Meet the ESA Team

Jacob Hayler - ESA Executive Director 


Jacob joined  from the City in 2005 as an Economist, and has spent most of the past 10 years focused on developing market-focused policies that combine environmental and economic sustainability. Jacob has retained responsibility for policy relating to finance, tax, carbon management, contracts and energy from waste.


Sam Corp - Head of Regulation


Sam leads on a wide range of regulatory initiatives within ESA, including the sectors’ role in tackling waste crime. He is currently managing the ‘right Waste, right place’ campaign to raise awareness of waste Duty of Care.


Stephen Freeland - Policy Advisor / SESA Co-ordinator


Stephen  role as policy advisor is to help inform the development of H&S and environmental policy on behalf of the industry. As SESA co-ordinator, Stephen looks after policy, regulation and engagement with the Scottish Government.


Libby Forrest - Policy and Parliamentary Affairs Officer


Libby is responsible for policy on energy from waste, organics recycling, and tax. She also seeks to raise the profile of the industry in Parliament, and engage political stakeholders in all areas of resources and waste policy.


Jakob Rindegren - Recycling Policy Advisor / WESA Co-ordinator


Jakob's focus is on Welsh, UK and EU policy issues relating to recycling of dry recyclables and biowaste, including recycling targets, producer responsibility, food waste collections etc.  


Toni Waters - Communications and Membership Officer


Toni manages the ESA communications channels with trade and national press, social media and member companies. She also manages all full and associate ESA Membership applications, and is the main point of contact for member companies.


Anita McCarthy - Office  Manager


Anita manages the ESA reception and the meeting room bookings.  She is the first point of contact at ESA. She is hands on with the day to day running of the offices and assists the Policy Team when required with administration.