waste Strategy 2000 and other policy developments), and the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit in the Cabinet Office (on the Waste not: want not review of waste policy).Ray is currently advising RPS Group on delivering a recycling market development programme for the Republic of Ireland.
He is a non-executive director of consultancy Resource Futures Ltd and waste and resources management company London Waste Ltd. Ray is currently advising RPS Group on delivering a recycling market development programme for the Republic of Ireland. He runs his portfolio through his own business, Ray Georgeson Resources Ltd.
Ray was educated at the University of Lancaster, and Cranfield University School of Management. He is a Chartered Waste Manager, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and was appointed MBE for services to sustainable waste management in the Millennium Year Honours List.
Having joined Lighthouse Communications in 2010, Alyson is now a Director of the company leading an award winning team of six Communications Consultants.
She devises and implements tailored PR and Marketing strategies assisting organisations achieve their corporate objectives through effective communication and innovative initiatives.
With clients such as George Best Belfast City Airport, IoD, Huhtamaki, Arthur Cox, Grant Thornton, Connect Telecom, Lisney, Mary Peters Trust and Down Royal, Alyson’s experience spans a wide range of industries including Recycling, Energy, Third Sector, Training and Education.
Alyson’s ever growing client base and her close relationships with the media coupled with her active membership of numerous business organisations ensures an enviable third party network which she uses to the advantage of those she works on behalf of.
Alyson is a member of the IoD, PRCA, CIPR and Women in Business.
She sits on the IoD’s Connecting committee and the Women’s Leadership Conference organising committee. Alyson holds a BA (Hons) Degree in Public Relations and Media, Culture and Communications from University of Lincoln, and a Digital Marketing Diploma from the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
Damian studied at Queens University Belfast for a BSc (Hons) Degree in Economics, graduating in 1989. He then relocated to England joining Grand Metropolitan Brewing and completed the examinations of The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) in 1993, later becoming a fellow of the Association.
Whilst in England, Damian worked in the Global Markets Department of Bankers Trust, an American Merchant Bank and as Financial Controller in France Telecom Network Services.
Upon returning to Northern Ireland in 1994, Damian spent 6 years in BIC Systems as Financial Controller and oversaw the implementation of an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. In December 2000, he joined local Contract Hire and Fleet Management company, Fleet Financial as Financial Director. Since 2007 he has held the role of Managing Director in Fleet Financial and overseen growth of the business and it’s subsequent sale to Charles Hurst (a subsidiary of Lookers Plc) in 2012 where it has continued to flourish.
Damian is also a member of the Institute of Directors and joined the board of Bryson Recycling as a Non Executive Director in 2017.