INCPEN is seeking to appoint a new director to run the organisation after conforming that Jane Bickerstaffe is to retire before the end of 2017.
Jane joined INCPEN in 1990 as technical director before taking over the director role in 2000. Among her many achievements, she has commissioned and managed a variety of in-depth research projects. These have helped to support companies in their efforts to improve their packaging from an environmental and social perspective.
They have also provided evidence to demonstrate the vital role that packaging plays, and have countered several inaccuracies and myths – for example, showing that packaging has a net positive environmental benefit, as it saves more resources than it uses and prevents more waste than it generates.
INCPEN campaigns that Jane has worked on include research into the composition of household waste through a six week analysis of actual waste generated on Merseyside. This showed that packaging (at that time) accounted for under a third of this waste as opposed to the widely accepted figure of half. Today packaging is less than 20% of dustbin waste. More recently, Jane has co-ordinated INCPEN’s anti-litter programme and is a representative on the government’s new advisory group for a National Litter Strategy.
Jane’s role at INCPEN has seen her dealing extensively with national and local government, policymakers and relevant interest groups and organisations. She regularly presents at national and international conferences and seminars, and is the author of several reports and publications for a variety of audiences including schools.
“Jane has done a fantastic job in promoting the many positive benefits of packaging and ensuring that the interests of all sectors of the supply chain are fully represented when it comes to policy making,” comments INCPEN chairman David Baker.
“We are now looking for a successor with the same combination of knowledge, passion and enthusiasm to carry on this good work. Packaging will remain an easy target for the ill-informed and it is vital that we continue to promote the positive contribution it makes to society.
“We are grateful that Jane has given us fair warning of her wish to retire so that there will be an opportunity for the new appointee to work alongside her to ensure a smooth and effective handover.”
Established in 1974, INCPEN is a research body set up to understand the environmental and social effects of packaging. Its members are manufacturers and retailers from all parts of the supply chain who work together to promote responsible packaging for sustainable supply chains.