Circular Economy Task Force appoints new chair

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Dr Colin Church, CIWM CEO and chair of the Circular Economy Task Force

Dr Colin Church has been appointed as the new chair of the business-led Circular Economy Task Force; a business-led group convened by the think tank Green Alliance.

A forum for policy innovation and business thinking on resource use in the UK, the Circular Economy Task Force's current members comprise Aquapak Polymers, Kingfisher, Kyocera Document Solutions, Sinvestec, Viridor, WRAP, and Walgreens Boots Alliance.

Dr Church is the CEO of CIWM, the professional body for the waste and resource management sector, and has 21 years of civil service experience. Formerly director of environmental quality at Defra, he was responsible for the government’s support for waste infrastructure development, and was previously a non-executive director of the waste and resources organisation, WRAP.

According to the Green Alliance, Dr Church's appointment comes at "a critical moment for UK resources policy".

"This next phase will consider the role of effective resource management in the UK’s new industrial strategy and the government’s forthcoming 25 year plan for the environment. These will both shape the resource policy framework as the UK leaves the EU," said a Green Alliance spokesperson.

Previous analysis by Green Alliance, on behalf of the business group, has stimulated a current government review of recycling systems across the UK. And it’s most recent report, Recycling reset, published in January, sets out recommendations on how to improve recycling in England.

Dr Church takes over from Sue Armstrong Brown, former policy director at Green Alliance.


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