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CEO appointment at Enva

Recycling and resource recovery business, Enva, has appointed James Priestley as Chief Executive Officer, effective 8 April 2024. He will succeed Tom Walsh who, after many successful years growing the Enva business, has decided to step down as part of the recent acquisition of Enva by I Squared Capital.

Priestley joins the business from Renewi, a leading waste-to-product business, where he was Managing Director of the company’s Specialities Division which includes businesses in the UK and Europe. A qualified chemical engineer, Priestley’s experience includes senior management roles at Ford, British Airways and Tesco.

Chair of Enva, Jonson Cox, said of the appointment: “On behalf of the Board and our investor I Squared Capital, I am delighted to welcome James to Enva. He brings a wealth of experience from within the industry and in leading and managing high-performing teams. I believe he will make a positive impact on our commercial, safety and environmental performance and will lead the continued growth of the company over the coming years. I am very much looking forward to working with him.”

Priestley commented: “I am excited to be joining Enva for the next stage in its journey. Enva and the wider resource recovery sector are vital to the continued development of the circular economy, a field in which I have been running businesses for the last seven years. I look forward to working with the Enva team and all our stakeholders to continue the growth and development of the business at this exciting time.”

As part of a wider reorganisation aligned to Enva’s strategic planning to grow its business, Roger McDermott has also been appointed COO of Enva’s Specialist division.

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