Fresh faces in the boardroom of waste firm

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AN expanding waste management firm has promoted three senior figures to its board of directors.

TJ Waste Group’s operations director John Gosling has become managing director, slotting into the previous role of founder Terry Higgins, who is now group chairman.

Neil Glazebrook, previously transport manager, is director of TJ Transport and Jamie Higgins, who was operations manager, is director of TJ Transport and TJ Waste & Recycling.

The Wickham-based firm has 120 staff, a fleet of 80 trucks and 3,000 business customers across Hampshire, Dorset, Sussex and Surrey.

The senior management change comes as TJ launches two new services – general haulage and night work for road improvement schemes.

Terry said: ‘John, Neil and Jamie have worked tirelessly in helping to build up the TJ Group, ensuring that our customers, from blue-chip companies to the local builder down the street with one of our skips, receive a market-leading service.

‘They are also adept at developing new revenue opportunities to maximise the operational capacity of our fleet of 80 trucks.

‘Given their loyalty, appetite for graft, industry knowledge and understanding of the business, underlined by the launch of general haulage and night work, the directorships signal the next stage of our growth.’

Previously the board of directors comprised of Terry, who founded the company in 1995 with a portable cabin, a telephone and a book of contacts in Havant, and John.

TJ has acquired five articulated trucks for its new general haulage service, working for a number of hauliers who require a helping hand to fulfil customer demand.

In a separate development, the company is supplying 15 vehicles to transport aggregates to and from road improvement sites overnight, including on the A3, A34, A31 and up to the M25.

Meanwhile TJ, which recently signed a three-year partnership deal with Portsmouth Football Club, has been supplying recycling and general waste bins for a range of public events.

They included the Southsea Food Show, the Chichester Festival and the Petersfield Festival of Food and Drink.

The company also supplied 1,100 litre Euro Bins for the Portsmouth International Kite Festival and will supply the Great South Run series of events in Portsmouth on October 26 and 27.

TJ operates four materials recovery and recycling facilities in Portsmouth, Havant, Winchester and Yapton, West Sussex, where recyclable materials from work places and the public events are processed.

There is also a fifth site, a concrete crushing facility at Portfield, Chichester, where TJ recently invested £200,000 in a new crusher to meet intensive industry demand for recycled aggregates.

Terry said: ‘We are at the forefront of an industry that is, at long last, being recognised as an innovator and one benefiting the environment, not diminishing it.’