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John Bland (North West)

07 September 2018

John has been Chair of Groundwork, Bolton, Bury, Oldham, and Rochdale (BBOR) since 2014, and has overseen the transformation and diversification of the business during that tenure form one that was very reliant on the now-defunct Work Programme, to one based on a wide range of sustainable set of work areas.

John is keen to see BBOR have a central role in ensuring that individuals are given the maximum opportunities to meet their full potential, mature and become valued members of society, as well as ensuring that work in our traditional environment areas continues to be a central plank of the way we support the communities that we serve. It is that environment aspect that first drew John into this role from his then day job as Treasurer and Deputy Clerk for the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority (GMWDA)

On a personal basis, John has recently retired from full time working having spent 41 years in local government. During that time John has worked with the UK's largest waste disposal Authority since its creation in 1986 and became its Treasurer in 2002. Initially, he carried out the role alongside his position of Director of Finance at Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council. In 2008 John had a pivotal role in the letting of GMWDA's private finance initiative (PFI) contract and took on a full-time role for the GMWDA Authority. Since his involvement at GMWDA at a senior level in 2002, John has played a pivotal part in driving forward recycling rates across Greater Manchester - currently delivering 46% household recycling and 88% landfill diversion for the nine districts of Bury, Bolton, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Saltford, Stockport, Tameside and Trafford.

Since retiring John has been able to commit more time to the Groundwork cause and is very much hoping to be able to offer his experience in assisting in the currently on-going change programme and repositioning of Groundwork UK. 




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