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Adam Read

Director of External Affairs


Dr Adam Read has been External Affairs Director at SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK for almost 4 years after a successful career in academia, local government and consultancy, dating back some 25 years. For the last 2 years he has been leading SUEZ’s work with the UK Government on the development of the new English Resources & Waste Strategy and associated consultations on extended producer responsibility, deposit return systems and consistent collections, acting as lead author on all of the SUEZ evidence submissions. He has also worked with numerous local authorities on modelling, mapping and assessing policy reforms and likely impacts on materials flows, composition and service provision. Adam has also been working closely with a number of leading brands to help their re-design their packaging in light of impending policy reforms (in particular the tax on plastic packaging and proposed eco-modulation fees on all packaging materials) to make it more recyclable and easier to capture and harvest.

Adam is a Fellow of CIWM, the RSA, IOM3 and the Royal Geographical Society and is a Trustee of CIWM – the UK’s leading professional body for waste and resource managers. Adam is also a regular contributor and long-term member of ISWA. He is a regular speaker, author, blogger and social media enthusiast. Adam is currently the CIWM’s 105th President and his theme for the year is ‘Skills needed to deliver a Circular Economy’ which has him working with a range of sectors from chemical manufacturers to transportation and agriculture as we look to build the green recovery on a sound resource base of appropriately skilled practitioners.