LWARB would like to invite London Borough officers to apply to become circular economy champions.

In 2016 LWARB established a London Borough circular economy champions scheme. The aim of the scheme is to work with three officers per year, who will work to actively lead and promote circular economy thinking and practice within their organisation.

We are now looking for the second cohort of circular economy champions for 2019. LWARB offers each champion support to deliver action, and the opportunity for London Borough staff to increase their understanding of the circular economy. Knowledge and skills building opportunities are provided through a place at an Ellen Macarthur Foundation (EMF) Circular Economy 100 Acceleration Workshop, or the Annual Summit, and access to the EMF online circular economy training.

The Acceleration workshop is a two-day event that takes place every six months in a major European city. It attracts senior representatives from some of the world’s biggest companies and cities, as well as academics, SMEs and policy makers. For example, the main funders of the EMF, the Global Partners, are Cisco, Google, H&M, Intesa Sanpaolo, Kingfisher, Phillips, Renault, and Unilever.

The Annual Summit is a one-day event attended by CE100 members and leading circular economy thinkers.

What we are looking for

This scheme aims to increase delivery of action which help London to transition to a more circular economy through increased understanding by boroughs, assistance with identification of opportunities for circular economy activities within the borough, and facilitating creation of projects to deliver circular economy within boroughs.

For example , LWARB assisted Merton’s champion to investigate the creation of a housing development in Merton which embeds circular economy. Merton is continuing to work with the housing developer to deliver the opportunities identified.

Requirement from champions and borough

  • Each champion is required to work with LWARB to deliver the activities identified within their application (see how to apply). The champion will also actively promote circular economy thinking and practice within their own organisation and networks.
  • Each Borough will need to demonstrate commitment to delivering the activities identified within the application form, including allowing the Champion adequate time to deliver activities and attend an EMF event. Attendance at either an acceleration workshop (up to 3 days) or/and the Annual Summit (1 day).

What LWARB will provide

In addition to the opportunity to attend an EMF event, and access the online course LWARB will provide:

  • A grant of up to £5,000 for each borough to assist in delivering activities
  • Approximately 5 days support over 12 months to each borough. There would also be support from LWARB’s Senior Management team to engage Senior Managers within Boroughs to ensure buy-in with relevant projects.

Benefits to you and your organisation

Being a Circular Economy Champion offers some significant CPD opportunities in a rapidly growing area of policy. London has committed to a vision of becoming a Low Carbon Circular Economy within the new London Environment Strategy.

Becoming a circular economy champion will allow you to make contacts with some of the world’s biggest companies, as well as a host of smaller ones, with all the potential collaborative opportunities this provides. The circular economy champions scheme is open to anyone who works for a London borough council, in whatever capacity and at whatever level, although we are looking to recruit people who can make a real impact.

There are also potential benefits for your borough. LWARB are very keen to explore with you and other boroughs how circular economy business models, for example sharing and leasing, can be developed at local level to deliver income or savings to local authorities. Circular economy thinking will have wider applications in the public realm, in purchasing policies, land use planning, housing and mobility.

How to apply

To apply to become a champion please send an email by 5pm 4th Jan 2019 to providing the following information:

  • Name, position and directorate of officer
  • Why is this scheme of interest to your borough? And how will it help deliver borough commitments?
  • Why is this scheme of interest to you?
  • What specific areas of activity would you like to undertake with LWARB as part of this scheme (please specify what you will require from LWARB, and what the borough will provide to deliver activity/activities).

Please note we will require all participating Boroughs to report to LWARB on how funding has been utilised, what it has achieved and allow us to publicise positive results.

If you have any questions please contact Andrea Crump at

Further information

London Circular Economy Route Map

CE100 Acceleration Workshops

Ellen Macarthur Foundation Annual Summit

Please note : Circular economy acceleration workshops are usually located in major European cities. LWARB will cover the costs of attendance at these workshops by arranging for travel and accommodation. Other expenses will be met by the participant.