Thriving in The 'Age of Acceleration': Explore the programme

Hear from Government representatives, business leaders, industry experts and pioneers as we explore the topic of 'change' in this free-to-attend, two-day event. Explore our programme below which is packed with thought-provoking keynotes, lively panel debates, practical case studies and in-depth presentations.

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Day 1

09.30 – 11.00 - Delivering a circular economy in the age of acceleration – What role will policy reform play in creating a more resource-efficient society across the UK over the next five and thirty years?

In an era of rapid change, what does the direction of travel mean from an operational perspective and what opportunities will the new regulatory regimes create over the next decade? What are the next generation of circular economy drivers? What’s missing and what new challenges might policy-makers have to address beyond 2030? In this session, we’ll explore where the wider world is heading in terms of sustainability and what the UK will need to do in order to lead the way.

Keynote speaker: Dr. Adam Read, CIWM President and Director of External Affairs SUEZ

Policy updates from:
  • Chris Preston, Deputy Director Resources and Waste, DEFRA
  • Colin Breen, Director, Environmental Policy Division, DAERA
  • David Warren, Head of Circular economy Policy Department, Welsh Government

Panel discussions with:

Robbie Staniforth, Innovation and Policy Director, Ecosurety

  • Jacob Hayler, Executive Director, Environmental Services Association
  • Paul Vanston, Chief Executive, INCPEN
  • Emma Beal, Chair of NAWDO
  • Nick Voulvoulis, Imperial College
  • Dr. Adam Read, CIWM President & External Affairs Director, SUEZ

11:00 – 11:45  - Break

Refreshments, networking and exhibition viewing.

11:45 – 13:00 – Critical skills for the future – What future skills and roles will be essential to our industries in a rapidly changing world?

As we adjust to support Government’s decarbonisation objectives, circular economy systems and green-recovery business models, what skills will be necessary to support these initiatives? What is the role of diversity in adapting to change and how can we make our sectors more diverse? Through presentations, case studies and a panel Q&A, this session will provide you with the opportunity to assess your own skills needs and empower you to develop them. 

Presentation: Skills for the Future – Dr. Adam Read, CIWM President and Director of External Affairs SUEZ


  • Reuse and Repair - Cat Fletcher, Co-Founder & Media Director, Freegle UK
  • Systems Thinking - Anthony Painter, Chief Impact Officer, RSA
  • Communications and Behaviour Change - Dr Darren Perrin, Head of Waste and Resource Management Business Development and Growth, Ricardo
  • Data and ICT - Jamie Warmington, Anthesis

Panel discussions with:

  • Claire Shrewsbury, Director Insights and Innovation, WRAP
  • Louise Parry, Director of People & Organisational Development, Energy and Utility Skills

13:00 - 14:00 – Lunch

 Delegates will be invited to discuss and complete an online questionnaire over lunch exploring questions introduced in previous sessions.

14:00 – 15:30 – How will rapid technological and societal change affect health and safety across recycling, waste management and circular economy industries? 

The last 18 months have been challenging for all of us – but what are the mental health implications of rapid change and prolonged uncertainty, and how can the recycling and waste management sector prepare to address this for the future? Through a series of presentations and a panel discussion, this session will consider the technological advances that will shape the health and safety profile of the sector over the next 10 and 30 years and what barriers may need to be overcome in order to implement them.

Presentation: First Aid for Mental Health - Simon Richardson, Director, GoldenTree CIC

ESA H&S programme overview - Sam Corp, ESA 

Panel discussions with:

Dr David Greenfield, Visiting Professor of Circular Economy, University of Brighton 

  • Rainer Rehn, Zen Robotics
  • Mikela Drukman, Greyparrot
  • Chris Jones, WISH

15:30 – 16:00 - Break

Refreshments, networking and exhibition viewing.

16:00 – 17:30 – How can all actors across the economic value chain collaborate effectively to deliver a more resource-efficient economy and change for the better?

This session will open with case studies exploring innovation and policy drivers facilitating collaboration across the value chain, the role of data and digital materials tracking, and how EPR will foster greater collaboration. Our panel will then debate how all parts of the value chain can operate as one system and who will lead and coordinate these collaborative efforts. 

