‘Father’ of Colnbrook incinerator retires after ‘distinguished career’

The ‘father’ of Grundon’s controversial super-incinerator at Colnbrook Lakeside has stepped down from the company after 31 years’ service.

Retiring CEO Richard Skehens (left) and Norman Grundon, chairman

Retiring CEO Richard Skehens (left) and Norman Grundon, chairman

Richard Skehens has retired from his position as CEO of Grundon Waste Management, the company announced last Friday.

Speaking about Richard’s retirement, chairman Norman Grundon listed his ‘achievements’:

“After our very first acquisition of Thorney Farm, where Richard managed to get planning for landfill, house building and subsequently a golf course. He made many more land deals to build our property based assets to what they are today.

The highlight of Richard’s distinguished career was gaining planning permission for the development of the Lakeside Energy from Waste facility in Colnbrook – which from start to finish has been his baby.

Richard became chairman of the Environmental Services Association during their 50th anniversary year and has served the waste management industry with both experience and enthusiasm.

Richard will be staying on as a non-executive director of Lakeside and Carbon8.

Norman Grundon added:

“Personally I have very much enjoyed working with Richard and have trusted is judgement and ability to add value to any land acquisition that we have ever made, and will always be in his debt for encouraging and developing one of the largest growths in our company’s history.

“We wish Richard and his wife Wendy a very happy retirement. I know that Wendy will be hoping he does a lot of fishing to keep him out of the house!”

Mr Skehens will no doubt be remembered in Colnbrook in a very different way.

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