Media Release: New Scottish recycling MD for Viridor

Paul Brown Viridor

VIRIDOR, the leading recycling, resources and renewable energy company, has announced the appointment of Mr. Paul Brown as its new Scottish regional managing director – effective from February 1.

Moving from a senior role at Scottish Power Energy Networks, Mr Brown will head the Scottish recycling and resources division of a company investing £500m in Scotland.

The news is a major appointment for the company, which works with 96 per cent of Scotland’s local authorities and has recently been appointed as ‘preferred bidder’ on the £700m Clyde Valley Residual Waste Partnership.

The post of Scottish regional managing director will play a key role in the development of the Scottish business, transforming Scottish Government zero waste policy into practice.

Commenting on his appointment, Mr Brown said: “This is an exciting time to be joining Viridor at the forefront of creating a more resource-efficient and sustainable UK, and I’m delighted to be leading efforts to realise Viridor’s vision for Scotland.

“By working with the team, clients, Scottish Government, and local communities, we will do our best to ensure a greener and more circular economy for the country.”

Ian McAulay, chief executive of Viridor, commented: “We’re delighted to welcome Paul to our team. This is a critical time for resources and renewable energy policy in Scotland, including the delivery of our Scottish infrastructure projects. Paul brings a wealth of experience from within Scotland and overseas and will make a real contribution to our business.”

Mr Brown, who has degrees from both the University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University, will bring over 25 years’ experience in infrastructure and energy to the position, having worked in a variety of roles in the UK and the USA across a number of sectors.

Prior to joining Viridor, Mr Brown was the network connections director for Scottish Power Energy Networks, responsible for securing over £200m of annual investments.

In that capacity, he drove the improvement of the customer service, commercial, and regulatory performance of the 2,700-strong company which has bases in Scotland, England and Wales.

Former regional managing director, Colin Paterson, will continue to provide strategic leadership and the management and development of high level relationships in Scotland.


Notes to editors:


  • Part of the FTSE 250 Pennon Group, Viridor’s purpose is to give the world’s resources new life.
  • Every day, Viridor takes what British homes and businesses throw away and transforms it into essential quality materials, resources and energy for customers across the UK and globally.
  • Viridor works in partnership with over 150 local authorities including 96% of Scottish councils. It supports public bodies including NHS Scotland, National Museums of Scotland, Scottish universities and colleges and supports Scotland’s leading businesses including Scottish Power, RBS, BAE Systems and Coca Cola Enterprises.
  • The company is investing £1.8bn in vital low carbon infrastructure and has the UK’s largest network of 327 advanced recycling, energy recovery and landfill diversion facilities.
  • In addition to its £100m Scottish network of recycling-led technologies, the company has announced £357m of Scottish investment in the last twenty-four months including:
  • £177.4m Energy Recovery Facility (ERF), Oxwellmains, East Lothian
  • £154m Glasgow Recycling & Renewable Energy Centre (GRREC)
  • £25m UK’s most advanced Glass Recycling Facility, Lanarkshire
  • £300,000 flat-screen TV recycling line at its £23m E-Waste Recycling Hub, Perth
  • £180,000 Dry mixed recycling upgrade at its £11m Materials Recycling Facility, Bargeddie.
  • Viridor embodies the circular economy, managing over seven million tonnes of recyclates and resources each year, of which 2.4 million tonnes are recycled. With seven energy recovery facilities and four more under construction across the UK city-regions, Viridor currently produces enough energy to power over 330,000 homes.
  • Viridor makes a substantial contribution to the green economy through investment in people and skills, employing over 3,200 people at 318 facilities. In addition to professional, fast-track graduate, skilled, apprentice and new entrant programme, the company operates a foundation management degree and delivered 5,887 training days in 2014/15.
  • Viridor leads technology and innovation in the sector, investing in progressive opportunities such as the DECC sponsored Viridor and Highview Power energy storage project and the UK’s most advanced glass recycling facility, using technology to give resources new life.
  • Viridor is a leading member of the Green Alliance Circular Economy Task Force, the All-Party Sustainable Resources Group and holds a three star ranking in the Business in the Community Corporate Responsibility Index.
  • Viridor has won a series of national and international awards including the National Recycling Award for Local Authority Innovation; Best Private Sector Initiative at the Scottish Resources Awards; CIWM Award for the Best Run UK Waste Management Facility; the Industry Award for Excellence for Design of a Recycling or Waste Management Facility and the CIWM Resource Learning & Development Award for Education.

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