WRAP chief awarded OBE for resource efficiency

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Liz Goodwin has received an OBE for services to business, resource efficiency and the environment

A leading figure in the waste and recycling sector has received an OBE for services to business, resource efficiency and the environment.
Liz Goodwin, chief executive of charity WRAP, was among those awarded in the Queen's Birthday Honours list on 12 June.

She holds a PhD in chemical physics and undertook a number of technical and production-related roles in chemicals and pharmaceutical companies before joining WRAP in 2001.

Goodwin has been head of the resource efficiency organisation since 2007 and led its transition from a company limited by government guarantee to an independent charity last year.

Under her leadership, WRAP coordinated and launched a number of cross-industry initiatives aimed at improving resource efficiency in the UK, including the ‘halving waste to landfill’ commitment in the construction sector, the Courtauld Commitment in the grocery sector and the Love Your Clothes campaign.

Goodwin said: “I’m honoured to receive this award which I see very much as recognition for all the staff at WRAP, who have worked tirelessly to make the world a better place.

“We have a collective responsibility to review how we value and use our precious resources to meet today’s needs and those of future generations. That’s where mine and WRAP’s efforts will be focussed as we head into the next phase of our work. It means working closely with governments, businesses and individuals, with shared goals and actions identified.”

Other prominent figures awarded OBEs for services related to the environment include Howard Wood, chair of the Community of Arran Seabed Trust, and Michael Thornton, Scotland director at the Energy Saving Trust and chair of the Scottish Power Foundation.

Clare Lukehurst, UK representative for Task 27, a working group on bioenergy part of the International Energy Agency, received the award for services to the anaerobic digestion industry and David Surplus, director at B9 Energy Group, did so for services to renewable energy, particularly in Northern Ireland.