About the Executive Briefing
Waste – and how we deal with it – has become an issue of massive significance right across Europe. Reducing the amount we send to landfill, alternative treatments and the impact on the environment will continue to challenge legislators for some time to come.
This session will focus on the implementation element of the strategy and will provide an overview from a range of perspectives.
About your workshop leaders:
Waste – and how we deal with it – has become an issue of massive significance right across Europe. Reducing the amount we send to landfill, alternative treatments and the impact on the environment will continue to challenge legislators for some time to come.
Central and Local Government are working together to deliver Northern Ireland’s Waste Management Strategy, a key strand of which is to deliver waste infrastructure to meet stringent diversion targets set down in the EU Landfill Directive. The waste PDSU has a key role to play in this process.  

Oonagh Warke

Head of Strategic Waste Infrastructure Team, Department of the Environment Northern Ireland.

Oonagh leads the team responsible for implementation of the Department's waste infrastructure strategy. She is a graduate of Queens University, Belfast, and University College, Dublin, and has extensive experience of developing policy and strategic direction-setting in support of large scale, public infrastructure projects.

Oonagh has previously been responsible for developing legislation and policy in a broad range of environmental areas, including Producer Responsibility, the Aggregates Levy Compliance Scheme for Northern Ireland and Towards Resource Management, the Northern Ireland Waste Management Strategy 2006-2010.

Her talk will cover the key legislative drivers in policy making for waste infrastructure, and overcoming some of the barriers to successful implementation.

Ciaran Cunningham

Communications Manager, Waste Progranme Delivery Support Unit

Ciaran provides strategic PR, Communications and Marketing advice to Northern Ireland’s Waste Management Groups.

A graduate of Queens University Belfast, he has almost 30 years experience in his chosen field. He lectures, on a part-time basis, at Belfast Metropolitan College where he teaches a post-graduate course in PR, Marketing and Advertising.

His areas of expertise include strategic communications planning, internal communications and Corporate PR.

Prior to joining PDSU, Ciaran was Government Marketing Manager at BT Northern Ireland.

Noel Scott

Planning Advisor

Waste Programme Delivery Support Unit

Noel joined PDSU in February 2007 as a secondee from DOE (NI) Planning Service where he was the principal Planning Officer responsible for all waste planning and planning applications in the Province.

His role is to keep DOE/SIB informed on planning issues and to help create a competitive bidding environment:

-by advising Waste Management Groups on the planning processes that can expedite key infrastructure projects through the regulatory system; and,

-by giving potential private sector suppliers knowledge of and confidence in these arrangements

He has considerable knowledge of waste planning in NI, the related waste planning and implementation being carried out by local government assisted by the DOE (NI) and the associated organisational networks.

Noel is a graduate of Queens University Belfast and holds an MSc in Planning and an M.B.A from the University of Ulster at Jordanstown.

Workshop programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 The NI Waste Management Strategy

Oonagh  Warke

Oonagh Warke , Head of Strategic Waste Infrastructure Team, PDSU - Waste

  • Overview
  • Legislative drivers
  • Ensuring strategic fit
  • 9:30 Communications Overview

    Ciaran Cunningham

    Ciaran Cunningham, Communications Manager, PDSU - Waste

    10:00 Coffee

    10:30 Policy Implementation

    Oonagh  Warke

    Oonagh Warke , Head of Strategic Waste Infrastructure Team, PDSU - Waste

    11:30 Internal Communications

    Ciaran Cunningham

    Ciaran Cunningham, Communications Manager, PDSU - Waste

    12:00 Q & A session

    12:30 Close


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