Roseanna Cunningham MSP

Roseanna was born in Glasgow in 1951; when she was still a child her family emigrated to Perth, Western Australia, where she completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Western Australia. She returned to Scotland in 1977, where she began working as a researcher.

In 1980 Roseanna returned to university and then qualified as a solicitor. She worked with several Local Authorities in Scotland as well as private firms before being called to the Scottish Bar as an Advocate in 1990.

Roseanna was elected as the MP for Perth & Kinross in 1995. In 1999, she was elected to the Scottish Parliament and has continued as the MSP in that constituency, which is now known as Perthshire South & Kinross-shire.

Mark Shayler


Mark Shayler changes the way businesses think and work. He’s been working on sustainability, innovation, packaging, developing better products, and improving business for over 25 years.

In this time he has worked with Nike, Coca Cola, Unilever, Samsung, Amazon, Mars, P&G, Dorset Cereals, and hundreds of little companies who are proving disruptive (including Ugly Drinks, Hiut Denim, Propercorn, and nomnom).

Mark is a Founding Partner of the Do Lectures and Greenlabs. He firmly believes in enterprise as a way of solving problems of equality, sustainability, and poverty. He is a STEM Ambassador, a Design Council Design Associate and a Virgo. He keeps ducks, chickens and children (but not against their will).

Ian Schofield


Ian travels the world spreading his 30 years of Packaging knowledge and experience. His job includes best practise launch methods from product development stage to arrival in store and driving innovation in Packaging.

He is now leading the way turning down the tap of plastic used in Food Packaging. This year Iceland declared first it would remove all plastic from it’s Own Label products by 2023. This was the catalyst to change government, consumer and industry thinking on the use of single use plastics. The rest is now history.

He started his career in the Co-operative Head Office in Manchester qualifying in packaging development/engineering before moving into buying and marketing roles.

In the mid 80’s, he joined retailer Iceland(for the first time) as Own Label Manager to develop the Iceland brand. In his time there, he initiated and managed the launch of over 8,000 lines and was integral to the acquisition of its biggest rival Bejam. The brand growth increased from GBP 4 million to over GBP 450 million.

Ian then moved to the supplier side, working with a number of companies providing product solutions which included design, packaging technology, project and asset management, vendor management, product development, artwork/pre press services and printing to the largest FMCG brands around the world.

Ian joined Sun Branding Solutions(was Gilchrist) in 2004 as Sales and Marketing Director and was instrumental in the companies’ product and service development and growth, using his experience and unique perspective to scope and develop bespoke launch solutions for FMCG brands and retailers

In 2013 he re-joined Iceland after the company went private again under the original owner Malcolm Walker. Iceland now turnover £3bn with 900 stores and sell in 40 countries. He looks after all graphics and packaging including the Own Label process. He works directly for Nigel Broadhurst the MD and is now the most prominent packaging leader in UK retailing.(All other Packaging people work several layers down in other retailers)

Ian is an active member of the Institute of Packaging and Institute of Marketing.

Duncan Mackison


Duncan Mackison is the Chief Executive Officer of Jahama Highland Estates, the property arm of GFG Alliance, the international metals and energy group. In Lochaber, Jahama manages significant agriculture, forestry, property, energy and visitor services assets. The activities are based on over 114,000 acres of land in the Lochaber area.

Duncan acts as general ambassador for the GFG Alliance in Scotland and leads discussions with Scottish Government, local authorities, public sector agencies and local communities to develop major industrial, agricultural and recreational projects for the Alliance. He is heavily involved in GFG Alliance’s economic redevelopment around Fort William, which includes building a largescale alloy wheels manufacturing plant and multiple projects across adjoining lands covering renewable energy, outdoor sports, tourist facilities, forestry and new agricultural activity.

Before joining Jahama, he was Chief Operating Officer of The Buccleuch Group and Managing Director of Serco Defence.  Duncan started his career as a Royal Marine Officer where he saw operational service across the world.

He is also the Chair of Alba Trees plc, a Trustee of the Crawick Artland Trust and a Governor of The Glasgow Academy.

Educated at The Glasgow Academy, he undertook Officer training at the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines and more recently studied at Henley and Aston Business Schools.

Terry A’Hearn


Terry has over 20 years’ experience in the environment profession, having held senior roles in Melbourne with the Environment Protection Authority in the Australian state of Victoria, in London with the global consulting firm WSP and, most recently, in Belfast as Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency before he joined SEPA.

