Key appointments at Circular Economy Task Force and WRAP

Sue Armstrong-Brown has been appointed as the new chair of the Circular Economy Task Force; taking over from Julie Hill who has become the new chair of WRAP.

Armstrong-Brown, who also works as the head of conservation policy at RSPB, is set to lead the Task Force – a business-led group convened by the Green Alliance – into a ‘new and ambitious phase’.

“I’m excited to be joining an initiative at the leading edge of thinking on resources at a stage when it has such potential to transform how we consume, innovate, and reduce business and environmental risks,” said Armstrong-Brown.

The new chair will be responsible for overseeing the work of the Task Force; to tackle the causes of poor resource productivity in the UK. Its work up to the 2015 General Election will be looking at the role and influence of government institutions and the reforms necessary to bring about a step change in the UK resource management.

Previous Task Force analysis has shown that poor recycling systems alone are losing the UK £1.7bn a year and action is needed by government to solve the problem

WRAP’s new chair

Meanwhile, Armstrong-Brown’s predecessor Hill will be appointed as the new chair of the WRAP Board of Trustees at the next WRAP Board meeting on 19 November. She succeeds Peter Stone, who will retire at the same meeting.

Commenting on her appointment, Hill said: “WRAP’s staff have a track record of great authority, insight and the ability to turn ideas into action. This, combined with their powerful recycling and food waste consumer campaigns have helped to transform the way we think about waste and resources in the UK, and I am delighted to be joining an organisation that’s making such a difference.

“WRAP is at the forefront as these debates move forward and I am very much looking forward to working with Liz Goodwin and her executive team on that journey.”

WRAP chief executive Liz Goodwin added: “Julie Hill is highly respected for shaping thinking around resources and the circular economy, and is passionately committed to WRAP’s vision of a world in which resources are used sustainably. WRAP has achieved much already and Julie will be helping us to put our exciting plans for the future into action. “

Luke Nicholls

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