Our role in developing the circular economy

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resource futures role in developing the circular economy

Sustainable consumption

We develop and deliver innovative community engagement and education services to change consumer behaviour.

Our role in developing the circular economy

  • Sustainable consumption

    Sustainable consumption

    We develop and deliver innovative community engagement and education services to change consumer behaviour.

  • Post-consumption


    We provide services to increase the uptake of re-use and recycling.

  • Re-processing


    We analyse the recycled materials market using primary data and industry intelligence, focusing on materials availability and quality for re-entry to the supply chain.

  • Sustainable production

    Sustainable production

    We advise on the use of recycled materials, including material sources and values, and assess the life cycle of products.

About us

Our mission is at the heart of everything we do: to help others to use resources efficiently and effectively, minimising the impact of consumption on the environment now and for the future. Since 1985 we have been working with public, private and third sector organisations to instigate positive change, and we are committed to using our skills, expertise and experience in the drive to develop a circular economy.
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Our people

These are our people, who work to realise our vision: a circular economy in which resources are used and re-used efficiently and effectively, minimising the impact of consumption and production on the environment.

Jane Stephenson

Chief Executive Officer

She has been responsible for developing and leading on a range of initiatives including waste reduction strategies and plans; local authority-wide community engagement campaigns and partnership work with third sector organisations. It is no accident that Bristol, the home of Resource Futures, has the highest recycling rate of England’s Core Cities. Jane is one of a small group within the industry calling - and has consistently argued throughout her career - for an increased focus on waste prevention and re-use and the collection of high quality recycled materials: essential ingredients in the progression towards a circular economy. Her work includes the direction of:

  • Community Action Groups (CAG) Project in Oxfordshire (current)
  • Development of a tool to measure the impact of community action on waste and carbon (current)
  • Education work in Devon, Brighton and Hove and Bath and NE Somerset
  • A waste reduction strategy for Oxfordshire Waste Partnership, including a review of existing action plans and public engagement projects (2009)
  • Research into methods of reducing food waste in schools (WRAP 2010)

Jane has also contributed to the following toolkits and best practice guidance:

  • Communications guidance for local authorities on schools recycling collections (WRAP 2009)
  • Review of best practice for PFI and waste partnerships on communications issues for (WRAP 2009)
  • Best practice guidance on working in Low Participation Areas (WRAP 2007/08)
  • Enabling Community Waste Initiatives Project (guidance on setting up local community waste networks (Defra 2004)
  • Community Waste Action Toolkit (for setting up local action groups working on waste (Defra 2001)
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Sam Reeve

Operations Director

Resource Futures’ Operations Director Sam has over 10 years’ experience in the waste management sector. He is responsible for the consultancy work of the Company, overseeing a variety of service offerings that are vital in understanding and successfully implementing circular-economic business models and practices. These include:

  • understanding material flows
  • assessing and improving collection systems
  • material compositional data modelling
  • primary data research
  • behaviour change communications, and
  • strategic review of policy and plans
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Eric Bridgwater

Principal Consultant

Significant research work has included:

  • Updating national estimates for municipal waste composition, including secondary category level profiles, assessments of the impacts of various factors (including socio-demographics and collection methodologies) on household waste composition
  • Benchmarking kerbside dry recycling performance nationally, with the development of a regression model of high explanatory power to describe how various factors (socio-demographics, collection methodologies and area types) affect kerbside dry recycling performance
  • Assessment of the WRAP separate food waste collection trials, including identifying factors significant in affecting food waste yields and drawing out best practice lessons to guide local authorities

He has also:

  • Carried out complex mass flow modelling to support Eunomia’s comparative overview for the Welsh Assembly Government of the performance of kerbside dry collection methodologies for the published Kerbside Collections Options: Wales report
  • Developed a standardised approach to assessing the carbon benefits of recycling for various collection scenarios on behalf of Bath and North East Somerset Council
  • Assessed how different collection system methodologies would contribute to the over-arching waste minimisation strategy developed by the Oxfordshire Waste Partnership
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Bernie Thomas

Principal Consultant

He joined Resource Futures from ERM, where he was project manager for the Environment Agency’s WRATE software and WRAP’s Portfolio foot-printing tool for the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan. He led the technical development of local authority Waste Prevention and Carbon Tool and contributed to Defra’s Marginal Abatement Costs Curve tool for waste prevention activities, compiling information on likely present levels of re-use and the theoretical potential of waste prevention for different types of waste streams.

