Our team in Cornwall

Our team in Cornwall is made up of over 250 people including drivers, specialist engineers, administrators, data analysts, health and safety officers, compliance personnel, HR officers, site operatives, logistics personnel and recycling assistants.

Here’s some information about a few of them:

Phil Rudin

Regional Manager

Phil manages SUEZ’s operational team in Cornwall. He joined us in 2006 and has worked in waste management since 1997. His first job was with the former Cornwall County Council working on the Summercourt bypass, after graduating in Civil Engineering at Oxford Polytechnic.

Phil has lived in Cornwall since 1976, and attended schools in Redruth, Truro and St Day. He was born in Northumberland. Because his father was in the air force, Phil travelled extensively, including three years of his childhood in America.

He enjoys spending time cycling and watching his sons play cricket – they currently play for Cornwall County.

Patrick Daws

General Manager

Patrick oversees the integrated waste management contract with Cornwall Council. He has worked in the waste management industry within the south west of England for the past 20 years and over this time has been involved in the delivery of a diverse range of waste management facilities throughout the region. He firmly believes in the development of an integrated waste management solution to ensure the continued diversion of waste away from landfill.

Patrick graduated in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and spent a number of years working in consultancy in London, before relocating to the South West.

Patrick is a keen cyclist and enjoys making the most of the stunning Cornish countryside.

Tony Burge

Plant Manager

Tony joined SUEZ in 2013 from InterGen – an international power company – and has spent 20 years in this specialised industry. Prior to this, he had a successful 16-year career in the Navy, which he joined from school, specialising in Marine Engineering, working on both submarines and ships.

Tony spent his early years living on a farm in Malvern, Worcestershire, which encouraged his love of the great outdoors. He is a qualified expedition leader and has taken youth groups on treks around the Peak and Lake Districts. He is a great supporter of the Duke of Edinburgh Award and has worked as an assessor for the scheme.

Tony lives on a smallholding within three miles of the energy recovery centre, where he can enjoy the Cornish countryside.

Lindsay Simpson

Operations Manager

Lindsay looks after Cornwall’s 13 household waste recycling centres. She is passionate about promoting best practice and good customer service to make recycling an enjoyable habit for all. With over 20 years’ experience in the waste and recycling industry, she has worked for the SUEZ group since 2007.

Lindsay joined the Cornwall team in April 2017, after being senior site manager for the SUEZ recycling and recovery UK contract in South Gloucestershire. Her career with SUEZ began as an area supervisor responsible for a cluster of recycling centres in Surrey, where she managed the launch of a refurbished site and improved landfill diversion rates.

Outside work, Lindsay enjoys photography, gardening and walking in the stunning Cornish landscape.

Graham Copplestone

Operations Manager

Graham manages the network of five transfer stations that we operate around Cornwall. He has over 30 years’ experience in the waste and recycling industry, spanning a range of facilities from landfill operations and leachate treatment to transfer stations and household waste recycling centres.

Natalie Chard

Community Liaison Manager

Natalie coordinates our community liaison group and manages the team responsible for our two visitor centres at Bodmin and the Cornwall energy recovery centre. Her role is to be a link between the contract and the local community.

Before joining SUEZ, she worked in education for 16 years, teaching in primary and secondary schools in Cornwall. She also led a faculty specialising in technology and worked alongside exam boards where she contributed to the development of new courses. Before this, Natalie worked in the training department of a major bank, facilitating courses in IT and customer service.

Born in South America to Cornish parents, Natalie returned to England at the age of five, and spent her early childhood visiting Cornwall. She is delighted to have relocated back to Cornwall over 20 years ago and enjoys walking her dog along the beautiful Cornish coastline.

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