Director of Sustainable Food Systems
Dr Richard Swannell, Director of Sustainable Food Systems at WRAP, has spent his career working on ways of reducing our impact on the environment. WRAP helps businesses and individuals reap the benefits of reducing waste, developing sustainable products and using resources in an efficient way. Richard is a microbiologist by training and his Doctorate was in Environmental Engineering.
He spent the last 12 years building successful business partnerships to reduce waste. Formerly Deputy Director of Envirowise, Richard joined WRAP in 2004 where he led the Retail team that delivered the ‘Courtauld Commitment’, an agreement between WRAP and all the main UK retailers to reduce packaging (www.wrap.org.uk/retail/courtauld_commitment).
His current remit is Sustainable Food Systems where he is responsible for driving improved design and resource efficiency in key resource intensive sectors. This covers work in the Construction (including ‘Half Waste to Landfill’), Food & Drink (including the successful ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ campaign that helps consumers save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by making better use of the food that they buy), Hospitality and DIY sectors. It also looks at reducing the environmental impact of textiles and electronics.