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FRN Annual Conference 2017



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Alan Wheeler, Director, Textile Recycling Association

Alan cut his teeth in the recycling sector in the mid-90s before establishing himself in the local authority sector. Now he is making waves in the Textiles Division at the Bureau of International Recycling as General Delegate and is the Director of the Textile Recycling Association.


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Andy Currie, General Manager Operations, DHL Envirosolutions

Andy is responsible for delivering service excellence through operations and transport functions. Having worked in the WEEE industry for ten years, Andy has built a trusted network of contacts that can respond to the customer needs and the DHLE business.

Andy Currie DHL 

Anthony Ward, Manager, Genesis Trust

Anthony joined The Genesis Trust in March 2015 to develop and run the Furniture Project. He has a background in Business improvement, management and training as well as property and furniture restoration.


Ben Thomas, Sustainability Manager – Re-use & Recycling, John Lewis 

Ben is responsible for ensuring the successful development and delivery of a robust circular economy strategy for John Lewis. Working closely with internal and external stakeholders, Ben is exploring opportunities for John Lewis to close the loop on waste, and drive the transition towards a more sustainable retail sector. Ben has extensive experience working with the UK retail sector, WRAP and ZWS.

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Claire Astbury, External Affairs Manager, National Housing Federation

Claire has represented the work of housing associations in the East of England since 2004. Her main focus is to build relationships with housing associations and strategic decision makers across the region. She regularly acts as a spokesperson on housing, economic, health and welfare issues.


 claire astbury

Claire O’Brien, Recycling and Waste Manager, Dunelm

Claire started her time in waste management working for the charity Brumcan, where she launched the first multi material kerbside recycling collection in Birmingham. At WRAP she worked with SMEs to increase take up in recycling collections. In her current role as Recycling and Waste Manager at Dunelm she has driven up the recycling performance and decreased waste emergence across the stores. 

Dr Colin Church, Chief Executive, CIWM

Colin is the Chief Executive of CIWM, the professional body for resources and waste management. He is a member of the Newcastle Waste Commission and Chair of the Circular Economy Task Force - a business led group convened by Green Alliance that aims to lead policy discussions with ambitious business thinking. Colin is also a Trustee of CHEM Trust.



Craig Anderson OBE, Chief Executive, FRN

Craig is the Chief Executive of the FRN and has worked for the organisation since 1998. He directs a team of dedicated people working nationwide to help shape the future work practices of re-use organisations across the UK, ensuring the FRN membership is fully represented, supported and informed on all issues and practices related to re-use for social, economic and environmental benefit.

@CraigAndersonUK @FRNUK

 Craig Anderson Photo

Dr Dominic Hogg, Chairman, Eunomia Research & Consulting Ltd

Dominic is the Founder and Chairman of Eunomia Research & Consulting. He is most at home working on projects which demand a critical perspective, and application of novel approaches to pressing environmental issues. He works closely with Eunomia’s team of modelling experts to bring new insights and understanding to complex issues of high policy relevance.


 Dominic Hogg Headshot MED

Emma Marchant, Manager, Sustainable Communities, John Lewis

Helen Campbell, Campaigns Officer, End Furniture Poverty

Helen leads the activities of End Furniture Poverty, a campaign dedicated to researching and raising awareness of the hidden issue of Furniture Poverty. She works closely with external partners to develop better solutions to Furniture Poverty across different sectors including housing providers and third sector organisations.

 Helen Campbell

Julian Price, Managing Director, Reviive

In the fifteen years that Julian has worked in furniture re-use, he started a furniture project in support of a homeless charity and established Reviive in 2010. Julian has experience of commercial contracts with local authorities, their contractors and housing organisations. As the chair of FRNE, he’s committed to supporting the development of FRN's commercial arrangements with national retailers.


 Julian Price

Louise McGregor, Head of Circular Economy, Zero Waste Scotland

Louise has fifteen years’ experience in Resource Management. Most recently, she has led the Zero Waste Scotland Circular Economy programme, helping to deliver the evidence base for the circular economy in Scotland, and supporting the issue of the Scottish Government’s Circular Economy strategy. Louise is now focussed on increasing the levels of re-use, repair and remanufacturing in Scotland; and developing circular economy solutions with business. 


Lynn Maxwell, Sustainability Developer, IKEA

Lynn is passionate about sustainability, in particular circular and sharing economy. As the Sustainability Developer for the IKEA UK Western Region Stores, she is helping stores to embed sustainability across all departments. Through this role, Lynn is involved in a steering group of the Furniture Take-Back Scheme in IKEA UK&IE and is spearheading a Textiles Revival project in the Cardiff Store.


Mark Varney, Director of Food, FareShare

As Director of Food at FareShare, Mark leads the team responsible for FareShare’s partnerships with food manufacturers, retailers, wholesalers and logistics companies in the UK food industry. He led the development and publication of the innovative FareShare Food Efficiency Framework which was launched in 2016 and represents FareShare at a number of cross-industry working groups on Food Waste Prevention.


 Mark Varney

Michal Len, Director, RREUSE

Michal is Director of RREUSE, a representative body for social enterprises active in the field of re-use, repair and recycling. He has been with the organisation since 2011 and specialises in EU waste and product policy.


 Michal Len

Robin Osterley, Chief Executive, Charity Retail Association

Robin is Chief Executive of the Charity Retail Association, the UK’s only trade organisation representing the interests of charity shops and their parent charities. Robin has a longstanding background in lobbying and advocacy work, and he has been a representative on numerous Government and industry forums. He also helped establish the sector skills council for creative and cultural industries, CCSkills.

@ROsterley @Charityretail


Shaun England, Chief, Executive, toogoodtowaste

Shaun England is the Chief Executive Officer of toogoodtowaste, a leading social enterprise and re-use charity based in South Wales. With his knowledge gleamed from fifteen years of working in the commercial world, Shaun has been able to guide toogoodtowaste in becoming synonymous with the quality service and products of major retailers in some of the most deprived areas in South Wales.


 Shaun England

Tony Hilton, Founder, Charity Fleetcare

As a volunteer in a charity warehouse back in 2014, Tony Hilton was frustrated by the time being wasted on operating the charity’s old and tired commercial vehicles. Within two years Tony launched Charity Fleetcare to help charities save money and reduce risk. With his knowledge and experience, he continues to develop and improve the service for the users.


 Tony Hilton


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