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Material Change has 6 Composting sites across the Midlands and East of England and currently operate 7 Anaerobic Digestion plants.

They provide PAS:100 quality assured compost, mulch and bark products to Landscapers, Gardeners, Local Authorities and agricultural grade PAS:100 compost to Farmers.

The AD sites produce 6.9MW of renewable electricity and over 1550m3/h renewable gas to grid with private wire sales to multiple local businesses.

Material Change has green waste recycling facilities at Creeting St Mary in Suffolk, Decoy Farm in Lincolnshire, Faldo Farm in Bedfordshire, Haynes in Bedfordshire, Helmdon in Northamptonshire and Maids Morton in Buckinghamshire.

Material Change Directors

Ed Bastow

Managing Director

Ed 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.

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.

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.

Charles Course

Charles Course


Charles manages all of the Heathpatch operating companies and brings a huge depth of business experience and excellent agricultural connections.

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

James Buckle

James Buckle


James takes an active interest in all the businesses.

He spends a lot of time in the voluntary and charitable sectors where he currently chairs the Porch Project and is a Deputy Lieutenant of Suffolk.

He has previously been Chair of the Suffolk Community Foundation, Vice Chair of the East Anglian Air Ambulance and High Sheriff of Suffolk.