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Governance Of RECOUP

A real strength of RECOUP is that it is supported by members from all sectors of the plastic packaging supply and recycling chain.

The Board of Trustees meets quarterly to represent their sector and develop RECOUP's strategy and tactics.

The Trustees are supported by a team of professional advisors with specific expertise in recycling, finance and legal issues. Trustees are all senior managers and directors, providing valuable input and expertise on issues affecting the plastics recycling industry. They bring particular knowledge of their sector areas, ensuring that the financial and operational activities of RECOUP serve the best interests of plastics recycling, providing value for members.

Trustees are nominated and elected by RECOUP members.

Mike Barney
Mike Barney
Chairman

Retired from Unilever in 1995 following 30 years as head of packaging development for all personal products. Before retirement Mike became RECOUP Chairman. On retirement Mike formed MBA Packaging, a consultancy majoring on the impact of all types of packaging materials on the environment.

Stuart Foster
Stuart Foster
Chief Executive Officer, RECOUP

Stuart Foster is Chief Executive at RECOUP, an independent membership based organisation developing and informing sustainable plastics recycling opportunities. He is also a director of EPRO, the European Association of Plastic Recycling and Recovery Organisations. Since 2000, Stuart has worked on a range of technical, research and demonstration projects to improve and develop UK plastics recycling activity, with a particular focus on sustainable plastic design, collection systems and sorting technologies. Some core areas of work currently include recyclability by design, material quality assessments, communications, pack reviews, recycle on the go, non-bottle plastic packaging recycling and UK plastic recycling strategy development. Stuart has previously worked within the waste and recycling sector for local government, the Environment Agency and the Waste and Resources Action Programme. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Waste Management and has a degree in Environmental Sciences.

Dave Thomas
Dave Thomas
LARAC Representative and Rushcliffe Council Recycling Officer

My role at Rushcliffe is to get the best out of our recycling services through performance monitoring and of course promoting waste minimisation, as well as recycling to our residents. I represent the East Midlands on the LARAC executive and as part of that I represent LARAC at RECOUP. I have a real passion around household plastics because it has to be the most difficult material to communicate to our customers, for them to appreciate why there are such variations in polymer types and local authority collection systems. So for me to resolve the plastics conundrum particularly around the what is a bottle and what isn’t, PTT’s and light plastics will help create markets to make plastics a much more sustainable material to use.

Ian Burman
Ian Burman
Partner and head of Laytons Private Client group
David Baker
David Baker
Commercial Director, RPC Promens Industrial

Plastic is a versatile, low carbon, fully recyclable material for packaging. It is lightweight and strong, so it perfectly fulfils its prime function: to protect the product that the packaging contains with the minimum environmental impact. I believe that the entire supply chain needs to work together to ensure that plastic packaging gets recycled and that we jointly develop markets for the resulting recycled material. I believe that RECOUP is in a great position to facilitate this vital work through the supply chain and that the communications initiative will take us a good way towards achieving the stretching recycling target facing the plastics industry.

Richard Kirkman
Richard Kirkman
Technical Director, Veolia Environmental Services

Richard was appointed Technical Director in February 2013, after previously being Head of Technology. In this role he is responsible for the planning and construction of new 

infrastructure to which the company is committed to a £1 billion investment between 2013 and 2018.  He also oversees the administration of commodities, such as energy (electricity and heat) and materials (recyclables and compost), and runs the companies Innovation Den. 

Richard is an environmental engineer and joined the Veolia group via the Energy business in 1994, heading up European Research & Development after gaining operational experience in its municipal and commercial energy recovery operations.

Sion Stanfield
Sion Stanfield
Owner, eco-procure

Sion has over 25 years of retail experience at a senior level with Tesco, Sainsburys and W.H.Smith. A confident, determined individual with a proven track record of delivering results across key retail disciplines including Commercial Trading, Group Procurement, Environment sectors, Supply Chain, Property, and Retail Store Management. In 2012 founded eco-procure, a procurement consultancy that develops and implements cost effective sustainable solutions within the waste, recycling and packaging sectors.

Stuart Hayward - Higham
Stuart Hayward - Higham
Technical Development Director, SUEZ recycling and recovery UK

Stuart Hayward-Higham is currently responsible for non-bidding emerging development activities in SUEZ recycling and recovery UK, delivering tools, techniques and information to meet customers’ business imperatives. This includes delivering new solutions or making successful niche activities mainstream through to market intelligence, market modelling and forecasting. 
Main activity themes include harnessing waste as a resource, energy and bio-fuels manufacture, sorting, extraction and value enhancement for waste mix resources and the increasing introduction of circular economy based products and solutions. 

