Re-Use Network’s Craig Anderson Receives OBE In Queen’s Honours

16-10-135picChief executive of the Furniture Re-use Network (FRN), Craig Anderson (pictured), has been awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours list.

Anderson has been with the FRN for 15 years and became chief executive in 2010. He was the guest speaker at the CIWM Annual Presidential Dinner in October.

Anderson said that his reciving of the Honour show that the establishment is taking the the sector seriously. “Now we need to make sure that Government, commerce and industry understand that with a simple little action in support of reuse we can do something good together, bring huge benefits for society and the environment, and have a major impact on communities across the UK,” he said.

Alongside Anderson’s OBE, other industry Honours include:

  • John Wild, cleansing manager, London Borough of Newham – for services to residents and the environment in Newham. BEM (British Empire Medal)
  • Keith Wright, street scene operative, Pontypool Town Centre – for services to the community in Pontypool, Torfaen. BEM (British Empire Medal).

“This is wonderful news and I am extremely grateful for this recognition and being honoured with an OBE. It is a very humbling experience to be honoured in this way, Anderson said in a statement. “This award also honours and recognises the work of the Furniture Re-use Network; the team, the board and the charity reuse sector across the UK. This is where the hard work is done and the successes accomplished. This is very much a sector that is driven by creating benefit for society.

Craig Anderson, FRN – “This honour shows that the establishment is taking our sector seriously. Now we need to make sure that Government, commerce and industry understand that with a simple little action in support of re-use we can do something good together, bring huge benefits for society and the environment, and have a major impact on communities across the UK”

“I have spent the last 15 years working to represent and support the important work of the charity reuse sector, and although it has not always been easy nor given due credit, we have accomplished so much. For 25 years the sector has reduced the poverty levels of low income UK households and supported people through training and helping them back into work – all through the reuse of furniture and electricals goods.

“We are now providing nearly a million low income households with much needed furniture and electrical goods and saving them over £340m every year. As well as stepping up to support those who are losing out most because of welfare cuts, the sector is also preventing 3m items from being wasted every year, saving nearly 400,000 tonnes of CO2. Our work makes social, economic and environmental sense.

“I am absolutely thrilled to receive this honour, especially with this being the 25th Anniversary of the FRN. We now have real achievements to celebrate while also looking to the future. I am delighted on a personal level and for the whole charity reuse sector.

“With this honour I am looking forward to being able to do more to help the sector do more, to raising the profile of our work and highlighting the benefits of reuse to alleviate poverty and waste.

“We need to ensure that members of the public can choose to re-use and support their local communities through our local furniture and electrical reuse charities, and also ensure that more people know that reuse matters.

“This honour shows that the establishment is taking our sector seriously. Now we need to make sure that Government, commerce and industry understand that with a simple little action in support of re-use we can do something good together, bring huge benefits for society and the environment, and have a major impact on communities across the UK.”

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