2022 Speakers

Dr Adam Read, CIWM President and External Affairs Director, SUEZ

Adam is an External Affairs Director at SUEZ Recycling & Recovery UK ltd, responsible for government engagement, and stakeholder engagement.

Adam has been in the resources sector for over 20 years; first as a local authority recycling officer, then as an academic and lecturer. 

Dr Anna Willetts, Senior Vice President, CIWM, Partner, gunnercooke     

Anna is an environmental criminal lawyer, specialising in defence work in the waste and recycling industry.  She is dual-qualified, having completed a PhD in geochemistry and worked as an environmental consultant before qualifying as a lawyer. 

Anna represents waste and recycling businesses and directors who are prosecuted by the regulators for environmental and waste offences. She has been a member of CIWM for over 20 years, is a Trustee of the Institution and Senior Vice President.  She is also Co-Convenor of UKELA’s Waste Working Party. 

Anna is co-authoring a book on the practical application of waste management law with a barrister and an environmental consultant.


Jo Churchill, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, DEFRA

Jo Churchill was appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs on 17 September 2021.

She was previously Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health and Social Care from 26 July 2019 to 16 September 2021. Before that, she was Assistant Government Whip from 9 January 2018 to 26 July 2019.

Mark Shayler, Founder,Green Ape

Mark helps big companies think like small ones and small companies think like big ones. He works on innovation of products, services and business models; he works on sustainability and company purpose; and he coaches businesses and individuals. He has saved his clients in excess of £140 million per annum through environmental improvements, has increased sales of products by 8000% by introducing circular economy business models and trained over 2000 people in sustainability. 

He has worked for Nike, SC Johnson, Schweppes, Papa Johns, Heinz, Patagonia, Sportsshoes, Interface, Coca-Cola, Seedlip, Unilever, Hotpoint, Samsung, John Lewis, Fenwick, Teapigs, Bacardi, Diageo, Mars, Thorntons, 3M, Amazon, Panasonic and hundreds of funky little businesses like Propercorn, Teapigs, Hiut Denim, and Ugly Drinks. He was a lead for the RSA Great Recovery programme of Circular Economy and was once the Head of Environment for ASDA. He is a Founding Partner of the Do Lectures and author of two books Do Disrupt, change the status quo or become it and Do Present, how to give a talk and be heard.  He is a coach, workshop facilitator and Qi gong teacher.  Mark is also part of the reasons to be cheerful team, which he co-founded in in 2020.

Kate Young, Senior Public Affairs Officer, the Aldersgate Group

Kate Young is the Senior Public Affairs Officer for the Aldersgate Group, leading their policy work on trade and the circular economy and engaging with parliamentarians on net zero. Kate previously led the Brexit campaign at the environmental NGO CHEM Trust, advocating to keep the UK aligned to EU environmental laws post-EU exit. 

Sophie Walker, CEO and Co-Founder, Dsposal

Sophie is the CEO and Co-Founder of Dsposal a waste compliance tech company who along with its sister social enterprise Your Dsposal, is on a mission to demystify the world of waste to empower people to make better decisions with their rubbish, recycling and resources.  

She’s passionate about sustainability and draws on her varied background and experiences. Born in Tamil Nadu, India, she spent her early years on rural development projects before moving to North Devon, UK. Prior to founding the company in 2016 with her fiancé, Tom Passmore, Sophie gained a degree in Conflict Resolution from the University of Bradford, cycled 8,700 miles around North America and enjoyed a winding career encompassing logistics and supply chain, the food industry and sustainability. She has built a reputation for herself and the business as leaders of the digital transformation of the waste and resources industry and speaks internationally on waste, digitalisation, open data and open standards.

She is a Women in Innovation award winner, was voted joint 5th in the 2019 Resource Hot 100, is the Group Coordinator of the Waste Compliance Taskforce, sits on the advisory board for the One Bin project at University of Manchester, sits on the EDI working group for CIWM and is an alumna of the CSC Leaders Programme. In her spare time, she is a trustee for the charity Village Service Trust, which supports health and community development in rural Tamil Nadu.

Jacob Hayler, Executive Director, Environmental Services Association

Jacob Hayler is the Executive Director at the Environmental Services Association – the UK’s trade association for the recycling and waste industry. Jacob joined ESA from the City in 2005 as an economist and in January 2015 he was appointed as ESA’s Executive Director, responsible for strategy and the day to day running of the Association. Jacob has represented the industry on multiple government advisory bodies and committees and is the UK’s representative on various pan-European waste and recycling industry bodies.