In all this work, Terry has strongly focussed on bringing environmental and economic aims together, supporting business and social innovation and getting tougher with the worst environmental performers. Terry is a Senior Associate at the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership, a member of the Advisory Board of the Global Footprint Network and a Fellow of the UK Institute of Directors.

Callum Blackburn


As Zero Waste Scotland’s Head of Policy, Research and Evaluation, Callum heads up a team who gather, commission and produce expert data to inform policy development in Scotland and motivate practical behaviour change.

Callum has a broad range of experience in the development of environmental policy and programmes in Scotland spanning more than 18 years, and was seconded to help develop the Scottish Government’s Circular Economy strategy – Making Things Last. He previously held the role of Principal Waste Consultant in Scotland for MWH consulting, and has lead a range of sustainable development and waste-related strategies for local authorities during his career.

Callum is a member of the Chartered Institute of Waste Management (CIWM), has a CIPFA Diploma in Public Finance, a Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies, and a MA in Accountancy and Economics.

Stephen Cooper


Stephen has over 30 years’ experience in the waste management industry starting in 1987 with Cumbernauld and Kilsyth District Council in the Cleansing Department. He had a short spell in Kirkcaldy District Council managing and regulating landfill sites. Then on to Stirling District Council when he had a 10 year spell again managing landfill and the client function for cleansing services along with other Council services.

He moved to Shetland in 2000 as a Head of Service. Within his remit included waste services and the award winning Energy from Waste Plant that provides hot water to 1000 properties connected to the Lerwick district heating network. He then moved to Moray Council in 2012 where he is currently Head of Direct Services. One of his many responsibilities is the lead officer representing Moray Council in the NESS partnership project which includes Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Councils to deliver a 150,000 Tonne EfW plant in Aberdeen City.

He was also previously a director with Alloa Community Enterprise, a member on the executive committee of Recycling Advisory Group Scotland and an advisor to the Shetland Heat Energy and Power Board.

Saskia Goeres


Saskia is a Product Design Engineer with a strong interest in the Circular Economy. She worked for the research institute FfE to define circular approaches and their benefits to businesses. Saskia used this methodology to systematically design a modular sofa that is better for the user and the environment. It is integrated into a circular service, which promotes repair, component replacement, reuse and recycling. She strongly believes, that we have to start now to redesign everything we own to create a world where waste is a concept of the past. demonstrate that sustainability is no longer a compromise, but an advantage!

Iain Gulland


Iain is Chief Executive of Zero Waste Scotland and previously led its predecessor programme, WRAP Scotland. Zero Waste Scotland leads on the delivery of the Scottish Government’s Circular Economy strategy and other low carbon policy priorities, and is at the forefront of efforts to create a resource efficient, circular economy.

Iain has more than 25 years’ experience in sustainable resource management, including initiating recycling systems in the public and third sectors. He is the current President of the Association of Cities and Regions for Sustainable Resource Management (ACR+) and he is a member of a number of Scottish Government strategic groups including the Economy and Environment Leaders Group, the Board of the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme and the Expert Panel on Environmental Charges.He was voted the ‘most influential person in the UK waste and resource efficiency sector’ in 2014 by Resource Magazine, and he was granted Fellowship of Chartered Institution of Wastes Management in 2016.

Susan Guy


Susan has worked with communities nationally and internationally for over 20 years enabling them to assess, plan and make change to their situations and localities.

Susan was Scotland’s First Zero Waste Town Project Manager and now is a Director of Miixer CIC.

Stuart Hayward-Higham


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.

In addition to his SUEZ duties Stuart is a director for Recoup (plastics recycling charity), a director of Terracycle UK and a member of the Defra Advisory Committee on Packaging. Further he has provided expert advice to the EU on relevant elements of the circular economy and acted as a H2020 expert assessor. He is chair of the Environmental Services Association (ESA) Bioresources committee and member of the ESA renewable energy committee, the Renewable Energy Association (REA) Organic recycling steering group and gasification and Pyrolysis committee. Stuart also regularly guest lectures at a number of UK universities.

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.

Petran van Heel


Petran van Heel works as a sector banker Construction at ABN AMRO. In this role, he follows the most important trends in the construction sector and has a continuous dialogue with partners, prospects and other stakeholders. After completing the Delft University of Technology and the Rotterdam School of Management, Petran gained extensive national and international experience on both the building and the financial side.

