Meet the Team

Our experienced, service-orientated team are here to assist

Tony Hughes

Tony has worked in the Waste and Recycling industry for over 38 years and many of those in the processing of waste into fuel products. Tony has worked for EMR, Sita Uk and LKM Recycling and has established these businesses into a customer focused, fuel generation cultured businesses.

He is very passionate about the industry he works in and is fully committed to helping both large and small companies turn waste into commodities. His philosophy is that all materials discarded can become either a recycling material or a fuel generation commodity. He believes there will be a shift in requirements in the next 10 years, where waste will be the fuel for the electricity that the country will need to keep evolving.

Tony’s values are in the team of people around him, he is fully committed to helping all of those in any business he has worked in succeed in what they are looking to achieve, Tony feels very proud when he can help the younger generations become successful people.

Tony is very ambitious and is building a company where the employees will say they are proud to be a part of and enjoy going to work.

Sean Murphy

Sean has been involved in the recycling industry for over 10 years and has worked with both small SME businesses and the multi-nationals.


Aside from the business of recycling he has been a successful director in a EMEA marketplace for services and in his younger days, a regional manager of one of the UK’s largest electrical retail chains. His experience in dealing with all levels of business and with Foreign Governments, both in the UK and abroad is extensive.


Sean took time out in late 2007 to train and become a fully qualified commercial helicopter pilot and achieved his life-time ambition in 2010 when he was awarded his ATPL(H) commercial licence.


He decided to ground his feet back on (Pro)Terra Firma to start his family and return to the industry which he knew best when he arrived back in the UK in 2013.

Yvonne Curtis

Yvonne is one of four directors within Proterra Recycling, Yvonne has been with the business since it’s conception and has been an integral part of helping the business get where it is today. She has excellent skills when introducing systems and process for controlling all the admin across the business, liaising with internal and external customers in a very professional and courteous manner.

Yvonne has 16 years’ experience working in the public sector, face to face with the public where she gained her very calm and professional manner. She has worked at all levels of management and been involved in introducing many systems and process for improving the businesses she has worked in.


Yvonne is the main contact within Proterra on all administration tasks and ensures all companies we work with are paid to terms and that we deliver a fantastic credit control process.

Yvonne is a very keen walker, enjoys holidaying around the world and has a fantastic family network, including 5 fantastic granddaughters.

Hellen Hamilton-Murphy

Hellen’s experience lays outside of the recycling industry but has always been customer focused. She was a Director of a large corporate events and hospitality company based in Kent. As such, her skills in people management and her approach to working with our customers is essential. Her organisational skills and attention to detail bring a huge value to ProTerra and indeed to our valued customers who have the pleasure in working with her.


Outside of work Hellen dedicates her time in bringing up her son Myles and tidying up after her husband, which apparently is an on-going mission.

Patrick Solly

Patrick has a wealth of experience and knowledge is the sales world, having spent the last 40 years in this industry. Pat has been in the recycling industry for a while now but previously worked for Ventaxia for many years selling air conditioning and dust extraction systems. He loves engaging with our clients and has a vast array of knowledge on all topics and is never happier than when he is talking with them about our services and how we can help them.


Patrick has a passion for Harley Davidson Motorcycles and is often seen out on the open road at weekends meeting fellow enthusiasts at bike meets around the country. Who would know that such a lovely man, with that cool, calm and relaxed exterior, was actually a biker boy.

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