Simon Catford FCIPD, Dip SM was installed as Thames Warden on 6th July 2017.
Simon has been involved in the energy recovery recycling and waste management industry for 25 years, originally joining Blue Circle Waste Management in 1991. Since the acquisition by what is now Viridor in 1995, Simon has led all the Human Resources, Health & Safety, Environmental Compliance, Training & Development and Sustainability processes of the business thus positioning it as one of the leading UK companies in the sector. He was appointed to the Viridor Board in 2010.
He is also a Trustee Director on two Trustee Pension Boards and is the Chairman and Trustee of a third scheme.
Simon is the industry spokesperson on skills, development and sector attractiveness and is a Non-Executive Director of Energy & Utility Skills Ltd. He also chairs the Waste Management, Recycling & Resource Recovery Industry Skills Initiative (WRRSKI), is a Non-Executive Director of the Institute of Environmental Health Managment and Assurance (IEMA), is a Trustee Director for Viridor Credits (an Environmental Distributive Body) and sits on the South West Regional Board of Business in the Community (BiTC).
Before his time at Blue Circle, Simon spent many years with ICI, primarily in their Plant Protection Division, prior to which he worked in private small to medium sized enterprises.
Simon retires from Viridor at the end of 2016 to pursue a portfolio of non-executive and consultancy roles. He is married with two daughters and lives in Hampshire.