Resourcing the Future Conference 2021 – Day 1


The global forces affecting our sector are changing exponentially. Our role has evolved from essential service to critical solution. Our know-how in the conservation of natural resources and sustainable waste management is of crucial importance for the ever-accelerating efforts to establish circular economies and achieve net zero.

Attend RTF 2021 to:
• Understand exactly the environmental, technological and political changes affecting our industry
• Discover how you and your organization can embrace and use this change
• Working together, because only by working together will we move the world beyond waste

Looking ahead and sharing our collective knowledge, determination, and creativity will help us become more resilient, adaptable, and better prepared to take advantage of opportunities in this rapidly changing world.

Host: Dr. Colin Church, Executive Director of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining

Session 1: Delivering a Circular Economy in the Age of Acceleration – What role will policy reforms play in creating a more resource efficient UK society over the next five and thirty years?

What does the direction of travel mean in a time of rapid change from an operational point of view and what opportunities will the new regulatory regimes offer in the next ten years? What are the drivers of the next generation of the circular economy? What is missing and what new challenges will politics have to address beyond 2030? In this session, we examine where the world is going in terms of sustainability and what the UK needs to do to lead the way.

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

Policy updates from:

  • Chris Preston, Deputy Director Resources and Waste, DEFRA
  • Colin Breen, Director, Environmental Policy, DAERA
  • David Warren, Director of Circular Economy Policy, Welsh Government
  • Iain Gulland, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Zero Waste Scotland

Panel discussions with:

Moderator: Robbie Staniforth, Director of Innovation and Policy, Ecosurety

  • Jacob Hayler, Managing Director, Environmental Association
  • Paul Vanston, General Manager, INCPEN
  • Emma Beal, Chair of NAWDO
  • Professor Nick Voulvoulis, Professor of Environmental Technology, Imperial College
  • Adam Read, CIWM President and Director of Foreign Affairs, SUEZ

Session 2: Critical Skills for the Future – What future skills and roles will be critical to our industries in a rapidly changing world?

What skills will be required to support these initiatives as we adapt to support government decarbonization goals, circular economy systems and business models for green reclamation? What role does diversity play in adapting to change and how can we make our sectors more diverse? Through presentations, case studies and a panel discussion with questions and answers, this session gives you the opportunity to assess your own competence needs and to enable you to develop them.

Presentation: Competencies for the future – Dr. Adam Read, CIWM President and Director of Foreign Affairs SUEZ

Lectures and panel discussion:

  • Reuse and Repair – Cat Fletcher, Co-Founder and Media Director, Freegle UK
  • Systems Thinking – Anthony Painter, Chief Impact Officer, RSA
  • Communication and behavior change – Dr. Darren Perrin, Head of Waste and Resource Management Business Development and Growth, Ricardo
  • Data and ICT – Jamie Warmington, Principal Consultant, Anthesis
  • Diversity – Louise Parry, Director of People & Organizational Development, Energy and Utility Skills
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion – Claire Shrewsbury, Director Insights and Innovation, WRAP

Session 3: How will rapid technological and societal change affect health and safety in recycling, waste management and the circular economy?

The past 18 months have been challenging for all of us – but what is the impact of rapid change and ongoing uncertainty on mental health, and how can the recycling and waste management industry prepare to handle this for the future? In a series of presentations and a panel discussion, this session will look at the technological advances that will shape the health and safety profile of the sector over the next 10-30 years, and what obstacles may need to be overcome to make them happen.


  • Mental Health First Aid – Simon Richardson, Director, GoldenTree CIC
  • Overview of ESA’s OSH program – Sam Corp, Head of Regulation, ESA

Panel discussions with:

Moderation: Dr. David Greenfield, Visiting Professor of Circular Economy, University of Brighton

  • Chris Jones, Director of Risk Management and Compliance, WISH
  • Leif Anderson, Chief Technology Officer, Reactec
  • Mikela Drukman, CEO and Co-Founder of Greyparrot
  • Rainer Rehn, Sales Manager, Zen Robotics

Session 4: How can all actors along the economic value chain work together effectively to achieve a more resource efficient economy and change for the better?

This session begins with case studies examining innovation and policy drivers that facilitate collaboration across the value chain, the role of data and digital material tracking, and how EPR will foster greater collaboration. Our panel then discusses how all parts of the value chain can function as one system and who is leading and coordinating these joint efforts.


  • The role EPR could play in breaking traditional silos – Paul Vanston, Chief Executive, INCPEN
  • Data and Waste Tracking – Taryn Clements, Green Compass

Panel discussions with:

Moderator: Colin Church, IOM3

  • Robert Thompson, Packaging Manager, Co-op
  • Taryn Clements, Director, Green Compass
  • Viki Cooke, Founding Partner and Chair, UK thinks
  • John Coates, LARAC
  • Simon Rutledge, Group External Affairs and Sustainability Manager, Biffa
  • Tracy Sutton, founder and senior advisor, Root
  • Simon Ellin, The Recycling Association

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

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