Published date: 21 September 2016

Managing Director of North London Waste Authority to retire

David Beadle, Managing Director of North London Waste Authority, has announced that he will retire at the end of the year.

Since joining the Authority in 2009 David has overseen key developments including pursuing north London’s strategy for the next generation of residual waste treatment, as well as closer partnership working with the Authority’s seven constituent boroughs through the establishment of north London’s Inter Authority Agreement (IAA).

The IAA was agreed in May 2016 to govern relations between the eight parties until the end of 2055, and introduces a new, fairer way of apportioning the Authority’s costs amongst the boroughs known as ‘menu pricing’.

David joined the Authority when a procurement for long-term waste management services, was underway. However, circumstances changed in 2013, and following a member decision, David led the Authority in pursuing a less expensive solution to residual waste management at a time when council finances were under enormous pressure. Since then there has been a focus on securing the approach to long-term residual waste management for north London and in November 2015 the Authority submitted an application for a Development Consent Order for an energy recovery facility at the Authority’s existing site at the Edmonton EcoPark.

The Planning Inspectorate (PINS) closed its examination of NLWA’s application for a development consent order (DCO) to build a new energy recovery facility, and associated development on 24 August.

Developing the Authority’s work on waste prevention has been another focus for David during his time as Managing Director of NLWA, which has for several years had a very strong outreach programme reaching thousands of people each year.  In 2014 NLWA also held its first waste prevention exchange conference in London, with the third such event taking place early next year.

David Beadle, Managing Director, said: “Deciding to retire has been a difficult decision for me, with so much interesting activity going on but one that I have been considering for some time. I joined NLWA to focus on partnership working and north London’s residual waste strategy. With the close of examination of the Authority’s DCO application, now feels like the right time to hand the reins to someone new.

“I’m leaving the Authority in a good place to meet future waste management needs, with a strong and dedicated team of officers who will take it forward.”

Councillor Clyde Loakes, Chair of NLWA, said: “I’m very sorry to see David go. On reflecting on David’s time with us; the Authority has been very fortunate indeed to secure the services of such a distinguished manager and expert in the waste and resource management industry.

“Since his arrival at NLWA some seven years ago he has achieved an enormous amount not only in helping shape the nature of the replacement future waste infrastructure we shall need, but in helping prioritise, develop and deliver an innovative and energetic programme of waste minimisation interventions and activities not matched anywhere else in local government. His advice and guidance to myself and the rest of the Authority has always been of the highest calibre across the range of waste and resource management activities that we find ourselves involved in.

“The Authority is now a far more focussed and effective organisation as a consequence of the managerial leadership David has provided and I wish him all the very best for the future and look forward to continuing and building on his good work with a new managing director in due course.”

Throughout his time at NLWA, David has acted as shareholder representative to the Authority’s wholly owned company, LondonWaste Ltd, who deliver the majority of waste disposal services required by the Authority. In 2015 David oversaw the appointment of Peter Sharpe as Managing Director of LondonWaste Ltd, following the retirement of David Sargent.

In addition to his role at NLWA, David was inaugurated as President of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) for 2013/14, during which time he used his presidency to focus on issues such as waste crime and waste prevention targets. David also played a lead role in drawing up arrangements between CIWM and the Environmental Services Association (ESA) which led to an announcement on 13 November 2014 of the formation of Resources & Waste UK – a new voice for the waste and resource management industry.


Notes for editors:

  1. Details of David Beadle’s replacement are not yet available. More information will be released in due course.
  2. The North London Waste Authority (NLWA) is made up of seven north London boroughs (Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest).
  3. Almost 1.9 million residents live in the NLWA area and the Authority is responsible for helping the seven north London boroughs dispose of the 827,000 tonnes of waste they collect every year.
  4. Following the closure of the Planning Inspectorate’s examination of the DCO application the Examining Authority has three months to report on the application and make a recommendation to the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State’s decision is expected in February 2017. If the DCO is granted, construction preparation for a new facility could start in 2019.
  5. For more information please contact Hannah Paten or Sarah Forgione, Communications Manager, by email at or or on 020 8489 5765.