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Agnes Chruszcz

Senior Consultant

She has over five years’ experience in delivering and designing primary data gathering, behaviour change projects and campaign evaluation. She has also managed multiple canvassing and public engagement projects; often supporting service change. She has a sound knowledge of project design, as well as research and evaluation methodologies. Her interests include food waste, operations and behaviour change, as well as monitoring and evaluation methodologies. Her particular areas of expertise include waste compositional analysis, attitudinal surveys, participation monitoring and data management and analysis. She has also delivered canvassing, roadshows and community engagement projects. She has managed projects for a range of local authorities, WRAP and waste management companies in:

  • Quantitative and qualitative research design
  • Primary data gathering: waste analysis, participation monitoring, attitudinal surveys, tonnage monitoring
  • Data management and analysis
  • Behaviour change: canvassing, roadshows, community engagement
  • Service change support
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Emma Clarke

Senior Consultant

She specialised in radioactive waste management for five years at Defra and as a consultant before turning to household waste, recycling and re-use. For nearly 10 years, Emma has provided high quality research and consultancy outputs to a range of clients. She is a convivial, experienced and capable consultant able to deliver high quality reports within budget and on time. Emma is a capable contracts manager responsible for projects such as HWRC, bring site and bulky waste reviews and options appraisals, re-use plans and good practice guidance. Emma’s projects often include both operational and communications elements requiring partnership working with other members of the Resource Futures team. Emma undertakes qualitative and quantitative research to develop baselines upon which she can construct recommendations, strategies and action plans.

  • Reviewing HWRC and bring site networks and Bulky Waste Collections
  • Engaging with the third sector and developing re-use plans
  • Options appraisals
  • Primary data-gathering
  • HWRC and bulky waste good practice
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Billy Harris

Senior Consultant

Billy also has extensive experience in the area of waste compositional analysis, including county-level surveys collecting multiple waste streams across multiple waste collection authorities. He completed a two-year DEFRA project to assess the composition and bio-degradability of municipal solid waste arriving at landfill sites in the UK, which will form the basis of the UK’s revised approach to reporting against Landfill Directive targets. He also delivered waste analysis focusing on the hospitality sector across Cumbria.

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Helen White

Senior Consultant

Helen is an experienced contract manager, who is regularly commissioned to conduct communications reviews, audits and planning processes, recommending a mix of methods and materials to deliver on project outcomes in conjunction with operational activities. She has written good practice guidance, delivered focus groups, workshops and training, and has co-ordinated roadshow events for the public and seminar sessions for the industry. Helen has attended Consultation Institute training courses in Effective Focus Groups and Consultation with Children and Young People as part of her continuous professional development. An enthusiastic and engaging individual, she is a competent contract and events manager, experienced in developing and delivering communications projects to deadline and to budget.

  • Reviewing/auditing communications
  • Communications planning
  • Communications support
  • Public/community engagement
  • Qualitative research methods - in-depth interviews, focus groups
  • Facilitation and training
  • Good practice guidance (communications)
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Sheila Gundry

Education Manager

Sheila has a strong track record in strategic planning, managing and delivering good quality projects, and disseminating best practice through networks, events and educational resources.

  • Management of education contracts to time, cost and quality
  • Delivery of training and workshops
  • Managing resource development, including physical education resources and e-resources
  • Supporting and inspiring young people to take action on the issues that affect them
  • Education for sustainable development
  • Co-ordinating events and other educational activities

Prior to Resource Futures, Sheila was the Education Manager for five years for Envolve Partnerships for Sustainability where she developed and implemented the education strategy and managed both staff and volunteers. She delivered a range of environmental events, conferences, teacher training sessions and developed a teachers’ pack which was sold nationally. Sheila worked for seven years at Malham Tarn Field Centre, delivering environmental education activities to children of all ages and abilities. Qualifications

  • BSc Geography, Sheffield University
  • MSc Rural and Regional Resource Planning, Aberdeen University
  • PGCE Geography and Outdoor Activities (secondary), Leeds University
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Sarah Connors

Devon Education Team Leader

With four years working as a primary school teacher and three as a waste education officer, Sarah brings experience of the challenges faced by school teachers, as well as a wealth of planning and curriculum knowledge. She draws upon her teaching and education experience when building relationships with schools of all sizes, understanding the variables and commitments that schools face. An articulate and positive person, she is happy working on a variety of platforms, both as an individual and with her team. She has developed workshops and resources, and delivers workshops and audits in schools throughout Devon. Sarah is also a competent facilitator and presenter.

  • Delivery in schools
  • Development of education resources and workshops
  • Education for sustainable development
  • Encouraging young people to make choices that will have a positive impact on their future
  • Facilitating events
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Simon Kenton

Project Manager

Simon Kenton manages the Community Action Group (CAG) Project in Oxfordshire, a network of over 50 voluntary groups at the forefront of community-led climate change action, organising events and projects to take action on issues including waste, transport, food, energy and biodiversity. The CAG team offers hands-on, day-to-day help and advice for groups, and supports the Network to grow. Simon is also a Senior Consultant specialising in community work and behaviour change at a national level for the Company.

  • Community capacity building
  • Training, facilitation and mediation
  • Local government community strategies
  • Behaviour change
  • Development of monitoring and evaluation
  • Funding
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Martin Pearse

Project Manager

Martin has previously helped to develop and manage long-term projects including schools education, real nappies, community composting, Community Action Groups and recycling in flats. His areas of expertise include project management, community engagement and establishing community groups ‘from scratch’, as well as advising on development issues. Prior to Resource Futures, Martin worked as a qualified teacher and a community development officer for two local authorities – the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and West Wiltshire - and spent 16 years with the YMCA, developing community projects, including two in sustainable waste management.

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Peter Wills


Peter specialises in primary data gathering studies and behavioural change projects. His particular areas of interest are waste and recycling composition analysis; public engagement in recycling services, behavioural change and developments in reuse opportunities. He is involved in the delivery of projects designed to deliver representative data on the composition of a range of waste streams. He has also worked on combining national datasets of local authority reported waste arisings. 

He has a broad operational experience and understands the logistical needs of the fieldwork based work that Resource Futures conducts. He often manages waste composition analysis contracts and has managed large teams conducting participation monitoring and canvassing fieldwork. Peter has worked for Resource Futures for six years. In that time he has developed a strong background in the operational and logistical aspects of data gathering and analysis.  With a pragmatic approach and eye for detail, Peter tackles the complexities of waste composition studies head on whilst taking into account the intricacies of each local authority and thier requirements.  He has managed a number of waste analysis contracts, helping clients to gain valuable insight into their waste arisings by providing primary data as well as recommendations on ways in which to increase recycling rates and reduce contamination.

Peter has worked on several projects for DEFRA, combining local authority reported waste arising figures from composition analysis and WasteDataFlow and was responsible for rationalising large data sets. Working with WRAP, Peter was involved in a large project to investigate the viability of collecting materials from businesse working with six different organisations to gather regular quantitative and qualitative data. In 2012, Peter worked with London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) to work on the legacy reporting on sustainable practices for events waste management.

Peter is experienced in:

  • canvassing, monitoring and engagement
  • training and coordinating large teams to deliver good practice guidance and advice to residents
  • developing new, innovative electronic data collection systems
  • fieldwork based work
  • waste composition analysis contracts  
  • managing large teams conducting participation monitoring and canvassing fieldwork
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Sally Jackson

Waste Education Officer

Sally is experienced in primary and secondary teaching and has worked with community groups and families. Prior to working for Resource Futures she delivered the waste education project in Devon for Global Action Plan, accumulating 10 years of local school knowledge and contacts. She is capable and confident in the classroom and has experience of facilitating large events and teacher training.

  • Delivery in schools – assemblies and workshops
  • Developing educational workshops and materials
  • Facilitating events and training days
  • Support and advice to schools making operational changes to waste contracts
  • Inspiring people to make sustainable changes in their lives

Sally became interested in environmental issues whilst living and working in the Australian rainforest. She lives a low-impact lifestyle and being a keen gardener, grows her own food. She has run gardening groups in schools and created and facilitated a woodland environmental arts/play project with schools and families. She is a ‘people person’ and loves festivals – developing and running creative workshops at events for over 12years. She is happy in a wide range of situations and her confidence and infectious enthusiasm are obvious in her work - and play!

