Meet the Board

The RECOUP Board of Trustees meet quarterly to represent their sectors and contribute to the development of RECOUP’s strategy and direction. Trustees are nominated and elected by RECOUP members.

Meet the Board

Board member since 1999. More than 35 years experience in the plastics recycling industry in Europe, USA and the Far East, instrumental in both the setup of greenfield projects and also in restructuring existing businesses. Member of the European Association of Plastic Recycling and Recovery Organisations. Member of the Management Committee of PRE (Plastic Recyclers Europe). Committee member of the BPF Recycling Group. Previous President of the French Recyclers. Jim believes that the success of plastic recycling in the UK can only come about through cooperation and dialogue between all parties in the packaging chain. He has supported RECOUP to grow a membership that creates a forum where constructive communications can take place.

Jim Armstrong Chairman, RECOUP

Now retired, having spent 40 years in packaging product innovation and development for several major packaging producers (Metal Box, RPC Containers, MWV, Solocup/Dart). Held positions within businesses responsible for championing environmental considerations through material selection and design. Director and Trustee for RECOUP on several occasions since mid-1990’s, and now Vice Chairman, recognising RECOUP’s unique ability to represent complete material chain for plastics.

Glyn Staines Vice Chairman, RECOUP

Chief Executive at RECOUP and Director of EPRO. Member of the Chartered Institute of Waste Management and has a degree in Environmental Sciences. Experienced in producing 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. He has previously worked within the waste and recycling sector for local government, the Environment Agency, and the Waste and Resources Action Programme. Recent work includes 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 Foster Chief Executive Officer, RECOUP

Adrian Hawkes is Director of Policy at the compliance scheme Valpak, where he is responsible for all aspects of policy development and liaison with relevant enforcement agencies, Governments and wider stakeholder groups. He has been involved with Valpak since 1996 and was instrumental in establishing the market-based compliance system for packaging in the UK. He has also played a key role in the development and implementation of both the WEEE and battery producer responsibility regimes. He regularly participates in expert working groups to advise local, national and European Government on all aspects of the operation of producer responsibility and is a member of the UK Government’s Advisory Committee on Packaging. Adrian is a Chartered Engineer, M I Mech E and previously to Valpak gained over 15 years of industrial experience in a variety of leading manufacturing and consulting companies including Procter & Gamble and Coopers & Lybrand.

Adrian Hawkes Policy Director, Valpak

Circular economy focused Chief Executive with over 15 year’s professional industry experience across UK, Middle East and Singapore. Industry specialism span across the Sustainability and Technology arenas with a deep rooted focus on plastics recycling. Graduated from Cambridge University and Lancaster University Management School and holds an Executive MBA from Quantic School of Business and Technology. Supported international campaigns including the United Nations Clean Development Mechanism (UNCDP) and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). Highly networked within the UK Government entities and corporate sector and championing the development of recycling methodologies and best practice in the United Kingdom. Established two recycling plants focusing on consumer electronics, corporate technologies and print cartridge materials. Established international plastic waste trade deals and developed the first PET plastics recycling plant in the UAE prior to setting up Enviroo. Currently establishing a series of PET Plastics Recycling plants in the North West region of England which will be supported by a Plastics Recovery Facility (PRF) and a Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) with a trial DRS launch by Enviroo in 2023.

Ahmed Detta Chief Executive Officer, Enviroo

Adrian has 37 years’ International experience in the speciality chemicals and plastics industry, in roles ranging from pure R&D to New Product Development, Manufacturing, Technology & Knowledge Transfer, Innovation Leadership and International Marketing & Communications. Over the last 15 years he has combined his experience within these roles to help minimise the impact of society’s behaviour on the environment by specialising in the area of Resource Efficiency.