Paul Vanston, Chief Executive, INCPEN

Paul Vanston became Chief Executive of the Industry Council for Packaging and the Environment (INCPEN) in May 2017.  This followed 27 years of public service within central government and local government, and 16 years of that within the resources sector.

Paul is a Member of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management; a member of the Courtauld 2025 Steering Group tackling food waste; a founding member of the UK Plastics Pact; and a member of the Green Alliance.

Charlotte Morley, Founder,The Little Loop

One time intelligence officer, qualified geography teacher, and fully paid up Northerner, Founder Charlotte lives, sleeps and breathes thelittleloop. She once flew into Iraq on the back of an Army Hercules but that doesn’t stop her being terrified at the thought of her kids having to live on a ruined planet. Helping to change the way the fashion industry works is her way of doing something about it.

Gary Bower, Director of Corporate Stewardship, Augean

Gary has a degree in analytical chemistry and has 30 years of industrial experience and has been involved in waste management since 1998. He is a Member of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management and is a Chartered Resources and Waste Manager.

Gary was an Associate Director for Royal HaskoningDHV before joining Augean in December 2020. His technical roles were to provide waste regulatory expertise on a wide range of engineering and environmental projects and multi-disciplinary large Environmental Impact Assessment infrastructure projects. He has experience on environmental and technical due diligence studies to UK and International standards; and compliance audits in the waste management sector. He has been commissioned as an expert witness providing expert reports and representation in court on waste regulatory issues. He has also coordinated a Development Consent Order application for a large waste Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project – a new Energy from Waste (102MW) facility in Boston, Lincs.

In a previous role, Gary has almost ten years of experience working for the Environment Agency as a technical advisor on hazardous waste and was part of the team to deliver WM2. He provided and delivered training packages and operational instructions on hazardous waste regulation for operational staff; audited hazardous waste business processes to assess for effectiveness and suggested areas for improvement; provided external guidance on hazardous waste legislation; and delivered and analysed hazardous waste data.

He worked with Defra Legal & Policy Department and Environment Agency policy on the drafting of the hazardous waste regulations and rolled out workshops with industry to identify how the regulatory provisions of the hazardous waste regulations would impact them.

Gareth Morton, Discovery Manager, Ecosurety

As the intriguingly named Discovery Manager, it’s Gareth’s role to manage a portfolio of infrastructure, innovation and education projects as part of Ecosurety’s mission to improve recycling in the UK. He’s passionate about recycling, having been in the industry since the early 1990s and has been involved in a number of innovative and game changing initiatives over the years.

Gareth has a BA in Geography and Public Media and joined Ecosurety in 2020 following a career in environmental communications and consultancy within the not-for-profit and commercial sectors. He has worked for Save Waste and Prosper, Resource Futures, Ricardo Energy and Environment and Eunomia Research and Consulting. A behaviour change specialist, he’s always recognised the critical importance of the human element in recycling schemes and services and his communications and engagement work has won industry awards.

John Twitchen, Founder, Stuff4Life

John is a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management and founder of circular economy company, Stuff4Life, where action speaks louder than words. John has a degree in environmental science and a quarter of a century’s experience in the sector. 

Claire Shrewsbury, Director Insights & Innovation, WRAP

Claire is Director of Insights & Innovation at WRAP, in which role she is responsible for WRAP’s policy and insights work, technical support for local authorities and grant management across the UK.  The teams support Defra in its implementation of the Resources & Waste Strategy and similar support programmes for the devolved governments in Wales and Northern Ireland. Claire joined WRAP in 2008 and was previously a consultant with AEA Technology

Liam Dunne, MRF General Manager, Irish Packaging Recycling

Liam joined the Panda Group in January 2012 as Plant Manager of the largest Mixed Dry Recycling facility in Ireland. The facility employs 130 people and sorts domestic recyclables from 350,000 homes in Dublin. Prior to this, Liam spent 2 years as a Health and Safety manager with a large paper product manufacturer and 6 years as a Project Manager in the construction sector.  He is a Chartered Manufacturing Engineer and member of the Institute of Engineers in Ireland (IEI).

Rebecca Trevalyan, Co-Founder and Partnership Director, Library of Things

Rebecca is co-founder and director of Library of Things – a friendly place where people come to borrow useful items, and learn how to use them.

Fed up of spending money on things like tools and kitchen appliances that she only used once, Rebecca set-up the Library of Things last year with friends and fellow Brixton residents, James and Emma. Since then, the trio have run a successful 3-month pilot scheme, raised £15,000 via a Kickstarter campaign, and talked to groups around the globe who want to start similar sharing initiatives.

