Business

Jane Stephenson appointed Chair of Resource Futures

Resource Futures has announced the appointment of founder and former CEO Jane Stephenson as Chair of the resource efficiency organisation, while David Lerpiniere will join the Executive Team as Head of Waste, Resources and Development.

Jane Stephenson appointed Chair of Resource Futures
Jane Stephenson
Stephenson currently works as Business Development Director after handing over the CEO position to Sam Reeve in 2016. She will become Chair in April 2019, replacing Phillip Ward who is standing down after seven years in the role.

Stephenson has over 30 years of experience at a senior level in resource management and was rewarded with an MBE for services to community recycling 2001. As Chair, Stephenson will be responsible for guiding Resource Futures’ future growth and development.

Meanwhile, Lerpiniere, who joined Bristol-based Resource Futures in 2017, will join Emma Burlow, Head of Circular Economy, Bethan Jones, Head of Engagement and Sam Reeve, CEO, on the Executive Team and will spearhead the organisation’s work with local authorities and development globally.

Jane Stephenson appointed Chair of Resource Futures
David Lerpiniere
Lerpiniere brings more than 20 years’ experience to the role, having worked across the world delivering complex waste and resource management projects as an advisor and researcher with numerous clients including the World Bank and the International Solid Waste Association.

Commenting on the appointments, Sam Reeve said: “We are continually looking to evolve as a business and the support we receive from our non-executive directors is a crucial part of that. We thank Phillip for his fantastic contribution to cementing Resource Futures’ place as a leading supplier of quality research across the resources and waste sector. We are delighted that Jane will step into the role of Chair helping us develop the business in the future while allowing us to continue to benefit from her wisdom and thirty years of experience.”

Stephenson said on her new role: “Having been at the heart of the Resource Futures business since its inception it feels fitting to be able to continue my contribution as Chair of the board. We have been involved in so many influential projects over the years; this role allows me to step back operationally and build on the strategic achievements. As a B Corp business, we believe that business can be a positive force for good socially and environmentally and I look forward to working with our hugely passionate and capable executive team.”

Reflecting on his time at Resource Futures, outgoing Chair Phillip Ward added: “It has been a pleasure to see the business grow and thrive over the past seven years and incredible to see the variety and breadth of work that the team is undertaking. The combination of evidence, insight and engagement that is offered is a real benefit to clients. I’m confident with the continued guidance of Jane the company will continue to grow and provide unique support to organisations tackling the resources and waste challenges of our time.”