Adrian Whyle RECOUP Trustee, Independent

Danny Cheke Material Sales Manager, Veolia Environmental Services

Duncan is a Chartered Resources & Waste Manager and member of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM). He has 25 years’ experience covering a range of disciplines from client side roles through to senior leadership positions in direct service organisations working successfully across two tier structures. Duncan is a former Chairman of the CIWM’s Special Interest Group on Waste Prevention and previously sat on the Institution’s Scientific and Technical Committee. Duncan is also a member of the National Association of Waste Disposal Officers (NAWDO) including being a member of the Association’s Policy & Advisory Board. He is the NAWDO lead for waste crime matters as well as being the NAWDO advisor to RECOUP a national charity developing plastics recycling in the UK, promoting best practices and providing educational and training tools. In addition to being the Partnership Development Manager for the Hertfordshire Waste Partnership Duncan is Chairman of the award-winning Hertfordshire Fly Tipping Group; a multi-agency task force, which in addition to Hertfordshire’s 11 local authorities, includes the Office of Police & Crime Commissioner, the Hertfordshire Constabulary, Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue, the Environment Agency, and the National Farmers Union. Away from work Duncan was previously a member of the Rotary Club, a former On-Call Firefighter with Essex Fire & Rescue, deep mixed gas diver and pilot. Currently in his downtime Duncan works as a Search Technician with Suffolk Lowland Search & Rescue which is a voluntary organisation on call 24 hours 365 days a year ready to assist the emergency services across Suffolk in finding missing children and vulnerable adults. Tel: 07769 682052 Email: Web:

Duncan Jones Partnership Development Manager, NAWDO

A dual Greek – Belgian citizen, Ermis Panagiotopoulos holds a bachelor’s degree (BSc) in Water Management and Agriculture Engineering (Greece), a master’s degree (MSc) in Environmental Science from Wageningen University (Netherlands) and an MA in International Politics (Belgium). Ermis has been living and working in Brussels since 2006. He has worked in environmental NGOs, the European Commission and industry associations. He is currently the Head of Sustainability Advocacy for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) for Indorama Ventures PCL. His expertise is diverse and includes issues such as agriculture, energy, trade, water, waste and circular economy.

Ermis Panagiotopoulos Head of Sustainability Advocacy for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) , Indorama Ventures PCL

Gareth is a member of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM). He has 20 years of experience covering local authority recycling and waste disposal and collection services. Gareth is a national representative for LARAC, The Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee, including being a member of the association’s H&S & Policy Team. As the Head of Waste for West Sussex County Council, Gareth is responsible for disposal contracts, waste infrastructure and strategy.

Gareth Rollings LARAC & Head of Waste, West Sussex County Council

UK Country Head for PlasticsEurope. Fellow of the Inst of Directors, the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Institute of Environmental Management & Accounting. A member of the UK Trade and Business Commission. Trustee of Lantra, the Society of the Chemical Industry, and the Association for Science Education. Chair of CAPE – Climate Adaptive Pathways for Education For over 20 years Geoff worked within BASF, the world’s largest chemical company including a decade on the plc board, with roles including communications, EHS, sustainability and corporate affairs. Geoff’s passion is to close communication gaps, especially those between policymakers, industry and education and ensure a sustainable future for all, with future business needs to the fore.

Dr Geoff Mackey UK Country Manager, Plastics Europe

Experienced corporate communications expert, public affairs, community engagement, change and people leader with a passion for nature and the outdoors. Currently leads across the Corporate Affairs area including, Internal & External multi channel communications, Corporate reputation, policy issues, community engagement, Stakeholder Engagement, Public Affairs and Sustainability strategies for the U.K. Business. Graduated as an Associate Public Health Nutritionist and have extensive nutrition and regulatory knowledge with over 10 years of experience in the food industry. Hayley lives in the UK and has experience working in global and European roles based out of Switzerland where she lived for over 2 years.

Hayley Lloyd-House Head of Corporate Communications and External Affairs, Nestle Waters (UK) Ltd

Helen is the Sustainability Manager at the British Plastics Federation (BPF). Helen oversees all of the BPF’s many sustainability activities including Net Zero and Operation Clean Sweep. Helen also manages the activities of the BPF recycling group which she was previously the executive for. The Recycling Group focuses on issues such as food contact regulations, waste shipment regulations, legacy additives and promoting the development of recycling infrastructure within the UK. Helen is leading on the BPF’s work on Chemical Recycling. In 2021 Helen worked with a consultant to produce the BPF Recycling Roadmap which provided a forecast for what plastic recycling could be like in 2030. Before working at the BPF Helen spent 7 years in local government working within the Waste and Recycling Team.

Helen Jordan Sustainability Manager, British Plastics Federation

Ian established the Laytons Private Client and Charities Team in 1989 and is a recognised leader in both fields. A regular writer, lecturer and broadcaster, Ian was Chair of the London Central Branch of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners from 2007 to 2011 and was a Committee member for 20 years. Ian sat on STEP’s Mental Capacity Working Party and the Deceased Lloyd’s Names Working Party, acting for one of the defendants in Stone v Chataway and others, a case which revolutionised how the estates of deceased Lloyd’s Names were administered. Ian has contributed to numerous periodicals over the years and is a co-author of Tolley’s Administration of Estates, the leading textbook in the field of estate administration. His particular specialisms are: – Estate planning for high-net-worth individuals, particularly those not domiciled in the UK. – Probate and succession, including contentious probate and trust issues. – Charity law including trading and commercial activities and governance.