 

James Crick
James Crick
Consultant, Nampak

James has worked in the plastic packaging industry in a number of managerial and directorship roles.
His wide experience in blowmoulding and injection moulding in sales, marketing, production, and at Board level, has given him an insight into both the tactical short term and the strategic issues that challenge businesses.
Environmental sustainability is an issue that is both strategic in its long term consequences, and short term, in that it has a requirement for immediate action.
He is helping Nampak to lead, one of Europe’s biggest blowmoulders, on it’s “road map” journey to full sustainability through its use of rHDPE , better by design lightweighting with the Infini bottle and the use of non petroleum based plastics.

Jim Armstrong
Jim Armstrong
Director, Kermadec Ltd

Jim has more than 35 years experience in the plastics recycling industry in Europe , USA and Far East both in the setup of greenfield projects and also in restructuring existing businesses . He has been a Board member of RECOUP since 1999 and believes that the success of plastic recycling in UK can only come about through cooperation and dialogue between all parties in the packaging chain —  RECOUP’s  membership structure creating the ideal forum for this to take place .  Jim is a member of the Management Committee of PRE (Plastic Recyclers Europe ),  a committee member of the BPF Recycling Group and in the past also held the position of President of the French Recyclers  for a number of years.

Shaun Sargent
Shaun Sargent
CEO & Benevolent Dictator, Aura-Soma Products Limited

Global sustainability is a key personal strategic aim, and something I strive to achieve in my own daily life, as far as is possible. Education is key, so people can make their own  informed choices, and at Aura – Soma, we seek to offer people unbiased information to assist in this.

We look to minimise our carbon footprint as much as possible, and seek to educate our stakeholders in the best methods of achieving this for themselves.

I have been involved with RECOUP for over 25+ years now, because they provide world class advice on the sustainable use of plastic packaging, in an easily accessible way. Our global strategy for plastic packaging, including re design of our range,  has been shaped by our cooperation with RECOUP, and we seek to work with our customers and suppliers to promote conscious packaging choices, and maximise efficient and effective recycling.

We only have one world, so what we do to sustain it is vitally important, and for Plastics, RECOUP is our partner to support us in this journey of sustainability.

Steve Almond
Steve Almond
Sales Engineer, TOMRA Sorting Solutions
Kevin Vyse
Kevin Vyse
Primary Foods Packaging Technologist & Packaging Innovation Lead, M&S

Kevin’s career has spanned three decades in packaging design and development. He has worked for many of the best known brands in the UK and Europe as well as for manufacturers and retailers. There are few people in the packaging business who share his depth of knowledge and experience and he now makes good use of that working at Marks and Spencer where he is Senior Packaging Technologist and Innovation Lead in the Foods division.

Paul Brennan
Paul Brennan
Commercial Manager, Wellman Recycling
Glyn Staines
Glyn Staines
Technical Manager, Dart Products Europe.

Over 35 years  of experience in the packaging industry, working on metal, paper and plastics developments, and the environmental challenges of each. Has helped improve the understanding of the challenges through education working with universities and associations, as well as developing and introducing many new products utilising recycled materials. 
Trustee of RECOUP for the second time, recognising the continued importance RECOUP plays in representing our industry sector.

 

Mike Baxter
Mike Baxter
Corporate Affairs Director, British Polythene Industries PLC (BPI)

Mike joined BPI in 1988 and has held senior roles within various BPI businesses including polythene extrusion, printing, convertion and recycling.

Currently he is  responsible for all External Affairs representing BPI at UK and European Governmental levels plus trade associations including PRE, the British Plastics Federation and EuPC.

Mike is also a Director of BPI’s Recycled Products business with responsibility for the Company’s range of Plaswood Recycled Rigid products.

Iain Ferguson
Iain Ferguson
Environment Manager, The Co-operative Food

Iain has been with the Co-op for 27 years and is passionate about improving recyclability of packaging.  Some of the successes that he has contributed to have been introducing PET carbonate bottles with recycled content, numerous glass lightweighting projects including moving all Co-operative brand ales to best in class bottle weights, and the introduction of the UK's first fully certified home compostable carrier bag

Iain has an MSc in Environmental Management & Technology, is a Fellow of the Institute of Packaging, an accredited Packaging Professional and a Chartered Environmentalist.

Lubna Edwards
Lubna Edwards
Group Sustainability Director
Member of: LINPAC

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