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.