Julie Hill appointed new Chair of WRAP

22nd October 2014

WRAP today announced that Julie Hill will be appointed as Chair of the WRAP Board of Trustees at the next WRAP Board meeting on 19 November.

She succeeds Peter Stone, who will retire at the WRAP Board Meeting in November.

Julie Hill is a former Director, and is now an Associate, of Green Alliance. She has worked for many years on the waste and resources agenda, and most recently has chaired Green Alliance’s Circular Economy Task Force.  She has advised governments and businesses on a broad range of environmental policy issues. A strong advocate of consumer engagement, she serves on the board of the Consumer Council for Water, and is a former board member of the Environment Agency and the Eden Project.

David Palmer-Jones, Non Executive Director of WRAP Board who chaired the appointment panel, said the Board was “absolutely delighted” at the appointment

He said:

“Julie Hill is internationally respected for her expertise in waste and resources issues, and is at the forefront of thinking about the circular economy. Julie is a passionate supporter of WRAP and the agenda we are working on. The Board is delighted to have secured her deep expertise, and she has a strong commercial background which will be helpful to WRAP. 

Commenting on her appointment, Julie Hill said:

“WRAP’s staff have a track record of great authority, insight and the ability to turn ideas into action. This, combined with their powerful recycling and food waste consumer campaigns have helped to transform the way we think about waste and resources in the UK, and I am delighted to be joining an organisation that’s making such a difference.  WRAP is at the forefront as these debates move forward and I am very much looking forward to working with Liz Goodwin and her executive team on that journey.”

Liz Goodwin, Chief Executive of WRAP said: 

“Julie Hill is highly respected for shaping thinking around resources and the circular economy, and is passionately committed to WRAP’s vision of a world in which resources are used sustainably. WRAP has achieved much already and Julie will be helping us to put our exciting plans for the future into action. ”

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Notes to Editors

Julie Hill has worked on environmental policy for over twenty five years. Her areas of particular expertise are waste and resources policy, biotechnology and sustainable buildings.   As Director and then an Associate of Green Alliance, she has developed the resources theme over a period of fifteen years, most recently chairing the Circular Economy Task Force.

Julie has held a number of senior advisory posts in government and in commercial organisations. These include a total of fifteen years on government regulatory and advisory committees governing Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), and four years as Deputy Chair of the Agriculture and Environment Biotechnology Commission (AEBC), where she was responsible for the implementation of innovative approaches to public and stakeholder engagement. She has also served terms as Non-executive Director of the Environment Agency for England and Wales, and of the Eden Project in Cornwall, and is presently an Independent Board Member of the Consumer Council for Water.  She is also a Senior Fellow at the University of Surrey.

Julie read English and Philosophy at Leeds University, and holds a Master’s degree in Politics and Government of Western Europe from the London School of Economics. Her publications include ‘The Secret Life of Stuff’ (Vintage, 2011) and the influential reports ‘Reinventing the Wheel’ (Green Alliance 2011) and ‘A Zero Waste UK’ (IPPR/Green Alliance 2006).

Julie will take up her appointment following the next meeting of the WRAP Board of Trustees on 19 November. She will be appointed initially for a term of four years. 

WRAP’s vision is a world where resources are used sustainably. Established as a not-for-profit company in 2000, it works in partnership to help businesses, individuals and communities improve resource efficiency.

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