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.
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.”
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.
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 also 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 JD Edwards. 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.
Deborah worked as a Chartered Surveyor and Town Planner in local government and the private sector before setting up her own consultancy in planning for waste management. She works with a range of public and private sector bodies on waste management and planning issues. She has also spent many years as a school governor and on the boards of a number of voluntary organisations as well as being a councillor at Borough and Parish level. Deborah has a physics degree from the University of East Anglia and lives in Norfolk.