Judith Harper has provided interim Client Manager services to Stoke-on-Trent City Council. The council provides waste services to over 113,000 households in the city and manages some 85,000 tonnes of waste and recyclables.


Stoke-on-Trent is a city that is changing rapidly. The city council is a local government authority which provides over 450 services to the residents of Stoke-on-Trent. The waste service covers over 113,000 households.

The Assignment
Waste and Resources Projects (WARP) seconded Judith Harper as Interim Waste Infrastructure and Strategy Manager at Stoke on Trent City Council for 14 months during 2014-5. The assignment addressed:…

1. Day-to-day management of the waste management service including budget control and project implementation
2. Policy and Strategy development
3. Procurement of infrastructure and recycling contracts
4. Treatment via the Hanford EfW contract
5. Development of commercial opportunities.
6. Operational management of waste management contracts


stoke-on-trent-2 Judith managed a team of five during
a transition period at Stoke City Council
and held strategic responsibility for all
Stoke’s municipal waste, involving the
treatment and disposal of some
85,000 tonnes per annum of waste
via EfW, recycling, in-vessel composting,
and landfill.  This includes a major 25-year
contract with the Hanford Energy from
Waste plant and, two household waste
recycling centres.

She was tasked with addressing key
contract issues and increasing recycling
and composting rates
above the current level of 37% whilst
reducing contamination of the recycling

Judith also undertook the project
management of the DCLG funded
‘Weekly Waste Collection Scheme’
– a feasibility study for
development of a MRF and fuel
preparation plant, anaerobic
digestion and review of the
collection and recycling system
involving reversion to weekly