Emma Hallett, Team Manager - Collaborative Change Programme, Wrap Cymru

Emma Hallett is Team Manager for Wales’ Collaborative Change team, responsible for helping replicate the ‘Welsh Recycling Blueprint’ across Wales’s local authorities. Using source separation of recyclables at the kerbside and keeping, separation of food waste to keep all other materials clean, the blueprint ensures maximum quality for recyclable materials and has enabled Wales to rise from the worst performing recycler in Europe to be the 3rd best globally. The blueprint is a crucial step in moving from an extractive system of land degradation to a Circular Economy.

Liz Mockeridge, Waste Strategy and Technical Support Lead, Guildford Borough Council  

Liz has worked at Guildford Borough Council in a variety of roles across Operational and Technical Services over 10 years, she was previously a recycling projects officer at Waverley Borough Council. At both councils she has led the design, delivery and compliance of both domestic and commercial waste and recycling services, working with both contractors and a DSO.

Projects at Guildford have included the introduction of domestic comingled collections and changes in collection frequency, the implementation of partnership working with social enterprise organisations, and the introduction of commercial food waste and evening trade collections, as well as the delivery of a range of Surrey wide reviews and projects.

Liz has held the chairmanship of the Surrey Environment Partnership’s Waste Operations and Recycling Group since 2016 and leads the Surrey wide recycling officer training programme. 
In her spare time Liz volunteers with the Air Cadets, teaching teenagers how to fly. 

David Hall, Executive Director, Behaviour Change

David is Executive Director and Founder of Behaviour Change, a social enterprise founded in 2009.  We help businesses, charities, government and foundations to create social and environmental change with big ideas grounded in behavioural science. Past successes include work with Mars Wrigley developing interventions that reduced littered gum by up to 64%, creating the National Trust’s long-running “50 Things to do Before You’re 11¾” campaign and designing behaviour change strategies on topics as diverse as cycling, energy saving, healthy eating and financial inclusion.

In January 2022, we became a subsidiary of WRAP, formally cementing years of collaboration on behaviour change interventions. Recent examples include trials with Boots and Unilever to drive up recycling of bathroom bottles, a pilot with Dorset Council that led to a 46% reduction in recycling contamination and work with Love Food Hate Waste to promote better understanding of date labels. 

Phil Davies, Joint Unit Waste Crime, Environment Agency

Head of the multi-agency Joint Unit for Waste Crime launched in January 2020 to target serious and organised crime in the waste sector. Phil has over 30 years’ experience in law enforcement, within both operational and strategic roles. This included the development of collaborative and partnership approaches utilising the skills and capabilities of both the public and private sector.

Sarah Divall, Creative Partner, Hubbub

Sarah Divall is currently a creative partner at the environmental charity Hubbub. Driven by a motivation to bring an eclectic mix of people together to work towards a common goal, she was drawn to Hubbub’s inclusivity and its approach to communicating environmental issues. Sarah works across a lot of the charity's external comms including their podcast series Down To Earth.  Sarah has also been interviewed for major news channels including the BBC, Sky and ITV discussing the pressing environmental issues of our day.

Julie Hill, Chair, WRAP

Julie Hill has had a career in environmental policy and politics.  She is presently an inaugural non-executive board member of the Office for Environmental Protection, the Chair of the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), Chair of the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES) and Deputy Chair of the Advisory Committee for Social Science (ACSS) for the Food Standards Agency (FSA).  Former roles include Director of the environmental think tank Green Alliance, and board member of the Eden Project, the Environment Agency (England and Wales) and the Consumer Council for Water.  She has written and presented widely, including a popular science book ‘The Secret Life of Stuff’.   

Sarah Greenwood, Packaging Techology Expert/Leader, Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures

Sarah Greenwood is a sustainable packaging and plastics consultant with over 20 years’ experience working in industry. Holding degrees in Physics and Polymer Science, she began her career in packaging as a development technologist on high performance packaging films at BP.  She has since held technical roles at major brands and retailers in all aspects of the packaging supply chain.

This included looking into the use of bio-plastics and packaging designed to extend product shelf-life for a major retailer. As a consultant her clients have included WRAP, Smithers, Iceland Foods and Garçon Wines. Sarah co-leads the project Many Happy Returns: Enabling reusable packaging systems at The University of Sheffield, Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures, a project funded by the Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Challenge. A fellow of the Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining, she is chair of the North of England Packaging Society and is a member of the IOM3 Packaging leadership group