Presentation: Data and Waste Tracking - Taryn Clements, Green Compass
Presentation: The Role EPR Might Play in Breaking Traditional Silos – Paul Vanston, Chief Executive, INCPEN

Panel discussions with:

Colin Church, IOM3

  • Robert Thompson, Packaging Manager, Co-op
  • Taryn Clements, Green Compass
  • Viki Cooke, Founding Partner & Chair, Britain Thinks
  • John Coates, LARAC
  • Simon Rutledge, Biffa
  • Tracy Sutton, Root
  • Simon Ellin, Recycling Association
Closing remarks: Dr. Adam Read, CIWM President and Director of External Affairs SUEZ

17:30 – 18:00 - Drinks reception 

Day 2

09:30 – 11:00 - Change in response to the climate emergency - Exploring the role the circular economy must play to help the UK meet its Net-Zero Carbon targets

In this session, we’ll look at what it will take for the recycling and waste management sector to reach Net Zero, ask whether the circular economy and Resources & Waste Strategy agendas align with efforts to decarbonise, and debate whether there is sufficient leadership from central Government.

Keynote speaker: Tom Heap, Freelance broadcaster and journalist


  • ESA Net Zero Strategy - Jacob Hayler, Executive Director, Environmental Services Association
  • Stuart Hayward-Higham & Bilal Ahmed

Panel discussions with:


Claudia Jaksch, Policy Connect

  • Steve Read, Adept
  • Rachel Espinosa, Principal Consultant – Resource Efficiency & Waste Management, Ricardo
  • Claudia Jaksch, Chief Executive Officer, Policy Connect
  • Stuart Hayward-Higham, Net Zero Teesside 
  • Jaycob Hayler, ESA
  • Bilal Ahmed, BP

11:00 – 11:45 - Break

Refreshments, networking and exhibition viewing.

11:45 – 13:00 - How will technological change and innovation contribute to circular-economy ambitions by 2050?

This session will look at how our sector can harness technological acceleration to achieve its circular economy and net-zero ambitions and the work that is currently underway in this area. We’ll also debate what technological transitions will be needed for our operations in a climate change context, both to mitigate the effects of climate change and reduce carbon, and learn from others through a series of short case study presentations.

Presentation: Fibre-to-Fibre Textile Recycling- Dr Alexandra Lanot, Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Novel Agricultural Product, University of York

Moderator: Steve Lee

13:00 – 14:00  - Lunch

Delegates will be invited to discuss and complete an online questionnaire over lunch exploring questions introduced in previous sessions.

14:00 – 14:15  - Speech from Parliamentary Under Secretary of State 

Speaker: Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Jo Churchill 

14:15 – 15:30 - How will consumer behaviour shape positive change to more sustainable business models and what role will consumers play in the success of the Circular Economy?

In this session, we’ll explore consumer confidence in recycling; what consumption trends have been accelerated by the forces of climate change, the UK’s trading arrangements post-Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic; and where responsibility falls for promoting sustainable consumption. Through a combination of presentations and a lively panel debate, we’ll delve into what our daily lives will look like between 2040 and 2050, posing the ultimate question: What must we all do differently?

Presentation: Public Confidence in Recycling - Paldeep Bhatti, Head of Research & Policy, INCPEN
Presentation: What Will Change For Consumers Under RWS? – Sarah Clayton, WRAP

Panel discussions with:

Moderator: Julie Fourcade, FCC

  • Trewin Restorick, Founder and CEO, Hubbub
  • Margaret Bates, Executive Director, OPRL
  • Martin Kersh, FPA
  • Denise Ward, Tesco
  • Martin Kersh, Foodservice packaging association

15:30 – 16:00 - What’s changed?

There will be many opportunities for you to lend your voice to the discussion and feed into the debate throughout the conference. In this short session, we’ll be asking for your thoughts on everything you’ve heard from the sessions and sharing your key take-aways and insights.

Closing remarks: Dr. Adam Read, CIWM President and Director of External Affairs SUEZ

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