CFO Jonathan Lea retires

20th January 2017

After six years as WRAP’s CFO, Jonathan Lea is to retire, leaving WRAP on 20 January, 2017.

Jonathan has been a valued member of the Executive team since joining in 2010, playing a pivotal role in helping the organisation’s strategic development and improving processes. He also took on a lead role in WRAP’s transition to successfully becoming a registered charity, allowing WRAP to diversify its funding base. 

WRAP will welcome Gareth Prior, who has been appointed as the new Finance Director on 8 May. Gareth, who is currently Vice President, Strategy & Operations at John Wiley & Sons, Inc, is an experienced senior finance executive with a track-record of strategic and operational leadership. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), and holds a BA Hons and MA from the University of Oxford. 

Marcus Gover, CEO, WRAP, said:

“It’s been a real privilege to work with Jonathan over the past six years, and his contribution to WRAP’s strategy has been invaluable. On behalf of everyone at WRAP, I’d like to wish him a fond farewell and thank him for his excellent work.

“I’m delighted to welcome Gareth on board and I look forward to working with him. I have no doubt he will be a real asset to the team, bringing with him a wealth of commercial and strategic experience that will help drive WRAP’s ambitions”.  

Julie Hill, Chair, WRAP, said:

“Jonathan has been an excellent CFO, going above and beyond the duties that were expected of him, showing exemplary leadership. He will be missed, but he leaves WRAP in excellent shape financially. I wish him the very best in his retirement”.

Gareth Prior, said:

“It’s been my personal ambition to bring my commercial skills to a respected and ambitious not-for-profit organisation that delivers meaningful social benefit and real change. My move to WRAP is an excellent opportunity, and I am thrilled to be joining at such an exciting time”.

Jonathan is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and prior to joining WRAP, gained extensive international business experience in Europe, Asia and Latin America. He is also the Treasurer of the Galapagos Conservation Trust and a Trustee of the Internet Watch Foundation, where he chairs the Audit Committee.

ENDS 

1.    First established in 2000, WRAP is a not for profit organisation and registered charity whose vision is a world where resources are used sustainably. WRAP works with governments, businesses and communities to deliver practical solutions to improve resource efficiency.

2.    Our mission is to accelerate the move to a sustainable resource-efficient economy through:

a.    re-inventing how we design, produce and sell products,

b.    re-thinking how we use and consume products, and 

c.    re-defining what is possible through re-use and recycling.