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David Burton


Managing Director

From his launching of the first paperbanks in the UK thirty years ago David has been at the forefront of innovative recycling solutions

  • Launched the first Electrobanks™ in the UK in 2010
  • First paperbanks in the UK in 1984
  • First alternative weekly collection system in 1995
  • First reverse logistics for recyclables from supermarkets
  • Instigated the UK Buy Recycled Programme

Outside of his professional life he has been pro-active in a range of environmental initiatives now adopted as mainstream and is recognised as a visionary strategist.

In 2003 he decided to merge his commercial and green approaches to life by creating Strateco – acknowledged as one of the most innovative and leading waste and recycling solutions provider – with no vested interests in any operational waste management or recycling companies. The client comes first.

Maggie Furmanek

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Finance Director

Previously Senior Financial Accountant at Vickers Aerospace Maggie joined Fulwood Ltd in 2001 and held the post of Finance Director until December 2005. Fulwood had a £15 million turnover with 120 employees manufacturing and exporting dairy machinery. Following a year taken out to travel she joined Strateco in December 2006.

As well as ensuring the smooth running of Strateco Maggie is also responsible for operating the finances of several business centres associated with the company. While Maggie is a professional accountant she participates in and has a hands-on approach in strategic decision-making and client interfaces.

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Louise Hughes

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Louise graduated in 2008 from Aberystwyth University with a degree in BSc (Hons) Geography. Louise gained valuable knowledge from modules relating to Environmental Management, Environmental Law, Development and Environment, Techniques and Ecology of Land Rehabilitation.

Her current work at Strateco includes active client interfaces at operational levels, business development and advising clients on current environmental legislation with a particular focus on waste and recycling.

Alison Holme

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BSc (Hons) AIEMA

Alison graduated in 2010 from Lancaster University with a degree in Bsc (hons) Geography. Studying modules on Society and Space and Globalisation has equipped her with a strong knowledge of how society interacts with its environment. Alison is currently involved with helping companies fulfil their obligations under Producer Responsibility legislation.

Gareth Roberts


BA (Hons)

Gareth graduated in 2000 from Staffordshire University with a degree in BA (Hons) Media Production. Through his work in industry over the intervening years he has extensive experience and in-depth knowledge of logistics and has strong customer service skills.

As logistics co-ordinator Gareth is responsible for the organisation of the collection and recycling management services of Strateco.


Carl Krüger

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Carl Krüger has been working in the environmental field for 20 years and has had an association with Strateco since its inception. Carl has a Master’s Degree in Environmental Technology and, within the building products industry, managed environmental and risk issues across over 200 sites worldwide.

Following his MBA, which majored on strategic identification of opportunities, he joined the newly created Strateco until 2012 – focusing on a range of industrial and environmental waste recycling activities and compliance legislation.

Carl now runs the Oxford Quality Centre – a consortium of over 80 consultants across the UK that help install, audit and outsource work on a wide range of certified Business Management Standards such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and many others.

While Carl’s current activities are focused on quality issues he remains a key contributor to Strateco’s portfolio of solutions.


Peter Mansfield

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Senior Associate
BSc(Hons), MCIWM, MIEnvSc

Peter has been involved in the environmental field for over 30 years. During that time he has worked for the Glass Industry and local government, where he established a variety of national and local waste management programmes. From there he moved to a major mill group within the Paper Industry. Peter was responsible for helping to develop and manage all of their recycling operations which included servicing over 120 local authority contracts, running a kerbside collection service to over 3.2 million homes as well as their 5,000 strong multi-recycling bank operation. Peter helped set up LARAC (the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Council), has sat on many national committees, spoken at numerous conferences during his career and has been responsible for pioneering numerous initiatives.

In 2007, he left AbitibiBowater to set up his own environmental consultancy. Peter has been a long standing colleague and in 2009 he entered into a strategic alliance with us at Strateco – becoming our Senior Associate.

Stephen Allen

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BA(Hons) MEd DipHI DipNDEA

Stephen has wide business experience from working in valuation, HM Customs & Excise, education, insurance and manufacturing.

He is a certified surveyor with SAVA and his initial work focused upon residential properties on behalf of local authorities and housing trusts. Survey work included asbestos, decent homes standard, heating and hot water systems and buildings. The majority of his work is now focused on non-domestic Energy Performance Certificates (EPC), which are required when a commercial property is built, sold or rented. He has carried out hundreds of EPC surveys and certifications which set out the energy efficiency rating of the building and, most importantly, gives key recommendations to increase energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions.

Nick Monether

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Having studied energy crops as part of his HND in agriculture over 20 years ago Nick has a hands-on agricultural background focused upon practical solutions. He has worked on the National Energy and Environment Helpline, represented Government Departments in the support of sustainable energy practice and overseen the funding of Projects totalling several millions of pounds. After driving Nottinghamshire County Councils’ Wood Heat Project forward and developing wood pellet boiler alternatives he joined distinguished heating equipment manufacturer Hoval to take their renewable energy products to market. Nick is a renowned sustainable energy consultant with expertise in biomass energy and is a registered Low Carbon Consultant and member of CIBSE (Chartered Inst. of Building Engineers).

Colin Jacobs

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FTC Prod E, HNC Mech Eng.

Colin has been a management consultant for most of his career, firstly in the leisure industry with Granada and, following that, with 3 major consultancy firms. In the last 18 years Colin has been concerned with the development and management of consultancy services to both the private and public sectors that are associated with community services, wastes management, grounds, building and highways maintenance. In recent years Colin has been specifically concerned with wastes collection and some disposal schemes, preparing tender bids, undertaking options analyses, operational and financial modelling for recycling schemes development, the management of procurement processes or undertaking tender evaluations. Colin is particularly interested in contributing towards a sustainable environment and is heavily involved the management of sustainable procurement processes including assessment, procurement strategy development, document preparation and tender evaluations.

Oxford Quality Centre

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A consortium of over 80 consultants based across the UK that help install, audit and outsource work on a wide range of Business Management Standards. The Oxford Quality Centre is run by Carl Kruger – a former director of Strateco and former Project Director of B2B Compliance.

The standards covered include ISO 9001 Quality, ISO 14001 Environment and OHSAS 18001 Health & Safety as well as a wider range specific to different industry areas: AS9100 Aviation, ISO 17025 Laboratory Competence, ISO 13485 Medical Devices, TS 16949 Automotive, PAS 141 Electronics Reuse, FSC/PEFC Timber Chain of Control and many others.

If you need any advice on how to go about attaining compliance to a standard, please feel free to contact us via the Oxford Quality Centre website.

Strateco support staff

Jeanette Burton

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Accounts Administrator & Personnel

Jeanette is a founder member of the Strateco team and has worked for the Company since its inception in 2003. From an early grounding in banking she is responsible for accounts, payroll and personnel issues.

Chris Martin


Accounts Administrator
B.A. (Hons)

Chris is AAT qualified and currently studying towards the CIMA Operational level. As Accounts Administrator he provides a range of financial and systems support to the company. He is also our in-house IT expert.

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