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WAMITAB Chief Executive steps down

Chris James steps down from his role as Chief Executive Officer of WAMITAB

Chief Executive Officer steps down from Wamitab postFollowing the announcement on 22nd July 2020 regarding the closer integration of WAMITAB into the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM), we are announcing that Chris James has stepped down from his role as Chief Executive Officer of WAMITAB. 

Since 2017, WAMITAB has been part of the CIWM Group. CIWM Group Chief Executive Sarah Poulter will be taking forward the integration plan for the two organisations in consultation with both CIWM and WAMITAB trustee boards. 

Dan Cooke, the newly-appointed Chair of the WAMITAB Board, said: 

“In common with most organisations, 2020 has been a challenging year, and it is important that we take steps now to consolidate our ongoing financial sustainability and resilience. The closer alignment of CIWM and WAMITAB is central to this strategy and will allow us to take advantage of opportunities for streamlining and sharing of resources and plan for some exciting opportunities as we work in collaboration.

“We would like to thank Chris James for his leadership and drive over the last eight years; he has played a key role in successfully steering WAMITAB to its current position as a robust specialist awarding organisation and End-Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO). We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the outgoing Chair of WAMITAB, Rob Little, for his hard work and support during his tenure in the role.”

Chris was appointed as CEO of WAMITAB in March 2012 and has been instrumental in diversifying the organisation into new skills areas, reflecting the evolution of some of the key players in the waste and resource management sector. Over the last eight years, WAMITAB has gained a strong foothold in the parking and cleaning sectors and, in January 2018, WAMITAB was selected by the Ministry of Justice as the exclusive Awarding Organisation for cleaning, facilities management and waste management qualifications across Her Majesty’s Prison Service establishments in England and Wales. WAMITAB has also been approved to deliver End-Point Assessment for several apprenticeship standards in waste, cleaning and related areas.

Chris James was made a Fellow of the CIWM in June 2020 in recognition of his work at WAMITAB and his wider contribution to the sector. Reflecting on his time at WAMITAB, 

Chris said: 

“It’s been a great honour to head up the team at WAMITAB, and I am incredibly proud of what we have achieved over the last eight years. I am confident that I leave behind a strong foundation for the future growth of the awarding body offer within the new combined organisation. I am looking forward to working with CIWM and WAMITAB in a consultative capacity to support future strands of activity around educational development and quality assurance.”

About CIWM

CIWM is the leading professional body for the resource and waste management sector representing around 5,700 individuals in the UK, Ireland and overseas. Established in 1898, CIWM is a non-profit making organisation, dedicated to the promotion of professional competence amongst waste managers. CIWM seeks to raise standards for those working in and with the sector by producing best practice guidance, developing educational and training initiatives, and providing information on key waste-related issues. 

More information can be found at www.ciwm.co.uk

About WAMITAB

WAMITAB is a specialist awarding organisation and charity that works directly with industry to shape and deliver employer-led qualifications for those working in cleaning, street cleansing, facilities management, resource management and recycling and parking from operative through to management level. With over 120 qualification pathways and 70 quality assured centres, WAMITAB offers an unrivalled specialist network to support employee development and is dedicated to delivering industry-relevant qualifications and support. WAMITAB is approved as an End-Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) for the following apprenticeship standards: Level 2 Healthcare Cleaning Operative; Level 2 Metal Recycling General Operative; Level 2 Waste Resource Operative; Level 3 Facilities Management Supervisor and Level 3 S.H.E. Technician. 

More information can be found at www.wamitab.org.uk 

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