WRAP appoints three new Trustees

9th September 2019

WRAP is delighted to announce the appointment of new Trustees to its Board – Sarah Chapman, Sachin Kapila and Michaelene Kinnersley.

Together, they bring a wealth of experience in the business and environmental spheres and join WRAP at an exciting time when it is focused on developing its international work and diversifying its funding base.

Sarah Chapman has led several businesses and organisations focused on positive climate impact. She is currently CEO and co-founder of finance firm Faro Energy, which is investing in distributed solar projects in emerging markets, primarily in Brazil. Prior to that, Sarah was the start-up Chief of Staff for the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, a coalition of world leaders, CEOs, heads of global institutions and researchers which launched the ground-breaking New Climate Economy report in 2014. 

Said Sarah: “The world needs to undergo a major transition in the way that we use resources and manage waste. WRAP is a leader in this transition, combining rigorous research with ground breaking partnerships to deliver measurable change. I see huge potential for WRAP to scale its impact both domestically and internationally over the coming months and years. I hope my experience in business building and clean energy investment will be relevant and useful to the organisation as it grows.”

Sachin Kapila is a leading industry expert on business and biodiversity. He worked on numerous international projects with one of the world’s largest environment consultancies before joining Shell where, amongst other roles, he led a number of innovative projects to reduce the company’s environmental footprint. Sachin recently became the Chief Policy Officer of Cervest, an AI company which aims to provide cutting edge science to help governments, businesses and food growers protect against climate volatility.

Said Sachin: “I was attracted by the opportunity to join a fantastic organisation at a very important time as both policy makers and the public’s awareness of better waste management and resource efficiency is increasing. I bring over 25 years’ experience of working in the private sector and look forward to helping WRAP think through its longer-term strategy as well as identifying emerging opportunities.”

Michaelene Kinnersley has supported the development of not-for-profit organisations for over 25 years. Her areas of expertise are raising revenue and capital financing from philanthropic, corporate and social investment sectors and building operational partnerships which enable effective programme delivery and scaling of operations.  Currently Michaelene is Head of Partnerships at the Kofi Annan Foundation, the organisation which develops programmes which promote respect for peace and security, sustainable development and human rights and the rule of law around the world.

Said Michaelene: “As populations grow and consumption of all sorts ramps up, every business and individual needs to think even more carefully about the best and most efficient use and reuse of resources. WRAP is such an important influencer of good practice based on good science, and I am delighted to join an organisation that combines essential research and data analysis with the collaborative development of good practice in such a critical area.”

Responding to the appointments, Chief Executive, Dr Marcus Gover, said: “We’ve achieved some incredible things at WRAP in working towards our vision of a world where the planet’s precious resources are used sustainably. But we want to go further and faster and I am delighted to be bringing such a dynamic and vastly experienced group of people on board who share our ambition and can help us achieve it.”

Said Chair Julie Hill: “It’s a testament to WRAP’s reputation as an agent of  sustainable change that we have attracted such a pool of talent and experience to our team. I am hugely excited for the future and look forward to working with our new Board members.”

WRAP's vision is a world in which resources are used sustainably.

WRAP works with governments, businesses and communities to deliver practical solutions to improve resource efficiency.

Our mission is to accelerate the move to a sustainable, resource-efficient economy by:

  • re-inventing how we design, produce and sell products, 
  • re-thinking how we use and consume products, and 
  • re-defining what is possible through re-use and recycling 

Amanda Williamson

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