Jim is currently Non-Executive Chairman of RiverRidge, since September 2016, an investment supported by the Business Growth Fund and Augean plc, since 2012. He has also been a non-executive Director of Mar City Homes, since July 2016. Jim has considerable experience in the waste sector (since circa 1997) and has also worked within manufacturing, having held several senior roles within these sectors. He was CEO of the UK business of FCC, a leading Spanish construction business, following its acquisition of Waste Recycling Group (WRG) in 2006 from TerraFirma Capital Partners whom Jim worked with from 2003 during their initial acquisition of WRG. Jim was an Executive Director of Shanks plc and also CEO of SCAID Capital, whose main business was Willerby Holiday Homes a manufacturer of holiday homes for the leisure sector.
Brett Ross is the CEO of RiverRidge Holdings and a director of Full Circle Generation Limited. Originally from Zimbabwe, Brett was a graduate from Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa. He began his career at Coopers and Lybrand in Harare, before joining the Crest Breeders International Group in 1994. Brett developed the company’s grain and feedstock procurement division while representing the company as a founding member of the Zimbabwe Agricultural Commodity Exchange. Brett exited his shareholding in Crest Breeders International shortly after it was listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange via Farmers Co-Op Limited in 2000. In 2003, Brett and his family relocated to Ireland where Brett joined the London based derivatives trading company, CTC Traders Limited. He spent a number of years trading short term interest rate futures before acquiring Coleraine Skip Hire and Recycling Limited (later to be renamed RiverRidge Holdings Limited) in 2011 where he assumed the role of CEO. Since the acquisition, Brett has grown the company substantially as well as driven the £107m project to build Northern Ireland’s first large scale waste to energy facility. Brett is married to Marie-Louise and has 3 children.
Cecil joined RiverRidge as Corporate Operations Officer in August 2017. Having served with Bombardier for 23 years, he left as Operations and Plant Engineering Director. Cecil’s experience lies within the renewable energy industry having delivered the largest solar farm, the largest biogas project, and the largest energy from waste facility for Bombardier. The latter alongside RiverRidge. Cecil is married to Angela and they have three children.
Tony joined RiverRidge in May 2013, he is responsible for the day to day operations of the Group across all of the treatment sites and transfer stations within Northern Ireland. In 2007, Tony qualified from University of Ulster with a BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying and prior to joining RiverRidge, worked for Patton Group and ChandlerKBS as a Quantity Surveyor. Both roles saw Tony involved in major infrastructure and construction projects across the province and England. As a Quantity Surveyor Tony was responsible for project delivery, contract administration, cost/revenue reporting, procurement and subcontract management. Tony lives in Coleraine with his wife and two children.
Michael joined RiverRidge as Finance Director in January 2018 and has accumulated over 25 years’ experience, having worked for some of Northern Ireland's leading manufacturing companies. Michael qualified from Liverpool John Moores University with a BA (Hons) in Accountancy and Finance before going on to work for Moy Park, Mivan and Glanbia. After returning from working in London for Glanbia, Michael joined Brett Martin in 2001, where he was the Group Financial Controller for the £150m+ entity before joining RiverRidge. Michael lives in Portadown with his wife and children.
Gavin joined RiverRidge as Engineered Fuels Manager in July 2016, having been involved in Material Processing and Recycling since 2002. A key area of his expertise is the production and supply of alternative fuels into energy intensive industries throughout Europe. He has also extensive experience in International Markets and Contract Management. In July 2019, Gavin was appointed a Director of RiverRidge Resources Ltd, part of the RiverRidge Group. A key function of the new role is the management of the fuel supply contract into Northern Ireland’s first gasification plant, Full Circle Generation. Gavin enjoys watching and playing football and is married with three children.
Patrick joined BGF in March 2012 and is based in Edinburgh. Patrick heads up the Investment team covering the central belt of Scotland and Northern Ireland. Patrick has 15 years’ investing and corporate finance experience leading investments into over 30 businesses. Prior to BGF, Patrick was Investment Director at Sigma Capital Group, where he focused on providing development capital into the general tech and clean tech sectors across the UK and Europe. Patrick began his career at Deloitte & Touche, working in the financial services team as well as the corporate finance department specialising in SMEs. Patrick has an honours degree in Law from Edinburgh University and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. He is married with two children and lives in Edinburgh.