The Business Environmental Support Scheme for Telford

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Steering Group

BESST is led by a private sector steering group, comprising Ricoh, DENSO, Simmonsigns, Epwin Group, Lyreco, Environment Agency & Best Western Valley Hotel, which ensures as a network we meet our member’s needs.


Andy Whyle – Ricoh Products UK , BESST Chair

Andy started woking at Ricoh in 1986 and became Environment Officer at Ricoh in 2001, Vice-Chair of BESST in 2002 and Chair in 2006 and represents Ricoh, BESST Steering Group and network members in many areas of the sustainability arena and continually raises the profile of the network locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

Representing BESST at Telford Business Board , Chairing the West Midlands Green Business Clubs  and being a Top 50 Green Leader are just a few of Andy’s achievements, all of which can be viewed on LinkedIn



Joint Vice-Chair:  Manel Roura – Lyreo

Quality, Safety and Sustainability Manager at Lyreco.  Previously Manel has been responsible for the environmental performance of the Denso Telford site, where the most notable achievements  Manel made were the development of the eco-garden, zero-waste to landfill and implementing resource efficiency measures.



Joint-Vice Chair: Mark Simmons – Salop Holdings

Mark was made a Director of Simmonsigns in 2003 and as a member of the Institute of Directors gained his diploma in Company Direction in 2006. His latest professional development achievement was to become a Licensed Business Practitioner of Neuro–Linguistic Programming.

When BESST was first launched in 1997 Mark was proud to be there and also at its 2006 re launch, in 2007 accepted the position of Vice-Chair looking after the interests of the small to medium sized members. Mark is now proud to be Group Development Director of Salop Holdings



Mark Anderson – Ricoh

Mark is currently the department manager responsible for all maintenance activities on Ricoh site in Telford. Mark Joined BESST in 2011 when he assumed line management responsibility for energy reduction and environmental activities on Ricoh site, utilising his qualifications in excellence assessing, management, quality management and health & safety. Mark is also a governor at BRJ Catholic College in Wellington.



Sally Pridding – Best Western Valley Hotel

BEST WESTERN Valley Hotel in Ironbridge is the first hotel in Shropshire to be awarded the coveted Gold award, under the Green Tourism Business Scheme, for demonstrating excellence in environmental practice. Sally joined the BESST Steering Group in 2013, and brings a wealth of experience to supporting the network by representing the hospitality sector



Martin Booth – DENSO

Martin is a  trained lead auditor in quality, environmental, health & safety, ethical & social accountability management, and has managed high profile company quality and environmental campaigns in continuous improvements, waste minimisation and energy management with associated legislative compliance. Martin is also experienced in community programmes, local government committees, environmental interest groups & stakeholder survey



Jaclyn Kitson – BESST Coordinator

Jaclyn has coordinated BESST’s activities since 2011 and recently completed an IEMA Internal Auditing Course. Jaclyn’s background is purchasing in the automotive sector and now adds event and network mangement to her skills base. Currently working towards a Level 4 Diploma in Business and Administration, she is also looking to further her career into the environmental sector.



Paul Nelms – Epwin Group

As Group Environmental Manager, of the Epwin Group, Paul has been heavily involved in the Group’s drive towards sustainability in the plastics industry. Paul fully participated in a European initiative, jointly organised by The Natural Step and the Blekinge Institute of Technology, entitled “Leading Change for a Sustainable Chemicals Industry”, the aim of which is to promote best environmental practice throughout the key players of the plastic industries supply chain.

Paul’s project work within the Group includes rainwater harvesting and zero waste to landfill. As a member of the BESST steering committee, he plays an active role in promoting best environmental practice and supporting businesses that wish to develop and improve their own environmental core skills.


Paul Hayward – Environment Agency

His work for the Environment Agency has enabled Paul to present at BESST’s Annual Legislation Update events to keep our members informed about the legislation that affects their business. BESST have recently been selected by the Environment Agency to pilot the inaugural Blue Business Award which is being awarded in November 2015.


Telford BESST. Mark Simmons, c/o Simmonsigns , Stafford Park 5, Telford TF3 3AS Tel: 07758 603064

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