A Cross-Sector Approach to Plastic: Eliminating Waste & Fostering Innovation

Join us to hear our expert panel discuss the challenges of eliminating plastic use and waste, and how innovative material solutions could help to incentivse consumers and manufacturers to embrace more sustainable solutions.

You will hear from:

  • Rebecca Sudworth

    Director of Policy

    Food Standards Agency

    Rebecca joined the FSA in April 2019 as Director of Policy. Rebecca has extensive experience as a Senior Civil Servant in the Treasury and in the Department for Work and Pensions. Her previous civil service roles have focused on social policy - particularly benefits design and reform, labour market policy and programmes to support the most disadvantaged into work. More recently, Rebecca has held Director of Strategy roles at Peabody, one of the UK’s largest housing associations, and at City, University of London. She has also been a Trustee of Shaw Trust  (a national charity helping people gain an education, enter work, develop their career, improve their wellbeing or rebuild their lives) and Chair of Ixion Holdings, a subsidiary of Shaw Trust delivering education and learning nationwide.

  • Chris Preston

    Deputy Director for Resources and Waste

    Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    Chris Peston joined the Civil Service after finishing his studies at Cardiff University. In 2003 he also gained an MA in Public Services Management from York University. The early part of career was spent in the Benefits Agency. Since then he has held a variety of posts which have included Housing Benefit inspection work in DWP, corporate services and various policy and delivery roles in marine and fisheries, animal health, water and climate change adaptation in Defra. In January 2016 he took up post as Defra’s Deputy Director for Resources and Waste.

  • Nick Cliffe

    Deputy Director, Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Challenge

    Innovate UK

    Nick is Deputy Director for the Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Challenge at Innovate UK; this multi-year programme is part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. The SSPP programme will support research and innovation to deliver a circular economy for plastics in the UK. Nick’s background in resource efficiency and circular economy was gained across 15 years in industry, he worked for Closed Loop Recycling, a large plastic bottle recycling business based in Dagenham, East London, where he managed various projects, including a project to create the first commercial plastic bottle made from recovered marine plastic waste. Nick also worked for a spin-off consultancy business, Closed Loop Environmental Solutions, managing projects such as launching a range of on-site food composting machines in the UK and a large waste auditing program for Heathrow Airport and various airlines to develop recycling options for both terminal and cabin waste. Prior to Closed Loop he worked at: Green-Works, a Queen’s Award-winning social enterprise that recycled large volumes of office furniture across multiple UK sites; the Forest Stewardship Council, a world-wide timber and forest product certification scheme; Storebrand Investments, a leading socially responsible investment fund manager. Nick has a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from Imperial College and a master’s degree in Oceanography from Southampton University.

  • Paula Chin

    Sustainable Materials Specialist


    Paula is WWF-UK’s Sustainable Materials Specialist.  As well as working on the Eliminating Waste workstream of the Tesco partnership, she provides internal and external technical expertise on materials issues including plastics, with her policy and advocacy work focusing more broadly on resources and waste.  Her background is in packaging and product development, working at several touchpoints of the packaging supply chain and within FMCG and retail for over 20 years at businesses including Proctor & Gamble, Sainsbury’s, Marks & Spencer and Pret.  Her food retail experience over the past 10 years has given her the opportunity to get involved in sustainability-focused industry initiatives such as WRAP’s Glassrite project and coffee cup recycling.



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