Dr Church brings valuable experience to the role, having over 21 years of civil service experience and was formerly director of environmental quality at Defra. He was responsible for the government’s support for waste infrastructure development, and was previously a non-executive director of the influential waste and resources organisation WRAP.
He will be steering the Circular Economy Task Force at an important time for UK resources policy. Leaving the EU could mean the removal of most of the UK’s policy drivers for greater resource productivity, or it could prove a catalyst to develop new policy to cut waste and help the UK’s economy become more circular.
“The Circular Economy Task Force has been a key part of the policy debate for the past few years, so I am privileged to be asked to lead it as it continue its work in what’s shaping up to be a fascinating and crucial time for the circular economy debate in the UK.”
The Circular Economy Task Force is entering its fifth year of work as a forum for policy innovation and ambitious business thinking. This next phase will consider the role of effective resource management in the UK’s new industrial strategy and the government’s forthcoming 25-year plan for the environment. These will both shape the resource policy framework as the UK leaves the EU.
Previous analysis by Green Alliance, on behalf of the business group, has stimulated a current government review of recycling systems across the UK. And it’s most recent report, Recycling reset, published in January, has set out detailed recommendations for how to improve recycling in England.
Dr Church takes over from Sue Armstrong Brown, former policy director at Green Alliance.
Commenting on his appointment, Dr Colin Church said: “The Circular Economy Task Force has been a key part of the policy debate for the past few years, so I am privileged to be asked to lead it as it continue its work in what’s shaping up to be a fascinating and crucial time for the circular economy debate in the UK.”
The Circular Economy Task Force is a business led group convened by Green Alliance. It is a forum for policy innovation and business thinking on resource use in the UK. The current members of the task force are: Aquapak Polymers, Kingfisher, Kyocera Document Solutions, Sinvestec, Viridor, WRAP, and Walgreens Boots Alliance.
The announcement follows the news that Dr Church has also been assembled as part of a team of experts to help Newcastle deal with its “mountain of waste.”