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We recognise that people are our most important asset and together we strive to provide an unrivalled service for our Customers and to meet and exceed the needs and aspirations of our employees.  We have worked hard to engender a positive and open culture amongst all staff. We all thrive off each other in our friendly environment – where hard work and commitment are mutually expected and recognised.

Our commitment is recognised and monitored through our Investors in People (IIP) accreditation. We strive to ensure that all members of staff have the skills, knowledge and qualifications to provide the leadership, motivation and monitoring required to deliver the quality of services required for all customers. By gaining IIP accreditation, the business is justifiably proud of the commitment and recognition of all its employees.

Training and development of employees is tailored to suit their specific role. Each training session and visit is followed up by a feedback form so that the business can assess if each individual feels the training was relevant and appropriate to their job. We see the training and development of colleagues to be an absolute priority. Continued commitment to the teams helps not only engage people but gives them the confidence and enthusiasm for the industry and our customers to offer a service of excellence.

Acumen is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified candidates regardless of gender, gender identity, race, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief.

Executive Team

Kris Sutton - Finance Director

Kris has over 20 years of experience within the finance and accountancy field. Kris’ early career was with Leeds CF&A as a Trainee Accountant, followed by 12 years with one of the largest independent media agencies in the UK. Kris joined Acumen as Finance Director in 2012 and has held this role throughout this period. Kris is qualified as Charted Accountant MCMA, an Accounting Technician MAAT and is an Investors In People (IIP) Internal assessor.

Leon Kirk - Chairman

Leon has over 35 years of direct industry experience having started his career working for a fledgling multi-disciplined hazardous waste and industrial services business. The business grew from 5 employees to 75 employees, before being acquired by a national PLC waste management business. Leon joined Acumen in 1996, subsequently holding various management and director positions before being appointed Managing Director in 2011. Recognising the importance of succession planning and, following 2018’s MBO, Leon transitioned his role to Chairman.

Andy Crossley - Managing Director

Andy joined Shanks Group Plc straight from University in 1998 in their landfill business, gaining experience across the midlands region, most notably as site manager of Calvert Landfill, a >1Mt per annum rail-fed landfill in Buckinghamshire. In 2003, he joined privately owned Buckingham Group Contracting in their fledgling remediation business and, for just short of a decade, worked with the team to grow the business to >£200M revenue, rising to General Manager of their Land Regeneration business. In 2013 Andy joined Acumen, to provide complementary skills to the leadership team working throughout all areas of the business and in 2018 succeeded Leon Kirk as Managing Director as part of the MBO. Andy holds a B.Eng (Hons) in Civil Engineering from Leeds University; is a CEnv Chartered Environmentalist; is a MCIWM Chartered Waste Manager and holds WAMITAB technical competence in Haz Landfill, Haz Transfer and Haz Treatment.

Senior Leadership Team

Adam Hindson – Director of Compliance

ahindson@acumenwaste.co.uk

Lauren Hill – Technical Director

lhill@acumenwaste.co.uk

Peter Lohan – Commercial Director

plohan@acumenwaste.co.uk

Matt Mears – General Manager, ClearWater

mmears@acumenwaste.co.uk

Acumen Academy

Acumen understand the requirement of succession management and development of talent, which is why we established the Acumen Academy. The Acumen Academy is designed to provide a seamless career path for emerging leaders. Our main priorities are to bring varied workplace exposure, alongside defined training to allow individuals to develop a versatile, fully rounded, professional skillset. Every individual is different, but each person’s progression plan is structured to include a defined timeline and progress plan, alongside measurable targets and goals. The Acumen Academy allows us to develop talented individuals into suitable roles as the business expands, whilst creating a dedicated and committed workforce, ensuring the future success of the Company.