Group Members


Michael TraceyMichael Tracey
Managing Director
WM Tracey Group

Michael Tracey is a well know innovator and leader in the field of waste and resource management and features in the Top 100 Entrepreneurs in the UK, 2009. Born in 1961, Michael was brought up in Paisley and educated at St Aloysius, Glasgow. On leaving school, Michael joined his father, William Tracey, in the family business and took over the position of Managing Director of William Tracey Ltd in 1984. Throughout this time Michael has been successful in growing the company from a Tyre Recycling business to a multi faceted Waste and Resources company boasting 10 sites and a number of innovative waste processing and recovery plants. The William Tracey Group now turns over in excess of £50M. Michael holds traditional business values and the personable relationships he has with many of his long term customers and suppliers is key to the success of the business.

His positions within the Environmental business community have included a term as SESA Chairman for 4 years and at a national level, Michael sits on the ESA Board who represent the UK’s waste management and secondary resources industry. In addition, Michael is a committee member of the Scrap Metal Association and was Chair of The Wood Recycling Association for the first 4 years of its existence.


Calum MacDonaldCalum MacDonald
Director of Operations

Full Members:

Stuart FraserStuart Fraser
Operations Director
WM Tracey Group
Gary WalkerGary Walker
Principal Policy Officer
Robbie WeirRobbie Weir
Programme Manager
AEA and Zero Waste Scotland

Robbie is a programme manager for AEA Technology and specialises in offering resource efficiency and waste management advice to businesses and public sector organisations. Over the last five years he has managed the Envirowise Scotland programme and later Zero Waste Scotland’s support programme for SMEs. Robbie regularly speaks to business and government audiences on waste and resource management issues and the global threats to raw materials supply arising from unsustainable economic growth. Prior to taking over the running of the Envirowise programme in 2007, Robbie was an officer in the British Army’s Royal Logistic Corps serving in the UK and overseas, particularly in the Balkans. Robbie is a keen canoeist and regularly organises groups of fellow paddlers to help clean up rivers and lochs across Scotland.


Ken McLeanKen McLean
General Manager
Changeworks Recycling

Ken McLean is the founder and General Manager of Changeworks Recycling Ltd, a social enterprise established in 2001 to support Scottish businesses minimise carbon emissions through the delivery of innovative waste and resource management services.

Prior to joining Changeworks he delivered at a senior level in the mineral extraction and supply industry with Aggregate Industries, in the UK and South America. His background qualification is Mineral Resources Engineering, studying at Strathclyde University.


George BurgessGeorge Burgess
Head of Environmental Quality
Scottish Government

George is Head of the Environmental Quality Division in the Scottish Government, a post he took up in August 2011. His responsibilities include waste and resources, radioactive materials, the water environment, flooding and reservoirs, sponsorship of SEPA and better environmental regulation. Prior to this he worked in the Scottish Government on Facilities Management, Criminal Justice, Finance, Devolution and Constitutional Policy and as Private Secretary to the Deputy First Minister. George has an MA in Natural Sciences and a PhD on Electron Microscopy from the University of Cambridge.


Janice Pauwels
Carbon, Climate and Sustainability
The City of Edinburgh Council
George BurgessCharlie Devine
Head of Resource Management
Zero Waste Scotland
Graeme Cunningham
Environment Manager
Clackmannanshire Council/ COSLA
David WalkerDavid Walker
J.R. Adam and Sons

David attended Wishaw High school and Glasgow College of Technology , from where he graduated with a B.A. in business studies. He has been a director of J.R. Adam and Sons (one of the oldest and most respected companies in the metal recycling industry in Europe) for over 20 years. He is a past president of the Scottish Metals Association.


Martin CracknellMartin Cracknell
UK Strategic Development Mananger

Martin started his waste career at London Waste in Edmonton North London. He moved to Scotland in 2006 where he took responsibility for SITA UK’s Scottish operations. His current position is Strategic Sales & Development Manager for SITA UK, he has been with the company for fourteen years in various roles dealing within operations, tendering and infrastructure development. Martin has been an Executive member of SESA for the past seven years.


Martin GreyMartin Grey
Public Affairs Manager

Martin is Public Affairs Manager for FTSE 250 Pennon Group’s resources and renewable energy arm, Viridor.

Working with 96% of Scottish local authorities, public sector bodies and Scotland’s leading businesses, Martin leads communications engagement with UK and Scottish Government, local authorities, media and community stakeholders. Focused on the delivery of the group’s £1.5bn investment in UK ‘next generation’ green infrastructure, Martin also drives communications for the company’s existing £100m Scottish network of recycling led waste technologies.

With over a decade’s experience in politics, public affairs, media and community relations, Martin has led communications programmes on a broad range of national projects for a plethora of FTSE 100 companies in Westminster, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Belfast and across the UK and Europe.

A member of the Scottish 2020 Climate Change Group with interests in a range of corporate, community and charitable initiatives, Martin lives in Motherwell with his wife Nicole and two children.


Delivery Partners:

Ian Gillies
Stuart Greig
Scottish Government
Bernard J Murphy
The Gleneagles Hotel
Colin Paterson
James Withers
Chief Executive
Scotland Food & Drink
Mike Walters
John Lewis
John Mundell
Inverclyde Council
Ross Clark

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