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Board and Management

  • Board of Directors

    • Ken Lever: Chairman

      Ken Lever

      Appointment: March 2018 

      Ken Lever was appointed Chairman on 12 March 2018, having joined the board as Non-Executive Director on 28 September 2016. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Vertu Motors plc, Blue Prism plc and Gresham House Strategic plc. Until December 2015 Ken was Chief Executive of Xchanging plc, the technology and business services group. Ken has also previously held Board Executive Director positions with Numonyx BV, Tomkins plc, Albright and Wilson plc and Alfred McAlpine plc and was previously Non-Executive Director of iSoft plc and Vega Systems plc. Ken is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants having trained with Arthur Andersen. Ken served for six years on the UK Accounting Standards Board between 2006 and 2012.

    • Michael Topham: Chief Executive Officer

      Michael Topham

      Appointment: September 2018

      Michael Topham was appointed as Chief Executive Officer on 29 September 2018. Michael joined the business in September 2010. He has previously held the roles of Divisional Finance Director, Divisional Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer, before being appointed to his current role of Chief Executive Officer.

      Prior to joining Biffa, Michael was finance director at Greenstar UK from 2005 to 2010. He trained as a Chartered Accountant with PwC in London, and held positions in both the audit and transaction services practices.

    • Richard Pike: Chief Financial Officer

      Richard Pike

      Appointment: September 2018 


      Richard was appointed Chief Financial Officer on 29 September 2018. Having trained as an ACA with Price Waterhouse, Richard went on to do a variety of roles at Pilkington plc and Scapa Group plc. He then was appointed as Group CFO of Manchester Airports Group and subsequently has worked across a number of different sectors including CFO of AB Sugar, Managing Director of British Sugar and Group CFO of Boparan Holdings 

    • Carol Chesney: Independent Non-Executive Director

      Carol Chesney

      Appointment: July 2018 

      Carol is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and qualified with Arthur Andersen in the UK.

      Since 1998, Carol has been Company Secretary of Halma plc, the FTSE 100 health, safety and environmental technology group, where she oversees governance, pensions, group insurance and ethics compliance. Prior to this role, Carol was Halma’s Group Financial Controller with oversight of all day-to-day financial planning and reporting matters.

      Carol is a non-executive director of Renishaw plc, where she has been chair of the audit committee since 2012 and, since April 2018, a non-executive director and chair of the audit committee of Hunting plc.

    • Michael Averill: Independent Non-Executive Director

      Michael Averill

      Appointment: February 2013 

      Michael Averill was appointed as Non-Executive Director in February 2013. He is also chairman of Fishers Services Ltd and Rochford Capital Pty in Sydney and Non-Executive Director of Van Gansewinkel Group in the Netherlands.

      Michael was previously CEO of Shanks Group plc from 1994-2007 where he oversaw the growth of the group. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Waste Management and a former chairman of the Environmental Services Association.

    • Gab Barbaro: Independent Non-Executive Director

       gab barbaro

      Appointment: January 2019 

      Gab Barbaro was appointed as Non-Executive Director in January 2019. Gab is currently the UK Business Managing Director of the FTSE 100 group Centrica plc (a division trading as British Gas Business) where he is responsible for the financial and organisational management of a 2000 strong workforce and with revenues of £2bn, a position he has held since 2015 following his promotion from his role as Managing Director of British Gas Business Services.

      Prior to this Gab held a series of senior management roles in strategy including Head of Group Strategy at Centrica and Chief Risk Officer at Snowy Hydro in Australia, as well as various roles in consultancy firms including Boston Consulting Group and Accenture.

    • David Martin: Independent Non-Executive Director

      David Martin

      Appointment: August 2016

      David Martin was appointed as Non-Executive Director on 28 September 2016. David was Chief Executive of Arriva, one of the largest bus and train transport services organisations in Europe, from 2006 to December 2015. He remains on their Board. Prior to joining the transport industry, David was Financial Director at Holyhead group. He has been a non-executive director at Ladbrokes since October 2013.

  • Senior Management Team

    • Jeff Anderson: Chief Operating Officer (Collections)

      Appointment: September 2011              

      Jeff Anderson joined Biffa in September 2011 as Managing Director of the Industrial & Commercial division. His previous experience includes the roles of Executive Board Director at Wincanton plc. and Divisional Board Director at Securicor plc.

    • Roger Edwards: Managing Director (Municipal Division)

      Appointment: October 2010              

      Roger Edwards was appointed as Managing Director of the Municipal division in October 2010, following the acquisition of Greenstar. Roger was previously Managing Director at Greenstar’s municipal division. Roger trained as a quantity surveyor and has over 25 years’ experience within the waste industry in commercial, operational and international roles.

    • Mick Davis: Managing Director (RR&T Division)

      Appointment: September 2010              

      Mick Davis is Managing Director of the RR&T division and was appointed in September 2010, following the acquisition of Greenstar. At Greenstar, Mick was Managing Director of the recycling division. Mick trained as a chartered surveyor and has over 25 years’ experience within the waste management sector. He has held various senior and board level roles in landfill, recycling, PFI and technology development. Mick is a trustee of the charity Biffa Award.

    • John Casey: Managing Director (Energy Division)

      Appointment: October 2008                       

      John Casey has been Managing Director of the Energy division since October 2008. Prior to joining Biffa, John had an extensive career of technical and general management roles with US-based multinational General Electric.

    • Rachael Hambrook: Company Secretary and General Counsel

      Appointment: December 2016                           

      Rachael Hambrook was appointed as Company Secretary on the 9<sup>th</sup> December 2016. Rachael is a qualified solicitor and prior to joining Biffa, Rachael gained in-house experience in the commercial environment as a corporate lawyer at both listed and international corporates in the roles of General Counsel and/or Company Secretary at Budgens plc, DHL Express (UK) Limited, and Ruspetro plc.

    • Jane Pateman: Group HR Director

      Appointment: December 2010                              

      Jane Pateman joined Biffa in December 2010. Prior to joining Biffa, Jane held a number of senior HR Director positions in Centrica and was Group HR Director at Connaught plc.

    • David Gooding: Group IT Director

      Appointment: July 2011                                

      David Gooding was appointed Group IT Director in July 2011 overseeing IT, Process Improvement and Management Information. David has been involved in the waste industry for 10 years.