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.
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.”
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.
A graduate of Manchester University in Law and Accounting, Shane has 22 years’ experience at CEO level, including serving on over 20 private, public and voluntary boards. These organisations include Royal National Institute for the Blind, BP, Harland & Wolff PLC and more recently Ulster Rugby. Shane took over the CEO role at the Bryson Group in November 2018.