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Gover, who currently holds the position of operations director at WRAP, will officially take up the new role on 30 June, replacing Goodwin, who is stepping down after nine years as chief executive.

“I’m absolutely delighted to be chosen to lead WRAP – an organisation with a history of success and a bright future,” Gover said. “To create a world where resources are used sustainably requires action, and that is where WRAP’s focus will continue to be.

“I look forward to working with a great team, a new and ambitious board, and diverse range of partners and stakeholders across our work. I’m also honoured to be taking up the baton from Liz – a great CEO, whose insights and expertise has taken WRAP to new heights.”

Having joined WRAP in 2007, Gover has been instrumental in helping with WRAP’s transition into a leading charity at the forefront of the circular economy. Gover has worked in the environment sector for over 25 years, in the UK and abroad. During this time, he has held a wide range of roles including managing a water engineering company, running an outsourced waste management operation and setting up an office in China. Prior to joining WRAP, he was the commercial director of a start-up renewable energy company.

‘A great CEO’

WRAP’s chair Julie Hill said: “After a full external process, the Board has appointed Marcus.  He has the combination of skills, experience and total commitment needed to lead WRAP as it expands its reach and influence.”

Goodwin, meanwhile, has not confirmed a new role. She has previously stated that she will continue to work “in an indirect way” with WRAP in the future, telling edie that she is “committed to trying to ensure this is as positive an exercise as possible, so that everybody benefits”.

Speaking of today’s announcement of Gover’s appointment, Goodwin said: “I’m delighted that Marcus will be the next CEO of WRAP. We have worked together for many years and I know he is passionate about the issues WRAP works on as well as caring deeply about WRAP and its staff.

“I am confident he will lead WRAP through the next stage of its development and on to further success. WRAP is a great organisation and Marcus will be a great CEO.”


WRAP at edie’s Resource Revolution conference

WRAP’s Richard Swannel will be speaking about ‘why a national aproach is needed for a resource revolution’ at edie’s upcoming Resource Revolution Conference.

Taking place on 5 July, the edie Resource Revolution Conference provides resource management, sustainability, waste, product, supply chain and design professionals with tools they need to rethink their approach to resource use and waste outputs, drive organisational efficiencies, behaviour change and profitability, and effect a revolution in their company’s sustainability credentials.

Find out more about the Conference and register to attend here


Luke Nicholls

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