Dan Cooke, FCIWM, is an experienced environmental and communications professional. His current responsibilities include overseeing the delivery of the Tamar Valley AONB’s Five-Year Management Plan with its themes including Environmental Quality & Climate Change, Place and Landscape Character, Planning and Development, Partnership, and Governance.

Dan’s career in the waste and resources sector spans 30 years, including roles in the local authority, environmental charity and private sectors. This includes 21 years within the Pennon Group, including most recently as Group Head of Sustainability and previously as Director of Regulatory Affairs and Director of External Affairs at Viridor. 

He’s also proud to have worked as a bin man, sewers and drains operative, and street sweeper for district and parish councils in his early career.

Dan is the current Chair of CIWM’s Trustees Board, and is past Chair of CIWM Communications Committee. He is a serving trustee of Viridor Credits Environmental Company Ltd and of the Carymoor Environmental Trust.

You can read Dan's Presidential report here .

Tim is currently the Chief Executive of the arc21 local authority partnership in Northern Ireland, a role he has held since 2019.

Prior to that, he headed up waste management at Belfast City Council for over two decades. Tim is currently on the Board of Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful and CIWM as a Trustee. He is also a Visiting Research Fellow with Queen’s University Belfast looking at the Circular Economy, a member of the DEFRA Advisory Committee on Packaging (UK) and sits on the Department for Economy Circular Economy Coalition (NI).

He has several professional and academic qualifications and regularly returns home from walks with more than a handful of rubbish.  

David is MD and founder of SOENECS, a research and innovation practice he established in 2014. SOENECS provide strategic research, advice, training, solutions, chairing and facilitation on the topics of circular economy, environmental auditing, waste & resource management. 

In 2021, David was appointed as Professor of Circular Economy at the University of Brighton to lecture and work with academics to incorporate circular economy into the curriculum.

In 2022, David became one of four founding Partners and the Urban Miner at etsaW Ventures, a venture studio with proven expertise, world-spanning networks and focused business resource turning circular economy innovation into game changing impact. The business model is to seek, activate and scale the best ideas that ignite circularity. 

In 2020, David Co-founded Tech-Takeback, a not-for-profit company that collects end of life electricals from householders in Brighton & Hove using an on-demand face-to face collection; called “RevaluElectricals”, powered by The ZeroNet. Tech-Takeback won the 2021 Business Green Leaders award for Circular Economy and has been shortlisted for 4 National Recycling Awards.

David is in addition non-executive Chair of the CIWM Enterprises Board, NED of Biohm, Trustee and Director of Freegle, a member of the Exeter University CE Hub Executive Management Group (EMG), Government Adviser to IUK, DEFRA and MHCLG and advisor and past chair for the Local Authority National Waste Network Chairs (WNC).

Anna is a Partner at gunnercooke and has been practicing environmental law for over 10 years. Prior to becoming a lawyer, she was an environmental consultant for 5 years advising on environmental permitting, hydrogeological risk assessments and EIAs, after completing her PhD in landfill engineering.

Anna has been a member of CIWM for over 20 years, having joined when she was a student. She became a Fellow seven years ago and is vice chair of the CIWM Regulatory Special Interest Group, as well as centre chair for the East Anglian Centre Council. 

Among Anna’s many CIWM hats, she is also Professional Development Network co-ordinator for the East Anglian region. 

She is also Co-Convenor for the UK Environmental Law Association's Waste Working Party.