Dr Liz Goodwin OBE
Chair of the London Waste and Recycling Board
Liz Goodwin is a chemist by background. After an early career at ICI she began to move towards the environmental sector at Zeneca and subsequently Syngenta.
Realising the vital role that care for the environment was likely to have in the future she joined, at its inception in 2001, the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) as its first Director of Manufacturing and subsequently added the role of Director of Construction.
In 2007 Liz took on the role of CEO at WRAP which position she held until June 2016. During her period at WRAP, UK recycling rates increased from 9% to 43% and food waste was reduced by 21% in 4 years.
During the period of her leadership at WRAP ground-breaking collaborative agreements and schemes such as the Courtauld Initiative, Halving Waste to Landfill by the construction sector and Love Food Hate Waste campaigns were born and flourished.
Liz joined the World Resources Institute (WRI) in 2016 as Senior Fellow and Director, Food Loss and Waste.
She is also a Champion of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 the aim of which is to halve food waste around the globe by 2030.
Liz is a trustee of the Building Research Establishment where she is also Chair of the Research Committee.
In 2015 Liz was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to the Business Resource Efficiency and the Environment.
Cllr Bassam Mahfouz
Bassam has been a Labour Councillor for the Northolt West End ward in the London Borough of Ealing since 2005 As Cabinet member for Environment & Transport since 2010he has overseen recycling continuously increase in the borough, reaching record highs, during which time Ealing trialled a Recycling Rewards programme for communities.
Bassam is also Chair of the West London Waste Authority which has introduced and expanded a Waste Minimisation team with innovative initiatives to reward re-use allowing people to collect points to spend at local businesses in return for donating reusable materials.
Cllr Nicholas Paget-Brown
Cllr Nicholas Paget-Brown is leader of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, where he has been a councillor since 1986. He is a former member of London Councils Transport and Environment Committee.
He served on the Conservative Party’s “Quality of Life” Advisory Group before the 2010 General Election with particular reference to recycling end-of-life products. He also acted as an informal policy advisor to three successive shadow Secretaries of State for the Environment.
In 1997 he set up his own business, providing consultancy on public-sector policy issues with a special focus on the environment. He produced and published “UK Environment News” a corporate newsletter on environmental policy from 1998-2008. During this period he acquired an in-depth knowledge of the politics and economics of recycling, regularly attending CIWM, ESA and RWM seminars and conferences. He also ran international courses on carbon trading and the architecture of the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme as well as speaking regularly on environmental policy at seminars for business leaders.
Previously he was an international marketing manager for Reuters plc and was subsequently recruited to set up the UK arm of Knight-Ridder Information, owner of the largest multi-disciplinary database in the US.
Barbara is an experienced commercial Board Director and Chair, with particular expertise in building and environmental technology, housing and hospitality sectors.
Barbara is also Non Executive Director at Sovereign Housing Association where she is Chair of Remuneration committee and Chair of Audit and Risk designate.
She has previously run her own technology company, and has held senior executive positions in both Private Equity and Strategy Consulting. She trained originally as an architect, is qualified MA Dip Arch M Phil Cantab, and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Melville Haggard has over 30 years’ experience as a project financier and adviser to industry and HM Government. He was a member of the Advisory Group on the UK Government’s Green Investment Bank and is chairman of the investment committee of the London Waste and Recycling Board.
From 2005 – 2011 he was Markets Development Adviser to the UK Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs on the financing of waste and energy infrastructure under the waste PFI and PPP programmes.
His career in financial services included positions with Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, Lloyds Bank International, Arbuthnot Latham and Impax Group plc. In 2011, Melville founded Quartermain Advisers Limited to provide advice to clients in the energy and waste sectors.
He also holds a number of external appointments including: Trustee of The Clothworkers’ Foundation and a Member of The Clothworkers’ Company; Trustee of the Mitsubishi bank Pension & Life Fund; Director of the Knightbridge Neighbourhood Forum and Chairman of the Knightsbridge Association.
Cllr Feryal Demirci
Cllr Feryal Demirci has been a Labour Councillor in the London Borough of Hackney since 2006 and a is currently Cabinet member for Neighbourhoods, Transport and Parks. In this role Cllr Demirci covers a wide range of issues including waste management, recycling, street scene and highway infrastructure, parking, traffic management as well as overseeing Hackney’s much loved parks and green spaces.
Cllr Demirci has led a big step change to Hackney’s recycling service, from a kerb-side recycling collection to a borough-wide comingled collection and bringing the service back in-house. She has served on the North London Waste Authority Board for six years and has been serving as Vice Chair for two of these.
Prior to becoming a Councillor, Cllr Demirci worked as a Biomedical Scientist for the National Health Service.
Cllr Ian Wingfield
Ian was born and grew up in Chester and studied at the Anglia Ruskin University Cambridge, London School of Economics and Imperial College London. He holds a BA (Hons) degree in Modern History, a MSc (Econ) degree in Industrial Relations & Personnel Management and a PhD degree in Industrial Sociology. He is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development and a Life Member of the Institute of Management Services. He is a Liveryman of both the Worshipful Companies of Loriners and Glaziers.
Elected to Southwark Council in October 1989 Ian has held the following positions: Chief Whip Labour Group 1990-2002, Leader Labour Group 2002-2004, Deputy Leader Labour Group and Council 2010-2016, Cabinet Member for Housing 2010-2014, Cabinet Member for Communities/Culture, Employment & Business 2014-2016 and now Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Realm. Ian was Labour Whip to the Association of London Government 1990-2002, and a Member Local Government Association 1990-2004 and 2010-2016. Ian was also employed as a Political and Research Officer with the Communication Workers Union 1988-2015. He has twice been selected as a Parliamentary Candidate, and has also worked in Parliament in both the House of Lords and House of Commons. Ian was seconded to the Labour Party as a Senior Legal & Constitutional Officer at Westminster between 2003 and 2005, and as a policy researcher in 2015 in the run-up to the General Election.
Shirley Rodrigues was appointed as Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy in October 2016. She is using her environmental expertise to work with Transport for London (TfL) to deliver the Mayor’s plans for tackling air pollution across London. This includes: expanding the Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), new charges for the oldest and most polluting vehicles, and creating Low Emission Bus Zones.
She is also overseeing delivery of the Energy for Londoners programme (helping Londoners generate more low-carbon electricity), helping to boost London’s recycling rates and cutting landfill. She’s working to deliver the ambitious target of London becoming a zero-carbon city by 2050.
Shirley was Acting Executive Director for Climate Change at the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), an independent philanthropic organisation that works to transform the lives of poor and vulnerable children in developing countries.
She helped establish CIFF’s cities and climate strategy and represented CIFF on the board of the C40 Large Cities Leadership Group – a network of global cities committed to addressing climate change.
Shirley has an impressive track record of developing new environmental policies in London. She worked in senior environmental policy roles from 2005 to 2009, helping to implement the London Low Emission Zone and programmes to retrofit London’s residential and commercial buildings