Nick Cliffe, Innovate UK
Nick Cliffe
Deputy Challenge Director
Innovate UK

Nick is Deputy Director for the Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Challenge at Innovate UK; this is multi-year programme is part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. The SSPP programme will support research and innovation to deliver a circular economy for plastic packaging in the UK.

Nick’s background in resource efficiency and circular economy was gained across 15 years in industry, he worked for Closed Loop Recycling, a large plastic bottle recycling business based in Dagenham, East London, where he managed various projects, including a project to create the first commercial plastic bottle made from recovered marine plastic waste. Nick also worked for spin-off consultancy business, Closed Loop Environmental Solutions, managing projects such as launching a range of on-site food composting machines in the UK and a large waste auditing program for Heathrow Airport and various airlines to develop recycling options for both terminal and cabin waste.

Prior to Closed Loop he worked at:

• Green-Works, a Queen’s Award-winning social enterprise that recycled large volumes of office furniture across multiple UK sites.
• Forest Stewardship Council UK, a world-wide timber and forest product certification scheme.
• Storebrand Investments, a leading socially responsible investment fund manager.

Nick has a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from Imperial College and a master’s degree in Oceanography from Southampton University.