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Adam Read

Adam Read

Chief Sustainability & External Affairs Officer, Suez Recycling and Recovery UK

Adam is a member of the Suez UK’s Management Team with responsibility for external affairs, internal and external communications and sustainability. He has been with Suez for 6 years after a successful career in academia, local government and environmental consultancy spanning over 30 years, focusing mainly on the expansion of recycling services, behaviours, campaigns and technologies. His  PhD focussed on UK waste policy failures and lessons learned whilst he has had numerous academic and trade publications on a diverse range of issues from waste prevention and the circular economy, to behaviour change, policy implementation, recycling contamination and technology failures. He is a respected academic and industry thought leader known for challenging the status quo. 


For the last 6 years he has led the company's work with UK Government on the development of the new Resources & Waste Strategy and associated consultations around EPR, DRS, Plastic Tax and consistent collections, hosting numerous workshops, webinars and conferences on behalf of CIWM and other industry bodies to discuss the policy proposals and develop consensus and feedback to the relevant Government departments. He has also been working closely with numerous leading brands assessing the impact of policy reforms on their businesses and looking at new and innovative packaging design, harvesting options and new business models, all part of the move towards a more circular materials economy. 


Adam is currently the Chair of the ESA (the sector trade body) Resource Strategy & Policy working group, where the sector's critical thinking about potential policy impacts happen. He is a former CIWM  president and during his tenure he championed the green skills demands of a sector transitioning to a circular economy, leading to him sitting on the UK Governments Green Jobs Delivery Group on behalf of the resources & waste sector. Adam sits on numerous industry technical working groups, including CIWM’s Policy & Innovation Forum, BITC’s circular economy think tank and the Circular Economy Task Force (managed by the Green Alliance) and enjoys nothing more than mentoring the resource managers of the future. He is a CIWM Trustee, member of CIWM's Policy & Innovation Forum and was recently voted the 7th most influential person in the Resource Hot 100 and one of the 10 most important people in the UK Environment Sector. 



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