Ian Burman Head of Trusts, Estates & Private Client and Charities, Laytons

Iain is an experienced Environment Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the retail industry. Skilled in Food & Beverage, Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG), and Sustainability. Iain runs an independent consultancy (ILFEC) after stepping down from his role at the Co-op in 2021. Iain is passionate about improving the recyclability of packaging. He has contributed to projects including introducing PET carbonate bottles with recycled content, numerous glass light-weighting projects. Iain is regularly invited to Government forums advising on issues of packaging and the environment. In 2019, retail bible The Grocer named Iain as one of the “Ten Most Powerful People in Packaging”, which was followed by him collecting a prestigious Grocer Gold award for The Green Initiative of the Year in June.

Iain Ferguson MSc, BSc, CEnv, FIMMM, PkgProg Advisor, ILFEC

JEREMY BLAKE started his career in Shell Research before the opportunity led him to Crime Scene Science. He worked in Crime Scene Investigation for Kent Police eventually becoming Head of Crime Scene Investigation. He then joined the Home Office Forensic Science Service leading the effective use of forensic science in policing. Throughout this period, he was a senior lecturer in Forensic Chemistry at the University of Kent and deputy chair of the Forensic Science Society Awards Committee. His interest in solving problems using science led him to move into the recycling industry, specialising in polymers. Having spent a number of years leading the recycling operations of the largest recycler in the UK he moved to become the Chief Operating Officer of Enval. There, he led the commercial and operational development of their cutting-edge process that converts waste plastics back to oil. Following that period, he is now employed by Berry Global as Managing Director of their plastic recycling and reprocessing company, Berry Circular Polymers. Jeremy also acts in an advisory capacity to many groups to drive the development of the Circular Economy. This includes trade bodies, government groups and even on TV when they cannot find anyone more interesting.

Jeremy Blake Managing Director, Berry Circular Polymers

Packaging and Sustainability Manager for Ocado Retail Ltd. Laura is experienced in packaging development, sustainability and innovation. Laura is a Board Member of the Industry Council for Research on Packaging and the Environment (INCPEN) and EcoPack at Packaging Innovations and has been a judge for UK Packaging Awards since 2016. An avid promoter of the circular economy. Laura is driven to ensure we leave the planet better than we found it.

Laura Fernandez Packaging and Sustainability Manager, Ocado Retail Ltd

Luke has been with Viridor since early 2020. He has responsibility for customer relationships, feedstock supply chain and new project developments. Luke sits on the Viridor Executive Team as the lead for the Polymers business. Prior to joining Viridor Luke held senior management positions in the oil & gas and industrial sectors, including as managing director of a major services company in Abu Dhabi.

Luke Burgess Director of Business Development, Viridor

Retired from Unilever after 30 years as head of packaging development for all personal products. Owner of MBA Packaging, a consultancy majoring on the impact of all types of packaging materials on the environment.

Mike Barney Honorary Patron, Retired

Senior Manager across BPI and various industries, since 1988 including polythene extrusion, printing, conversion and recycling. Currently responsible for 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.

Mike Baxter External Affairs Director, Berry Global

Steven joined Tomra, the market leader in the supply of Sensor Based Sorting equipment to recycling industry, in 2017. Drawing from his 10 year experience of managing Materials Recycling Facilities and Collection fleets, Steven works with Recycling companies in developing sorting solutions to cope with legislative and market changes, while meeting ever increasing quality demands. Steven continues to support Recoup utilising the Tomra Test Centre and diverse customer base to aid Packaging Manufacturers in the development of product design to ensure recoverability.

Steven Walsh Area Sales Manager UK, TOMRA Sorting Solutions

Stuart Hayward-Higham is responsible for non-bidding emerging development activities in SUEZ recycling and recovery UK, delivering tools, techniques and information to meet customers’ business imperatives. His focus is on delivering new solutions or making successful niche activities mainstream through to market intelligence, market modelling and forecasting. Stuart has experience in working with others to identify waste as a resource, producing energy and bio-fuels manufacture. He understands the sorting, extraction and value enhancement for waste mix resources and the increasing introduction of circular economy based products and solutions.

Stuart Hayward – Higham Technical Development Director, SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK