Southam resident awarded an MBE for services to waste - The Leamington Observer

Southam resident awarded an MBE for services to waste

A SOUTHAM resident has been awarded with an MBE for services to waste.

Dr Adam Read has been recognised with a Member of the Order of the British Empire in the King’s Birthday Honours List for services to advancing the waste and resources agenda.

A leading figure in the sector, Adam has worked tirelessly to support the advancement of the resources and waste management sector, helping it to transition from its traditional roots to assume a vital position at the heart of the emerging circular economy.

Adam’s distinguished professional career has seen him hold a number of senior roles at global strategic, environmental and engineering consultancies including Ricardo, before joining SUEZ recycling and recovery UK in 2017, where he is chief sustainability and external affairs officer.




As president of The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, Adam focussed on championing the skills needed to adequately resource the sector for the future, with his presidential report providing much needed guidance for this rapidly evolving sector as it transitions to more circular solutions.

Since his presidency, Adam has continued to advance the skills agenda, volunteering as chair of the CIWM Skills for the Future Working Group, and as chair of the waste and resource management task and finish group.


A member of CIWM for almost 30 years, his extensive voluntary work for the organisation has also included sitting on and chairing regional committees and membership of the Climate Emergency Strategic Expert Group, which recently published a paper highlighting the vital role the sector can play in mitigating climate change.

Adam spent seven years researching and publishing his PhD on waste management policy failure at Kingston University, which is where his love of teaching, training and mentoring first came to light.

Adam said: ‘I’m honoured to have my work for CIWM and the sector recognised with an MBE and would like to thank CIWM for nominating me. As someone who is passionate about the work our sector does and who values giving back to support those pursuing a career in waste and resources, I’m very proud to have made an impact.”

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