06 January 2014
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced the appointment of a new head for its waste and recycling division, with former head Graeme Walker having retired from the organisation.
Mr Walker, who has spent five years heading the waste and recycling team, as well as the agricultural unit, has stepped down after 37 years at the organisation. He has been replaced by the HSE’s head of operations for North West Scotland and Northern England, Rick Brunt.
Mr Brunt joined HSE as a trainee agricultural inspector in 1989 after completing his degree in agriculture at London University and a short spell at the Ministry of Agriculture. During his time with HSE, he has worked as an inspector in a number of other industries, including engineering, utilities and domestic gas.
He was promoted to head of operations for the North West in 2009, where he led the delivery of HSE’s inspection, investigation and enforcement activities for the region.
Commenting on his new role, Mr Brunt said: “As head of operations, I have seen the consequences of poorly managed risks in the waste and recycling industry, and while progress has been made in addressing these problems, the industry has plenty of scope to reduce the toll of injuries and deaths.
“I am looking forward to working with the industry and supporting them in tackling the issues that sit behind the injury statistics.”