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Edition No. 172

Date:- 23 October 2004

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GREEN POST GROWS UP FOR TONY SCOTT

NOT many people turn their personal interests into a profession - although many of us would like to - but that is exactly what's happened to Tony Scott, newly appointed Waste Minimisation Officer at Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority.

The 45 year old is a former environmental consultant, who has used his spare time to help found the Roby Community Composting Scheme near his home in Knowsley. He also co-authored the 'Ecological Footprint of Liverpool', published in 2001 and recently worked on the development of the Merseyside Community Recycling Forum, so nobody could be better placed to know the ecological and environmental issues that affect Merseyside.

"We're currently involved in a major effort to boost recycling in Merseyside, so we needed someone with strong knowledge of the area who could hit the ground running,"
says Cllr John Fletcher, Chairman of MWDA, "Tony will be involved in the implementation of the Authority's Waste Minimisation Strategy".

Tony, who is married with three children, began his career in the construction industry, before taking a degree in environmental science & policy at Liverpool John Moores University. He then completed an MBA in environmental management at the University of Liverpool.

"It always helps to work in an area that you enjoy and I'd certainly say I'm at one with the environment,"
says Tony, "I have my own allotment, where we process garden waste from the community recycling scheme, as well as being involved in a number of nature conservation projects.

Tony will working in partnership with the region's five district councils to help ensure that efforts to reduce waste and increase recycling are co-ordinated."

Chief Executive Sails Round the World to Save Children

MARK Sutcliffe, Chief Executive of Strategic Leisure Limited is participating in the Clipper 05 to 06 Round the World Yacht Race in his quest to gain money for charity.

Mark is seeking sponsorship for his intrepid exploits and he aims to raise £30,000 for two children's charities, UK based Children with Leukaemia and Operation Smile-Vietnam. 

· The 05 to 06 Race is Clipper Ventures' fifth round the world yacht race. A fleet of 10 new 68ft boats will race over 30,000 miles in seven legs between September 2005 and July 2006. 

· Following the incredible turnout of over 80,000 people in Liverpool, to welcome home the boats in the 2002 race, the next event will both start and finish in Liverpool. Mark is doing two legs, leg five from China to the West Coast of America via Japan and the final leg from the Caribbean to Liverpool via the East Coast of America, a total of over 10,000 nautical miles. Participation in a round the World race is the ultimate sailing challenge and not for the faint-hearted as Mark found out at a recent week-long training session!

"As a total novice I found being out at sea for days at a time in a thoroughbred racing yacht an awesome experience not to mention a very steep learning curve. After two-days we were hit by a force nine gale that lasted for almost 24 hours. Being out on the bow changing a sail in 25 foot swells was a massive physical and mental challenge. I know now how tough the race will be. For a large proportion of the time I will be cold, wet, tired and hungry… but it's all in a good cause!" 

While Mark is away sailing his wife, Rachel will be left at home looking after his children (two teenage boys) and the Strategic Leisure business where she is also a Director. In recognition of this huge commitment Mark was keen to let her choose one of the recipient charities. Her choice was Children with Leukaemia, as she points out;

"Leukaemia claims more young lives than any other disease in the UK. The incidence of childhood leukaemia is increasing, and it is vitally important that research can continue to be undertaken to improve understanding of the disease, and the factors that cause it, so that more children can be helped to survive, and have a future. Having experienced the consequences of cancer in my own family and friends, I want to help in the fight against leukaemia, to enable more children to experience a happy and active childhood, free from this devastating disease."

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