New Board members at London Waste & Recycling Board signal new business plan ambitions and priorities

new LWARB board

The London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) has today announced four new appointments to its Board, signaling the organisation’s ambition to deliver a high impact programme of work over its new 5-year business plan period.

The appointments, made by partners London Councils, come at a time when many are calling for a green recovery, with London Councils and the Mayor of London championing low-carbon development, consumption emissions reduction, the green economy and the creation of a resilient and green London as they call for rapid and collective action on climate change[1].

These are high priorities for LWARB’s new board members, all influential figures from business, NGO and local government sectors. They bring a wealth and range of experience that will help build LWARB’s presence in its priority focus areas of food, textiles and plastics, while strengthening the organisation’s vital relationships with local authorities and the corporate sector. The new appointees are:

  • Chantelle Nicholson – multi-award-winning chef owner of Tredwells, in the West End’s Seven Dials. As one of the UK’s leading female names in the hospitality industry, Chantelle’s achievements to date set her apart as a source of inspiration to hospitality professionals across the UK. She is active on the topic of food sustainability and waste.
  • Claire Holland – Deputy Leader of Lambeth Council and Chair of London Councils’ Transport and Environment Committee. Claire has been Lambeth’s Cabinet Member for Sustainable Transport, Environment & Clean Air since 2018.
  • Joe Murphy – leader of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Network, which brings together leading businesses, cities, universities, and emerging innovators to accelerate the transition towards a circular economy. Joe brings financial expertise to the Board, working previously at PayPal and Ernst & Young.
  • Krupa Sheth – Councillor in the London Borough of Brent and current Cabinet Member for Environment, working on initiatives such as recycling, biodiversity and the Climate Emergency, Krupa also sits on the West London Waste Authority Board and London Council’s Transport and Environment Committee.

The new Board members will make a vital contribution to the delivery of LWARB’s new business plan, focused on accelerating London’s transition to a low carbon, circular economy and driving down the capital’s consumption-based emissions, reducing waste and increasing recycling. They will also support the organisation as it seeks to diversify its funding base while delivering its core mission to reduce waste and increase recycling in the capital.

Dr Liz Goodwin OBE, Chair of LWARB, said:

“The next phase of LWARB’s work programme is critical to help London become the world-leading low carbon circular city championed by the Mayor, and we have been privileged to have the support of our outgoing members who have brought us to this pivotal point in our history. We thank them for their energy and hard work. 

“As we enter our next phase, I have no doubt that our new board members will also bring diverse and vital skills, perspectives and experience to help the city emerge from the challenge of recent times equipped to fulfil its role on the global stage. We have an opportunity now to change things permanently and for the better – and I look forward to working with our refreshed Board to make that happen.”

Wayne Hubbard, LWARB Chief Executive Officer, said:

“I am delighted to welcome these new Board members to LWARB, and to have such experienced local government and industry figures joining us in our mission to mitigate climate change. These are challenging times; but as calls are growing around the world for us to build back better, I have no doubt that these new appointments will boost our energies, extend our networks and provide insights which will help us build a more resource-efficient and resilient city.”

 

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Notes to editors:

Outgoing members of LWARB’s board are:

  • Cllr Bassam Mahfouz – Labour Councillor for Northolt West End ward in the London Borough of Ealing; chair of West London Waste Authority.
  • Melville Haggard – with over 30 years’ experience as a project financier and adviser to industry and HM Government, Melville has held roles including: member of the Advisory Group on the Green Investment Bank; Markets Development Adviser to Defra; and positions with Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, Lloyds Bank International, Arbuthnot Latham and Impax Group plc.
  • Cllr Ian Wingfield – Labour Councillor at Southwark Council, elected in 1989; twice selected as a Parliamentary Candidate and seconded to the Labour Party as a Senior Legal & Constitutional Officer at Westminster 2003-2005.
  • Barbara Anderson – experienced commercial Board Director and Chair, with expertise in building and environmental technology, housing and hospitality sectors. Barbara is also Non-Executive Director at Sovereign Housing Association.

London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB)

The London Waste and Recycling Board is a statutory partnership of the Mayor of London and the London boroughs to support the Mayor of London’s and London boroughs’ policies to improve waste and resource management. The city’s economic and environmental future depends on a transition to a low-carbon circular economy, and LWARB works to ensure that London’s businesses, local government and communities thrive by helping them make the very best use of resources and materials.  https://www.lwarb.gov.uk

London Councils

London Councils represents London’s 32 boroughs and the City of London. It is a cross-party organisation that works on behalf of all its member authorities regardless of political persuasion. More about London Councils: www.londoncouncils.gov.uk

Mayor of London/Greater London Authority

The London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) is chaired by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan or his representative. The Mayor is working to create a circular economy, reducing waste and the use of single-use packaging so that fewer disposable products are created in the first place. This includes ensuring valuable resources are kept in use for as long as possible and supporting London’s boroughs, businesses and the waste industry to reduce, reuse and recycle.

Through his London Environment Strategy, the Mayor aims to make London a zero-waste city by 2050, making the best use of all the capital’s waste where market opportunities exist to recover value from it. By 2026 no biodegradable or recyclable waste will be sent to landfill and by 2030 65% of London’s municipal waste will be recycled.

[1] TEC-LEDNet Joint Statement: Climate Change – published 13 December 2019