Chartered Institution of Wastes Management , President
Dr Adam Read has been External Affairs Director at SUEZ Recycling & Recovery UK for over 4 years after a successful career in academia, local government and consultancy. Prior to joining SUEZ UK he was Ricardo’s global waste management lead, responsible for a team of 50 plus consultants, specialising in waste strategy, service procurement and recycling system design. He spent 15 years in major consultancies, supporting city and regional waste strategy deliver, site development and stakeholder consultation. Before his time in consultancy, he co-founded a research group at Kingston University specialising in recycling behaviours and nudge theory, delivering a mix of consultancy and research for a number of London Boroughs whilst completing his PhD on national waste policy implementation failures.
For the last 3years he has been jointly 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, and acting as lead author on all of the SUEZ evidence submissions. He has co-hosted 50 plus workshops with the value chain to assess the changes needed to meet higher recycling targets and deliver sector decarbonisation, including the options proposed and the means of transitioning, must of which has been focused on packaging wastes and associated sectors.
Adam sits on numerous industry technical working groups through the ESA, Aldersgate Group, EIC and Society for the Environment, is a regular speaker and facilitator, a technical report and article author, and a frequent blogger and social media enthusiast, and during lockdown has become a familiar webinar host and chair.
Adam is a Fellow of the CIWM, the RSA, IOM3 and the Royal Geographical Society and is the CIWM ‘s 105th President, taking up the reigns in June 2021, with his theme of interest being the skills needed as we transition to a circular economy. In his spare time he is a school governor, sports enthusiast and Wombles aficionado.