CIWM recognises the value in a wide diversity of voices and viewpoints in all that we do, and that embracing this approach will ensure CIWM, and the wider sector, is even more successful. 

CIWM is fully committed to equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) through all of its operations and activities, and to educating and encouraging good practice in this area among members and throughout the resource and waste sector as a whole.

We also recognise that the workforce of the future will be a diverse one, and we want to reflect both our members and the communities we serve.

You can find more about CIWM’s EDI policy here.

CIWM's EDI working group

CIWM has established an EDI working group to support the creation of an EDI strategy which covers the policies in our organisation, guidance to our members and collaboration with the wider sector. 

The strategy is currently being developed and you can read below how you can get involved. The strategy will be presented to the CIWM trustee board in January 2022.

CIWM notes the specific challenge regarding how the success of the EDI working group is measured, as there is no readily available data to use as a frame of reference. With this in mind, we will also be conducting a sector-wide EDI survey in the autumn (2021) to better understand what success looks like. 

Working group members

Wayne Hubbard – ReLondon / CIWM Trustee
Dan Cooke – Cornwall CC / Chair GC
Liz Parkes – CIWM Trustee
Rachel Stewart – Clearpoint Recycling
Beverley Simonson – ReLondon
Jackson Smith – Skanska
Kristy Spindler – South Gloucestershire Council
Dhiran Chauhan – BCP Council
Sophie Walker – Dsposal
Adam Read – Suez / CIWM Trustee
Gurbaksh Badhan – Buckinghamshire Council
Harriet Parke – Eunomia
Craig Burman – Schofield Sweeney
Gill Mulroe – Suez


EDI announcements and events


Share your experiences of EDI in the resources and waste sector in this short survey - deadline 20 October

New CIWM Equality, Diversity and Inclusion group to work towards real change

National Inclusion Week (2021) with CIWM

Diary dates

Upcoming focus groups (more to follow):

Disability focus group: 15 September 14.30pm – 16.00pm 

Gender focus group: 
13 September 1.00pm – 2.30pm

LGBTQ+ focus group: 
14 September 10.00am – 11.30am

Age and Social Mobility focus group: 21 September 14.30pm - 16.00pm

Ethnicity focus group: 
30 September 10.00am – 11.30am

General Inclusion: 
30 September 1.30pm – 15.00pm

Please note: there may be limited space available.

EDI focus groups

The EDI working group has established a number of focus groups that will bring attention to specific areas of EDI, including:

General inclusivity 
Social mobility 
Sexual orientation (LGBTQ+)

The purpose of the focus groups, at this stage, is to widen the reach of the EDI working group, to listen and get feedback from our members, and to understand the varying voices through each specific diverse lens, on what CIWM and the sector as a whole can do to improve EDI.

CIWM members can also head over to CIWM Connect’s dedicated EDI category to take part in or begin discussions with other CIWM members on any topic relating to EDI. 



Please email Anna Havard to register your interest in taking part in further EDI focus groups or for any further information.