Mr John Ferguson OBE BSc(Eng.) BA MA CEng FICE MIMechE FCIWEM FCIWM (b. 1927) worked at the Greater London Council’s (GLC) Department of Public Health Engineering from 1966 as a project manager for the Edmonton waste-to-energy plant and other capital developments for waste infrastructure. In the 1970s he was Head of the Design and Development Division of the Department, then its Deputy Director. From 1982 he was General Manager of the GLC’s Waste Management branch of public health engineering, until the Council’s dissolution in 1985. He was appointed the Director of the new London Waste Regulation Authority in 1986, and worked there until its incorporation into the Environment Agency. In 1996 he became Chair of the Thames Regional Environment Protection Advisory Committee, and served until 1999. He was President of the Institute of Wastes Management (now CIWM) from 1990 to 1991, and of the International Solid Waste Association from 1998 to 2000.