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Marcus Gover chosen as new WRAP CEO

Marcus Gover
The Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has announced that Marcus Gover will take over as Chief Executive when Liz Goodwin steps down at the end of the month.

Gover, who is currently Operations Director at the charity, which works in partnership with both the public and private sector to improve resource efficiency, will take over the role from 1 July.

Gover joined WRAP in 2007, initially working on the construction and manufacturing programmes, and has also held the title of Director of the Closed Loop Economy. In his time at the organisation, he has held responsibility for leading WRAP’s work aimed at helping the UK move towards more sustainable approach to products and services, as well as supporting councils to make progress on their performance.

Before joining the organisation, Gover worked in the environmental sector for almost 15 years, both in the UK and abroad.

After obtaining a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College and an MBA from Cranfield University, he had lengthy spells working in Asia for clients including the European Commission and the World Bank. He returned to the UK to manage a water engineering company before taking on a role as commercial director for renewable energy company Biojoule.

Harmony

Speaking to Resource for a feature interview in 2012, Gover highlighted the importance of collaborative working to achieve the circular economy, saying: “One of the things I’m very keen on is how we build the partnerships within different parts of the chain between retailers, local authorities, waste management companies and the reprocessors and it doesn’t always appear that there is harmony in all these places, but I do think it is growing.”

Earlier this year, WRAP launched the next generation of its Courtauld Commitment, Courtauld 2025, which challenges signatories from throughout the food and drinks supply chain to reduce their resource intensity by 20 per cent by 2025, saving an estimated £20 billion.

Gover will now be leading the delivery of the commitment, as well as WRAP’s other industry initiatives in the form of the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP) and the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Sustainability Action Plan (esap).

Recently, Gover has overseen the Harmonisation and Consistency Working Group, led by WRAP to investigate Resources Minister Rory Stewart’s vision of a smaller variation in household waste and recycling systems around England.

In February this year, Gover wrote for Resource: ‘This has to change for a number of reasons… we need to do better by our householders. By ‘we’ I mean the manufacturers and retailers who put materials onto the market, as well as the local authorities, waste companies and reprocessors who do the recycling. This is at the heart of our cross-industry project to develop a vision for greater consistency in household waste and recycling collections in England.’

Focusing on creating world where resources are used sustainably

Commenting on his appointment, Gover said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be chosen to lead WRAP, an organisation with a history of success and a bright future. To create a world where resources are used sustainably requires action, and that is where WRAP’s focus will continue to be.

“I look forward to working with a great team, a new and ambitious board, and diverse range of partners and stakeholders across our work. I’m also honoured to be taking up the baton from Liz – a great CEO, whose insights and expertise has taken WRAP to new heights.”

Goodwin announced earlier this year that she would be stepping down after nine years in the role and 15 years at WRAP, saying that it is ‘the right time to pass to baton to someone else’.

Commenting on the choice of Gover as her successor, she said: “I’m delighted that Marcus will be the next CEO of WRAP. We have worked together for many years, and I know he is passionate about the issues WRAP works on as well as caring deeply about WRAP and its staff.

“I am confident he will lead WRAP through the next stage of its development and on to further success. WRAP is a great organisation, and Marcus will be a great CEO.”

Julie Hill, Chair of WRAP, added: “After a full external process, the board has appointed Marcus. He has the combination of skills, experience and total commitment needed to lead WRAP as it expands its reach and influence.”

More information about WRAP is available at the charity’s website.

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