After his start as a real estate developer at Royal BAM Group, he continued to work for BAM in London with a focus on project financing. Back in the Netherlands he has used his combined experience within BAM PPP. Subsequently, Petran made the move towards real estate development at Rabo Real Estate Group (MAB). He worked on several large-scale urban (transformation) projects in both acquisition and concept development and realisation.

Dr Jonathan Hughes


Dr Jonathan Hughes is MD and owner of Pennotec (Pennog Ltd), a UK microbusiness researching the application of Industrial Biotechnology towards extracting and preparing functional products from predominantly food manufacturing by-product streams. Prior to establishing Pennotec in 2013, Jonathan was managed Biotechnology, Natural Products and ‘Blue Sky’ R&D and Strategic Marketing activities in the international chemical industry.

Pennotec was created in recognition of the growing demand for natural alternatives to petrochemical-derived products and the opportunity to make better use of the rich diversity of food processing wastes in the UK. Food processing by-products developed or in development by Pennotec include chitosan-based natural water clarifiers and antimicrobial actives, aquaculture feed ingredients and ‘fat mimicking’ functional fibres.

Mike Jefferson


Mike has been in the recycling and resource management sector for 26 years. Areas of specialism include the collection and processing of recyclables as well as extended producer responsibility systems. As a consultant he focuses on management consulting, technical research and carrying out projects with a commercial or operational focus.

Scott Kennedy


Scott Kennedy is Co-founding Director of Revive – a waste rejuvenation eco-prise which collects and recycles used coffee grounds to create a range of environmentally-benefical products. Revive are currently recycling around 1 tonne of coffee grounds every month, and recycling this to create a natural soil conditioner, whilst also developing an innovative process to extract the natural biochemicals from the coffee grounds. Scott founded Revive in 2015 with Fergus Moore, with the mission of minimising waste, maximising the value from waste, and delivering real impact to all stakeholders.

John Kenny


John joined SEPA in 1996 as an Environment Protection Officer in the Perth team, having worked for Perth & Kinross Council as a Waste Regulation Officer. John worked as a SEPO Senior Officer and Unit Manager in the Perth team.

During this time John completed an MSc in Waste Water Management before undertaking a number of National roles including managing SEPAs Water Unit, Central Regulatory Unit and the Waste and Enforcement function. John was Head of National Operations from 2012 to 2017 before taking up his role as Chief Officer, Circular Economy. John has been a full member of the Chartered Institute of Waste Management for more years than he can remember.

Roger Kilburn


Roger was appointed CEO of IBioIC in January 2014. Roger, a chemical engineer by profession, is an experienced international business leader with a proven track record in business turnaround, growth and leadership. He has worked 26 years in the Chemical and Fine Chemicals Sectors (ICI, Johnson Matthey) located in UK, Australia, Germany and USA. He then moved on to focus on using his experience to support SME’s with strategy, business development and management, before taking up his current role.

IBioIC is an Industry led membership organisation that funds research in Scottish Universities that de-risks and accelerates its member’s Industrial Biotechnology (IB) activities. IBioIC also funds pre-university and post graduate skills programmes and supports the National Plan for IB in Scotland to create a £900 million industry by 2025. IBioIC has recently won its second phase of funding to secure its activities to 2023.

In addition, Roger is Chair for the Scottish IB Development Group, sits on the Leadership Team of Chemical Sciences Scotland, the Scottish Cabinet Minister’s Expert Panel for “Environmental Charging and other measures”, the IB advisory group to the World Economic Forum, the Bio-futures Steering Team of the Institute of Chemical Engineers and the Scientific Advisory Board for Biochar for Carbon Capture, he is also an Honorary Associate Professor at Heriot Watt University.

Ewan Macdonald-Russell


Ewan is Head of Policy & External Affairs for the Scottish Retail Consortium. He previously was Public Affairs Advisor for Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc, and before that worked for the Scottish Youth Parliament, Scottish Parliament & Business Exchange, having started his career at the Courier Newspaper in Dundee. Ewan leads on the development of SRC policy, collaborating with stakeholders, members, and colleagues to develop the SRC’s position on relevant Scottish issues. He also leads on the development of the SRC’s media activity.

