Leading sustainability businessman Mohammed Saddiq to chair Bristol Green Capital Partnership CIC
30th September 2016
Independent chair appointment an important step forward for Bristol Green Capital Partnership
A businessman, whose sustainable and innovative ideas have included powering homes in Bristol on gas produced from sewage and inedible food waste, has been appointed as the independent chairman of the Bristol Green Capital Partnership.
Mohammed Saddiq, managing director of GENeco – a Wessex Water subsidiary – has taken on the voluntary role and will chair the partnership’s board from October 2016.
The Partnership was originally founded in 2007 with an initial group of 12 organisations, and by 2015 had grown to include more than 800 member organisations, across the business, public, charities and community-based organisation sectors. In 2014 the Partnership formed as a Community Interest Company and is playing a key role in ensuring that the work done in the lead up to and during Bristol’s year as European Green Capital in 2015 is carried forward.
Mr Saddiq helped to bring interest from around the world to the city last year when his company GENeco launched the first poo-powered bus, which ran on biomethane produced at Bristol sewage treatment works.
The Bio-Bus provided a service in the city during Bristol’s European capital year and attracted interest from environmental organisations and the Government due to the benefits it bought in reducing carbon emissions. The same gas used in the bus was also injected into the natural gas network to power more than 3,000 properties in Avonmouth and Shirehampton.
The outgoing chair of the Partnership, Professor Jim Longhurst from the University of the West of England, Bristol, said: “I am very pleased that Mohammed has accepted the Board’s invitation to become Bristol Green Capital Partnership’s first independent chair. I join my fellow directors and our executive team in congratulating him. We look forward to Mohammed joining us, an important step forward in our organisation’s development as we work to realise a sustainable city-region for all.”
The board that Mohammed will chair is made up of senior representatives from major city organisations alongside two directors elected from the Partnership’s wider membership. This continues a process of the Partnership’s development following the appointment of a new chief executive in June 2016.
Mr Saddiq said: “I am delighted to accept the offer to become the first independent chair of Bristol Green Capital Partnership.
“I look forward to helping drive forward the sustainability agenda about which I am passionate. Together, the Partnership’s directors, executive team and more than 800 member organisations will make a leading contribution to our vision of a sustainable city with a high quality of life for all, and to ensure all the good work of Green Capital year ‘doesn’t stop here’.”
Mr Saddiq brings strong business experience from more than 20 years working in senior engineering and management positions in the water and waste industry. He oversaw the formation and has been managing director of GENeco, part of the Wessex Water group, helping to deliver its vision of carbon neutrality and zero waste to landfill by 2020.
Ian Townsend, chief executive of Bristol Green Capital Partnership CIC, said: “I look forward to working closely with Mohammed in his new independent chair role. This is a great time to be joining us, as we work towards our vision through enabling our members, delivering on projects and leading on sustainability debates in the city. Mr Saddiq’s business experience will be a great asset to the Partnership and help us to build even stronger links with organisations in Bristol and the city region.”
To read more about the Directors and executive team at Bristol Green Capital Partnership CIC, visit our company page.
Organisations, groups and business that support our vision of a sustainable city with a high quality of life for all are invited to become members of the Partnership: http://bristolgreencapital.org/about/green-capital-pledge.
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