John Woodruff is a Principal Consultant in Waste Management at Ricardo Energy & Environment, joining in January 2017 having previously been Head of Waste Services and latterly Strategic Commissioner – Waste at the London Borough of Bromley.
He has more than 30 years’ experience in the waste industry, working initially in the private sector, moving to local authority waste management 21 years ago. John’s private sector experience provided a background in the design, management and provision of customer facing public services from a contractor perspective, across Kent and London, including the design and management of Kent’s first MRF and the operation of a major Waste Transfer Station in south London.
John moved to Bromley where he joined the team procuring an innovative integrated Waste Management Contract covering collection, treatment and disposal. John led, shaped and drove the strategic direction of the waste and recycling agenda in Bromley, subsequently project managing the ongoing development of the service in the light of local and national policy, budgetary and target revisions, leading to radical changes in the collection element of the service and significant redevelopment of HWRCs and Waste Transfer Stations, along with the achievement of significant external funding through challenge funding of over £1 million for major projects. Through extensive options appraisal of operational methodologies, extensive consultation and member engagement, the service was re-modelled in a manner which achieved high levels of recycling and waste diversion, whilst achieving operational efficiencies which reduced budgeted expenditure by over £1.5 million per annum.
Since joining Ricardo, John has provided direction and technical advice to a range of options appraisal and procurement projects, helping clients to assess the operational, performance and environmental benefits of different collection and waste treatment options and providing insight into sound working practices.
John utilised his extensive operational experience and knowledge to develop a presence on a variety of government-sponsored support programmes, regional networks, and other stakeholder groups, particularly involving DEFRA, DCLG, WRAP, BIS (with regard to WEEE), EA, the GLA and the London Waste & Recycling Board (now Resource London). In addition, his previous roles as Chair of the National Association of Waste Disposal Officers, and position on the Waste Network Chairs, along with membership of London Councils’ Officer Advisory Panel on Waste and the LGA’s strategic waste panel have enabled him to lobby, influence and gain an understanding of the direction and drivers for change emanating from both local and central government.