Dr Douglas McKenzie


After post-docs in Leeds and Sheffield he returned to Scotland as Research Fellow at Scottish Association for Marine Science in 1989. Founded the Marine Biotechnology Group. Involved in early development of the University of the Highlands and Islands. In 1999 founded his first company, Integrin which grew to a turnover of ~£3M by 2007 with sixty staff. Won three awards for innovation: (SCDI 2003 Pfizer award for innovation in the Life Sciences; 2006 Highlands and Islands “Best award”; Scottish Rural Awards 2018). Raised >£5 million equity, grants and bank loans. Member of the Scottish Biotech Steering Group (2000-2005) Adviser to the Norwegian government on Fuge biotechnology programme. Participated in two DTI Global Watch and two Scottish Development International missions to China and Japan. Exited Integrin 2008 and founded Xanthella in 2009 to develop systems for the biomanufacturing of algae. Strategy and leadership training from MIT Entrepreneurial Growth Programme. Leader of two Innovate UK grants with St Andrews and Strathclyde Universities on light manipulation. Chair of the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre Commercial Advisory Board. Published >50 scientific papers, co-authored 4 patents. >25years experience managing applied research projects including coordinating two EU CRAFT programmes. Currently leader of the £2M ASLEE/ENBIO project which aims to demonstrate the value of using algal production to solve the problems of electrical grid constraint in rural areas.

Hannah Milne


Hannah is the Project Co-ordinator for Zero Waste Leith, a Zero Waste Scotland-funded project run by Changeworks in Edinburgh. Zero Waste Leith is a community-led project which works with local partners and a team of volunteers to help residents, community groups, schools and businesses in Leith reduce waste and recycle more. Hannah worked with Leithers Don’t Litter to design an innovative communication campaign to reduce flytipping in Leith, called Flyspotting. Hannah co-ordinated a team of volunteers to help deliver the campaign, and as a result they successfully reduced flytipping by 47%.

Hannah has five years’ experience managing projects that support the City of Edinburgh Council with community engagement and behaviour change, including the 2017 Edinburgh Flats Recycling Consultation and Real Nappy Project. She is also an experienced workshop facilitator who has delivered Love Food Hate Waste, Kitchen Canny and Love Your Clothes training across Scotland.

Peter Mitchell


Peter is a professional economist with over 25 years of experience working in the private and public sectors producing high quality economic and policy analysis. Peter’s work covers the economics of circular economy and resource efficiency including economic cost-benefit and impact modelling.

Before joining Valpak, Peter worked at WRAP where he was Head of Economics.

Chris Morrison


As a Project Manager at Zero Waste Scotland with a focus on community based initiatives, Chris has supported the Zero Waste Town projects since 2014. Helping them to implement their strategies and approaches to inspire and enable changes to local resource use. He also has experience in delivering consumer campaigns and has worked in the past on the Love Food Hate Waste campaign, Recycle for Scotland and other waste prevention initiatives. What Chris finds exciting is the interplay between the larger issues at the national level and how they interact with activity, messaging at the importance of place in a local context.

Duncan Oswald


Duncan is a Fellow of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment and a Chartered Environmentalist with 25 years’ experience of developing and delivering resource efficiency services for agencies such as Zero Waste Scotland, Resource Efficient Scotland, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Local Authorities and many hundreds of private businesses. He has extensive experience in the construction sector, particularly in sustainable construction, where he worked as an Ecohomes assessor from the product’s launch in 2000, also acting as sustainability consultant for major projects, such as the 3,500-unit redevelopment of Craigmillar. Duncan’s expertise also includes energy efficiency, carbon accounting, energy systems design and renewables.

Dr Adam Read


Dr Adam Read is the Director of External Affairs at Suez Recycling & Recovery UK, where he is responsible for government engagement, and closer working with CIWM, ESA and other trade bodies in the UK and internationally, including ISWA and FEAD.

Adam has been in the sector for 25 years’ as a local authority officer, academic, consultant and practitioner, and for much of the last 12 months he has been working closely with UK and international colleagues in addressing the risks and opportunities arising from China’s National Sword Programme.

Adam is a regular industry commentator on TV, radio and through national and trade press, and enjoys a good debate, whilst embracing social media as a means of reaching new audiences and stakeholders. Adam was elected as the CIWM’s Junior Vice President earlier this year and will become President in October 2020, in the meantime he is a general Councillor and Member of the Institutions Executive Committee.

Bruce Reekie


Bruce has over 20 years’ experience in the private, public and community sectors working primarily in wastes and environmental management.

Bruce is currently the Waste Services and Community Greenspace Manager. This role involves responsibility for new Waste and Recycling Contracts including treatment, processing and disposal, increased reuse and recycling through partnerships with community enterprises and development and delivery of new commercial waste services.

