Resourcing the Future Conference 2021 – Day 1

Watch Day Two here. 

The global forces affecting our sector are changing at an exponential rate. Our role has escalated from essential service to critical solution. Our expertise in preserving natural resources and sustainably managing waste is vital in the increasingly rapid drive to establish circular economies and achieve net zero.

Participate in RTF 2021 to:
• Precisely understand the environmental, technological and political changes impacting our sector
• Discover how you and your organisation can embrace and capitalise on this change
• Collaborate, because only by working together will we move the world beyond waste

Looking forward and sharing our collective knowledge, determination and creativity will help us become more resilient, more adaptable and better prepared to grasp the opportunities in this rapidly changing world.

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

Session 1: Delivering a circular economy in the age of acceleration – What role will policy reform play in creating a more resource-efficient society across the UK over the next five and thirty years?

In an era of rapid change, what does the direction of travel mean from an operational perspective and what opportunities will the new regulatory regimes create over the next decade? What are the next generation of circular economy drivers? What’s missing and what new challenges might policy-makers have to address beyond 2030? In this session, we explore where the wider world is heading in terms of sustainability and what the UK will need to do in order to lead the way.

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

Policy updates from:

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

Panel discussions with:

Moderator: Robbie Staniforth, Innovation and Policy Director, Ecosurety

  • Jacob Hayler, Executive Director, Environmental Services Association
  • Paul Vanston, Chief Executive, INCPEN
  • Emma Beal, Chair of NAWDO
  • Professor Nick Voulvoulis, Professor of Environmental Technology, Imperial College
  • Adam Read, CIWM President & External Affairs Director, SUEZ

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

As we adjust to support Government’s decarbonisation objectives, circular economy systems and green-recovery business models, what skills will be necessary to support these initiatives? What is the role of diversity in adapting to change and how can we make our sectors more diverse? Through presentations, case studies and a panel Q&A, this session provides you with the opportunity to assess your own skills needs and empower you to develop them.

Presentation: Skills for the Future – Dr. Adam Read, CIWM President and Director of External Affairs SUEZ

Presentations and panel discussion:

  • Reuse and Repair – Cat Fletcher, Co-Founder & Media Director, Freegle UK
  • Systems Thinking – Anthony Painter, Chief Impact Officer, RSA
  • Communications and Behaviour 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 & Organisational 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 across recycling, waste management and circular economy industries?

The last 18 months have been challenging for all of us – but what are the mental health implications of rapid change and prolonged uncertainty, and how can the recycling and waste management sector prepare to address this for the future? Through a series of presentations and a panel discussion, this session considers the technological advances that will shape the health and safety profile of the sector over the next 10 and 30 years and what barriers may need to be overcome in order to implement them.


  • First Aid for Mental Health – Simon Richardson, Director, GoldenTree CIC
  • ESA H&S programme overview – Sam Corp, Head of Regulation, ESA

Panel discussions with:

Moderator: 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, Greyparrot
  • Rainer Rehn, Sales Director, Zen Robotics

Session 4: How can all actors across the economic value chain collaborate effectively to deliver a more resource-efficient economy and change for the better?

This session opens with case studies exploring innovation and policy drivers facilitating collaboration across the value chain, the role of data and digital materials tracking, and how EPR will foster greater collaboration. Our panel then debates how all parts of the value chain can operate as one system and who will lead and coordinate these collaborative efforts.


  • The Role EPR Might 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 & Chair, Britain Thinks
  • John Coates, LARAC
  • Simon Rutledge, Group External Affairs and Sustainability Manager, Biffa
  • Tracy Sutton, Founder and Lead Consultant, Root
  • Simon Ellin, The Recycling Association

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

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