Richard Kirkman

Veolia UK & Ireland

An environmental engineer, Richard is responsible for Veolia’s Technology and Innovation, Material Sales, Combined Heat and Power, Fleet and External Affairs.

He is a member of the UK Plastics Pact, Council for Sustainable Business and leads the UK research and innovation activity. An avid promoter of progressive resource management, Richard is driven to ensure this generation protects the interests of the next.

In his role, Richard supports Veolia’s growth ambitions overseeing the planning and construction of new infrastructure to which the company is committed to a £1 billion investment over the next five years and the administration of commodities, such as energy (electricity and heat) and materials (recyclables and compost).

His technology team is focused on thermal development, fuel and energy, MRF and food grade recycling, biological treatments and ‘best in class’ sector innovation. Major initiatives include pioneering treatment facilities at Dagenham (plastics remanufacturing), Rainham (plastics sorting and St Helens (glass cullet supply).