Lee has spent over 20 years in the waste management industry after graduating with an Environmental Technology degree from the University of Sunderland. He started his career at Woking Borough Council before dipping his toe in the private sector as a Contract Manager dealing with all of the waste generated by British Airways at Heathrow and Gatwick airports. Lee returned to local government in as Waste Services Manager at Coventry City Council before moving to Stratford District Council as Head of Street Scene and then across the border to Wales having various roles in Powys County Council. Lee left Powys in 2012 and spent time in the in the private sector in consultancy roles before taking up the post of Chief Executive Office with LARAC in April 2014. He is also a Non-Executive Director of OPRL Ltd. On top of the day job he has been chair of the South East Regional Recycling Forum and a member of the Buy Recycled Campaign national steering group back in the 1990’s. This led to more involvement with LARAC where he served as a member of its Executive for ten years. During that time he held the roles of Technical Officer, Vice Chair, and Communications Co-ordinator before leading the organisation as Chair for four years until January 2009. Lee served on two government advisory panels, one on packaging and the other on waste electrical equipment. In both instances he was the only local authority waste officer on the panels. He has a Masters degree in Public Administration.