Webinar: Closing the Loop – A cross-sector approach to achieving a Circular Economy

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Following the Paris Climate Agreement of 2015, nations across the world, including the UK, have committed to ambitious net-zero targets in order to reduce global temperature increases. Simultaneously, there has been a drive to increase biodiversity, while preventing pollutants and waste from entering our natural environment. As the need for a significant change to our economic system becomes increasingly central to achieving these targets, the idea of a Circular Economy is gaining traction.

Based on the principle of eliminating waste and pollution by maintaining products, materials and resources, while also taking steps to regenerate natural systems and energy sources, WIG is delighted to invite you to hear how such a system could be achieved, with speakers including Tim Brooks, Vice President of Environmental Responsibility, LEGO Group; Paula Chin, Sustainable Materials Specialist, WWF-UK; Michael Topham, CEO, Biffa; and Dawn Woodward, Deputy Head, Resources & Waste Division, Defra.

By tuning in live you will:

  • Have the opportunity to hear from senior leaders across the sectors about the opportunities of a Circular Economy, both in terms of environmental protection and economic development
  • Understand the practicalities and significant challenges behind achieving a non-linear economy that elminates waste and pollution, and what this would mean for business as we know it
  • Hear how cross-sector collaboration will be key to unlocking the potential of circular economic model, and how industry, government and civil society can work together to achieve transformational change
  • Tim Brooks

    Vice President of Environmental Responsibility

    LEGO Group

    Tim Brooks is Vice President of Environmental Responsibility and the Sustainable Materials Center at the LEGO Group. Based in Billund, Denmark, he heads a global team responsible for the company’s global environmental responsibility strategy, performance and impact of the LEGO Group’s products. Prior to joining the LEGO Group, Tim worked for Tesco developing new environmental technologies, processes and systems. He has more than 20 years of experience in sustainability with a focus on corporate sustainability strategy with particular knowledge of renewable energy technologies, sustainable buildings and product manufacturing. Tim started his career in sustainable mechanical & electrical engineering with the Building Research Establishment and has worked for engineering consultancies, FTSE 100 companies, the Carbon Trust, and as an environmental policy advisor to the Mayor of London. He is a trustee of a number of environmental charities and was voted by Fast Company as 15th of the 100 most creative people of 2019.

  • 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.

  • Michael Topham

    Chief Executive Officer


    Michael was appointed Chief Executive Officer on 29 September 2018, having previously held the role of Chief Financial Officer from 2013. He was appointed to the Board of Biffa plc on 18 August 2016. Michael trained as a Chartered Accountant with PwC in London, and held positions in both the audit and transaction services practices. Prior to joining Biffa, he was finance director at Greenstar UK Holdings Limited from 2005 to 2010.

  • Dawn Woodward

    Deputy Head, Resources and Waste Division


    Dawn joined Defra in 2002 after a career in the private sector including in the financial and hospitability sectors. She has held a variety of roles in Defra including working on department change programmes, bovine TB, Better Regulation and Regulatory Delivery and EU Strategy and Negotiations, leading on Defra’s interests in the Withdrawal Agreement. Dawn started her current role as Head of Waste Regulation and Strategy (also a deputy head of the Resources and Waste Division), in June 2018. She leads the teams delivering on the Resources, Waste and Plastics Strategy; Residual Waste; Food Waste; Local Environmental Quality; Resource Efficiency; Waste Regulation and Crime; and International Engagement.


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