Meet the Team

Meet the Team


Ed Bastow

Managing Director

Ed Bastow is Managing Director of Material Change having joined the company in 2007. Ed has 25 years’ experience in the waste industry, including the construction and operation of transfer stations, landfill sites and composting sites. He has represented compost producers on WRAP/REA boards looking to increase the use of compost in agriculture. Ed is COTC qualified in landfill, composting, transfer, Anaerobic Digestion and biological treatment, has a degree in Civil Engineering and an MBA from Cranfield University. He is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Wastes Management and of the Society for the Environment. Spare time is for family, sailing and cycling.

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Hannah Miles

Director – Legal and Human Resources

Hannah qualified as a lawyer in 1998 and worked in the City for 9 years for leading law firms Clifford Chance and Reed Smith, specialising in contract/commercial litigation and maritime law. She has an MA in Law from Cambridge University. Hannah joined Material Change August 2005 and has seen the company grow significantly in this time. Hannah provides legal advice to Material Change and the wider Heathpatch Group and is involved with negotiations and contractual arrangements for the company. Hannah also provides Human Resource advice and guidance to the Heathpatch Group. In her spare time, Hannah writes cookery books and is County Longbow Champion.


Nick Clements

Finance Director

Nick is the Finance Director for Material Change and responsible for all financial matters within the business and also provides financial support within the wider Heathpatch group. Nick is an accountant with over twenty years’ experience gained in the profession before transferring to commerce. Nick has fourteen years’ experience in the Waste Management and Recycling industry, including six years as Divisional Company Accountant for Waste Recycling Group, a FTSE 250 company with over 100 sites across the UK. Nick also worked as Finance Director for a Waste Management and Skip Hire business with 4 sites based in Cambridgeshire. Nick is a keen motoring enthusiast and particularly enjoys following the BTCC.


Clive Carr

Area Manager

Clive has nearly 30 years’ experience in the waste management industry at all levels from Engineer to Managing Director, where he managed Waste Recycling Group’s Eastern Division for 6 years. Clive has an MBA, a B.Sc.(Hons.) in Civil Engineering and Level 4 CoTC qualifications (with Continuing Competence) in Treatment, Transfer and Landfill.

Clive oversees the management of our Creeting and Decoy sites, processing collectively nearly 100,000 tonnes per annum of green waste, focusing on a high standard of performance at the sites and is continually looking for opportunities for business development and expansion. He manages contract relationships with numerous Local Authorities ensuring that high quality services are delivered to meet the Authorities’ recycling needs. Clive is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Wastes Management and of the Society for the Environment.
Clive is a keen runner and has completed 3 marathons to date. Running with his dogs and wife are his favourite pastime.

Sam Wicks

Technical Manager

Sam Wicks is Technical Manager of Material Change having joined the company in 2018. Sam has previously worked in the waste industry, with experience in MRF, MBT, Landfill and IVC. Since graduating from the University of Surrey with a BSc in Management, Sam has gained qualifications in Process Safety and Lean six sigma. Sam provides support to the AD and Compost operations, with a primary focus on performance improvement within the AD side of the business, responsible for sustainability and Investor reporting.

In his spare time, Sam goes to the gym, enjoys sailing and being outside.

Guil Steyn

Anaerobic Digestion Plant Manager

Guil joined Material Change in 2013 as the compost site Manager at Helmdon and then transferred to manage the Helmdon Anaerobic Digestion Plant during construction and commissioning, working closely with technical providers. Since the plant has been operational in 2015, his role involves day to day operations of the Helmdon Anaerobic Digestion Plant; ensuring maximum operational profits and introducing new Health & Safety systems.
Guil has many years’ experience working in agriculture both in the UK and overseas. Guil enjoys spending time with his family and friends and enjoys watching Rugby, playing golf and enjoys Fly Fishing.

Andrew Riddington

Feedstock Manager

After finishing his education at the Royal Agricultural College, Andrew went on to manage a mixed farm of 650acrs. In 1988, he joined the family owned farming business and after 2 years, he set up a composting business. During 2015, Andrew started construction on 45ac of Solar PV, an AD plant, 25ac greenhouse facility and a biomass boiler. Andrew has over 20yrs experience in agriculture as well as running his own composting business. He has a WAMITAB – level 4 qualification and is a non-executive director of East of England Showground Services. He enjoys spending time with his family and watching all sports whilst partaking in tennis and golf. Andrew is also a Justice of the Peace and a Deputy Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire.


Jo Fitzpatrick

Quality and Compliance Manager

Jo Fitzpatrick has been employed by Material Change since 2006 and brings with her years of extensive experience in contract management, negotiation, business development, compliance and internal auditing. Jo is responsible for ensuring all our sites remain compliant under planning, permitting, PAS100, ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.


Charles Course

CEO of Heathpatch Ltd and Chairman of Material Change

Charles set up Material Change Limited in 2002 after leaving Bidwells as an equity partner.

Heathpatch Ltd is a Suffolk based farm business with a significant property portfolio, equine centre, hotel and multiple other commercial interests. He manages all of the Heathpatch operating companies and brings a huge depth of business experience and excellent agricultural connections.


James Buckle

Director of Heathpatch Ltd and Director of Material Change

James is a non-executive director representing the parent company, Heathpatch, a company that he set up in 1997.

Most of his time is spent in the voluntary sector where he chairs the Suffolk Community Foundation and the Porch Project.

He has recently stepped down from Vice Chair of the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

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