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Our team has unrivalled experience of organics recycling with broad operational experience across the country to deliver a premium service for our customers. We are also supported by the BGF and its team of investors to help grow our operations throughout the UK.


BGF was established in 2011 to help Britain’s growing smaller and medium sized businesses. Backed by five of the UK’s main banking groups – Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds, RBS and Standard Chartered – BGF is an investment company that provides growth capital for ambitious entrepreneurs running high growth companies.

In August 2015 BGF invested £2.2m in Keenan Recycling to support expansion in the Central Belt and its ambitions for growth throughout the UK. 


Managing Director

Grant Keenan

Grant is the Managing Director of Keenan Recycling.  He started a firewood business when he was 19, since then diversified into garden bark and in 2001 began recycling garden waste. Grant is a Chartered Waste Manager, former Scotland EY Entrepreneur of the Year and currently sits on the Board of Elevator and Dial-a-Bus. Previous Board appointments include Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce, Aberdeen Forward, Association For Organic Recycling and he was a Centre Councillor for the Chartered Institute of Waste Management.  He was previously Chair of BENE (Business Environment North East) and ORG (Organic Recycling Group).

Operations Director

Gregor Keenan

Gregor is Operations Director and joined the company in 2004. He is responsible for site operations, processing and development and has expertise in composting operations and Biofuel production.  Gregor is a member of the UK Compost Certification Scheme’s Technical Advisory Committee, Research Panel and Market Development Working Group.


Collections Director

Claire Keenan

Claire is the company’s Collections Director, shareholder and fully qualified Transport manager and she joined the company when it was a small garden bark business in 2001. In 2003 the company diversified into organic waste recycling and Keenan Recycling was born. In 2014 Claire took over the Transport and Logistics arm of the business, which specializes in food waste collections. After a private equity deal with BGF, Claire headed up the expansion of food waste collections into the central belt and in 2018 took the company into England. Now operating from 9 Depots across the UK, Claire oversees collections nationwide.

Finance Director

Ritchie Clark

Ritchie joined the company in 2016.  Having trained as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte, he gained significant corporate finance and M&A experience through his previous roles as a Director within Investment Bank, Simmons & Company, and the Bank of Scotland’s Acquisition Finance team and its debt and equity investment arm, Integrated Finance.


Mel Keenan

Mel is an Executive Director at Keenan Recycling. As a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development, he takes a keen interest in the Company’s main asset, our people. He was formerly Chairman at RGIT Montrose and also Chairman at Montrose Park Hotels Ltd. Mel’s previous posts include membership of the Oil Industry Advisory Committee to The Health and Safety Executive, The  Employment Appeal Tribunal, Chairman of the Sea Fisheries Training Council and Chairman of The EU Committee on Safety and Social Aspects in Sea Fisheries.


Jim Clark

Jim is the Chairman of Keenan Recycling. He is a serial entrepreneur with over 250 investments since 1982 and c£120m of exits since 2007. He is an experienced Non-Executive Director with a broad range of management skills and five years previous experience as a Main Board Director of a listed PLC. He has a current portfolio of business interests, servicing over 3000 customers and a comprehensive understanding of mechanics relating to business law, accountancy and banking.

Board Member

Richard Pugh

Richard joined BGF in August 2011 and is based in Aberdeen. His role is to identify and successfully execute investments for BGF then work with portfolio companies to support their growth plans. Richard has 10 years’ experience in investments into small and mid-sized companies. This was initially as an adviser at PwC where he was involved in over 30 corporate and private equity transactions in the UK and overseas and since 2011 at BGF, where he has been involved in seven investments so far, with a particular focus on oil service companies.

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