Viridor will welcome Mr Inder S Poonaji on 1 September 2015 when he officially takes up his position as Director of Sustainability and Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (SHEQ).Recognised as a leader in his field of sustainability and change management, Mr Poonaji joins the company following seven years working with Nestle – the world’s leading nutrition, health and wellness company – where he was Head of Sustainability, leading 8,000 staff across 18 UK sites and working internationally prior to that.In his new role he will be responsible for developing and implementing strategies and policies to meet the highest possible safety, health, environmental and quality standards across the company and to ensure sustainability is at the forefront of all business decisions.He will also lead a major change management programme to achieve these objectives.
Speaking of his appointment, Mr Poonaji said:
“I am excited to be joining Viridor and believe my knowledge and skills will complement the industry-leading work the team is already doing in areas such as the circular economy, recognising the value in material and resources and fulfilling the company’s purpose of giving the world’s resources new life.”
Simon Catford, HR and Regulatory Director from Viridor commented:
“The knowledge and experience Inder brings to the business, together with the talent and skills we already have within the company, will confirm Viridor’s position as one of the UK’s leading recycling, renewable energy and waste management companies.
Set to be a key member of Viridor’s Executive Management Team, Mr Poonaji will be responsible for driving sustainability, safety, environment and quality across the business employing 3,000 staff over 329 sites. In addition to his main job, he will continue to guest lecture Surrey University, other universities and maintain his voluntary work.
Mr Poonaji holds a Masters in International HR; BA HONS Political Economy; Post Graduate Diploma in Sustainability, Certificate in Education, Post Graduate in Training Strategy as well as a number of additional professional qualifications.