This role also includes responsibility for looking after the green spaces in the area from parks, countryside paths and sites, road verges, graveyards and flower beds. Community Greenspace also includes Bereavement Services.

Nick Ribbons


As Zero Waste Scotland’s Sector Manager for construction it’s my job to engage with businesses of all sizes and identify key drivers to maximize material value and minimize waste.  It is also my duty to develop opportunities to demonstrate reuse, recycling and circular activities in construction and share these with the sector to encourage change.

Mark Simmers


Mark is an entrepreneur and commercialisation specialist with over 20 years of international experience in sales, marketing and business development. In 2011 Mark graduated from the highly prestigious Saltire Foundation Global Entrepreneurial Fellowship Programme, which included a fast-track MBA programme at Babson College, Boston USA. Mark helped to co-found Celtic Renewables in late 2011, and has been the company’s CEO since its inception leading the rapid growth of the company, which has seen its technology proven at pilot commercial scale and the development of the company first industrial scale plant to be operational in 2018. Mark has won numerous investment pitching and business presentation awards on behalf of Celtic Renewables, and has built a strong and dynamic team at the company. Celtic Renewables is widely regarded as one of the most innovative new renewables companies in the UK. In a relatively short existence it has generated an exceptional global profile and awareness for sustainable biofuel innovation, and in 2015 the company was named European Biotech SME of the year and Emerging Scottish Business of the Year.

Mark graduated from Bristol University in Economics and Accounting and started out his career with the International Management Group in London working with a team commercialising and managing the global golf assets of IMG. Mark founded and managed his own events and promotions company in Scotland from 2001-07.

Mark is married with three children, and is a keen sportsman in his spare time.

Jennifer Smart


Jennifer joined the CSIC in May 2017 bringing 20 years of experience in the Construction, Utilities and FM marketplace with a particular focus on the Water Industry where she has spent over 10 years working for Thames Water and Scottish Water.

She is a qualified Civil & Environmental Engineer with extensive experience in Internal and External Communications, Relationship Management and Business Development. With this experience, Jennifer will be leading on our Civils, Infrastructure and Environmental projects across Scotland.

Jennifer is a creative individual who thrives on supporting the development of innovative solutions to drive businesses forward and in turn creating a positive impact on the Construction industry in Scotland.

Dr Nicki Souter


Nicki has over 20 years’ experience in developing and delivering effective behavioural change programmes for the resource management sector, currently as Director of Nicki Souter Associates (NSA), a communications consultancy which has been in operation for 8 years and previously as Campaign Manager for the Waste Aware Scotland / Zero Waste Campaigning Programme for 11 years. She has considerable experience in developing behavioural change programmes for public, private sector and third sector clients across the resource and carbon management sectors.

Nicki has a PhD in Environmental Biochemistry and Microbiology and is a Chartered Waste Manager with CIWM. She is Chair of the CIWM’s Scottish Centre Council, and sits on the UK CIWM Communications Committee. She has won several resource management awards for her work in the sector including the outstanding individual achievement award and the ISWA Global Communications Award for her work with Waste Aware Scotland.

Rebecca Walker


Rebecca is a senior manager based in SEPA’s Circular Economy portfolio. Rebecca manages 4 teams responsible for a breadth of areas across the waste and resources agenda including: use of secondary materials, landfills, producer responsibility, recyclate quality and quantity, benefit of organic waste and materials to land, Duty of Care across the supply chain, Scottish Landfill Tax and the Scottish Landfill Communities Fund and resource efficiency. Rebecca also leads on Sector Planning in SEPA. Rebecca has been with SEPA for 14 years. Prior to her current role, other roles in SEPA included Waste and Landfill Tax Manager, Waste Unit Manager, Circular Economy Principal Policy Officer and lead officer for Climate Change. Throughout her time at SEPA, Rebecca has been a strong advocate in resource efficiency to help meet environmental compliance and ultimately improve environmental and economic performance. She has also worked at Scottish Government, Defra and in environmental consultancy in Australia.

Professor David C. Wilson


David Wilson has been a waste and resource management consultant for 40 years, and a Visiting Professor at Imperial College London since 2000. He is well known for his extensive work on waste and resources policy, strategy and evidence in both the UK and developing and emerging countries.

He was the lead author of UNEP and ISWA’s inaugural Global Waste Management Outlook, which traces the evolution from ‘waste management’ to ‘resources management’ and the ‘circular economy’. A current focus for David is mismanaged solid waste in developing countries as the major source of plastics entering the oceans.

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