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Andy Hill to step down as chair of the WRA

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Andy Hill, chair of the Wood Recyclers’ Association (WRA) is standing down from the lead role at the trade body’s annual general meeting in March 2021.

Hill has been chair of the WRA for eight years and was on the board for two years before that. He will hand over the role to current deputy chair, Richard Coulson. Hill will then take up the role of deputy chair to support Coulson.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the WRA and am incredible proud of all it has achieved over the past eight years,” said Hill. “We have totally transformed from the small trade association we were to one which can really pull its weight on behalf of its members.

“Of course, I am proud that this has happened under my chairmanship, but it is very much a team undertaking and without the collective efforts of the whole board and others, we would not be where we are today.”

Over the past five years, the WRA has tackled major challenges on behalf of its members, including most recently, leading the Waste Wood Classification Project. This project aimed to ensure that waste wood in the UK is properly classified at its origin and is processed into appropriate end markets, as well as classifying which waste wood items are hazardous and which are not.

“I look forward to continuing as chair until the springtime and then taking a step back to allow Richard (Coulson) to take over the reins,” said Hill. “I will be sitting in the wings and supporting wherever I can as deputy chair going forward.”