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Suspended Lynn resigns to set up UK-wide recycling giant
'I’ve given four years of my life building Grow up and have left it with contracts lasting five years. I want to protect the brand as best I can'
Trevor Lynn, who has announced his resignation from Mow & Grow and the Grow Organisation
The boss of Mow & Grow has announced his resignation from the company following his suspension.
Trevor Lynn, also joint CEO of a collection of social enterprises offering support, training and community services called the Grow Organisation UK Ltd, has now joined a new company, Think 3E, as its strategic manager. Think 3E was registered as a private company limited by shares in December and aims to establish a UK-wide consortium of specialists in the environmental, education and employment sectors, mainly working in plastic recycling.
One of its directors is listed on Companies House as being Marcus Baldry, the same name as a manager of the Grow Organisation’s ‘Recycle & Grow’ arm. But the Grow Organisation declined this week to confirm whether this was the same person or whether Baldry was still an employee. Lynn also declined to comment.
Social Enterprise reported last week that Lynn had been suspended from his roles with Mow & Grow, the Grow Organisation and as director of the two companies pending the results of an investigation into ‘internal matters’.
Lynn said Think 3E was aiming to be the UK’s largest consortium of recycling, outside of wood recycling.
However, he said he could not discuss the management of the company before its official launch in around six weeks because of ‘clashes’ with the Grow Organisation.
‘I had lots of phone calls from people wanting my services after leaving Grow, but Think 3E stood out because it has the same vision for social change as me,’ Lynn said.
‘It’s a new organisation and the senior management team has years of experience in the recycling field. It’s a smaller set up than Grow at the moment, but there are huge opportunities for me and the public, private and third sector.’
Lynn added that he left Grow because of ‘fundamental differences in opinion on strategy’.
But he said: ‘I’ve given four years of my life building Grow up and have left it with contracts lasting five years. I want to protect the brand as best I can.’
Alex Cosgrove, who was joint CEO with Lynn of the Grow Organisation UK Ltd and remains in post as CEO, declined to comment further on the status of the investigation.
She said: ‘The Grow group is committed to continue to expand using the successful models.’