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Helen Peake

Education Officer

Helen has facilitated the introduction of new systems to large number of schools, including paper recycling, in-vessel composting, kerbside food waste collections and AMR energy monitoring. She has excellent written and verbal communication skills, and is equally at home leading 400 primary pupils singing an ‘eco’ rap, meeting the Eco Committee of a sixth form college, discussing recycling logistics with caretakers and kitchen staff, developing online teaching resources and addressing a conference of teachers and headteachers.

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Alex Mack

Waste Education Officer

With over six years’ experience working on the Devon Waste Education Programme and two years of previous experience in environmental education roles, including outdoor and marine education, Alex possesses a wealth of knowledge of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). Working with children of all ages and adults, Alex is competent at presenting and running workshops. She is good at inspiring others to think about changing their behaviour and is an enthusiastic and positive teacher - believing that everyone can make small changes in their lives to improve our environment. Alex has the ability to form good relationships, working in partnership with Devon local authority officers and has also run the waste education programme in the unitary councils of Torbay and Plymouth. She is skilled at creating curriculum-linked workshops and resources and has organised, managed and delivered events and teacher training - with excellent feedback.

  • Presenting and running workshops and assemblies in schools
  • Creating curriculum-linked workshops and resources
  • Organising, managing and facilitating events
  • Working in partnership with local authority officers and other companies
  • Inspiring others to make changes to their behaviour to reduce their impact on the environment
  • Education for Sustainable Development
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Demelza Annison

Sustainable Schools Officer

With several years’ experience of education across all age groups, including post-16, and having worked in a variety of settings, including primary schools and outdoor education, Demelza brings a wealth of experience to the team. She draws upon her knowledge of the curriculum and challenges faced by schools to design and deliver coherent and engaging programmes of education on waste, composting and energy issues. Demelza has led and worked on large-scale education projects including ‘Composting in Schools’, which delivered practical training, specialised composting equipment, workshops, assemblies and networking events to many schools. More recently she has developed the ‘Compost Curriculum’ – a handbook resource for schools to incorporate composting into their teaching and curriculum planning. Demelza is an enthusiastic and competent practitioner; equally at home, working as in individual, or as part of a team.

  • Delivery in schools
  • Development of educational workshops and materials
  • Education for sustainable development
  • Facilitating events
  • Encouraging young people to make choices that will have a positive impact on their futures
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Coralline Guillon


Coralline has worked within the waste management industry for the last five years, gaining a wide range of experience of desk-based studies, fieldwork and data analysis. She has industry knowledge, combined with technical and problem-solving skills. Her initiative and adaptability allow her to deliver bespoke work to satisfy the needs of the client. Coralline speaks French and Spanish, is a Chartered Waste Manager through the Chartered Institute of Wastes Management (CIWM) and is an associate member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) She is involved in a number of data collection, data analysis and behavioural change projects and environmental management. She has a strong operational background, ample fieldwork experience and has managed a number of canvassing and waste analysis projects. Coralline has also carried out research for Defra on the market potential and demand for textile re-use and for WRAP examining the collection options for non-clothing textiles. Coralline also has experience of contract delivery and monitoring and of the challenges faced by both local authorities and waste management companies in planning and implementing new waste strategies.

  • Desk-based and field research
  • Canvassing, participation monitoring and surveying
  • Waste composition analysis and waste audits
  • Community engagement and service change support
  • ISO 14001 and environmental management
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Peter Lefort

Project Officer

Peter’s background is rooted in environmental and social justice campaigning, engaging organisations and individuals to become empowered to act on local and global issues. With extensive experience working with businesses, communities, local authorities and educational institutions, he is skilled at identifying, developing and maintaining relationships with mutual benefit. He is an experienced film-maker and keeps up-to-date with the latest communications software, from design packages to presentation tools. Driven by curiosity and a commitment to positive change, he is highly skilled at bringing people together to take effective action. He is highly experienced in all stages of getting projects off the ground and into reality. From conceptual ideas and stakeholder analyses, to risk management, administration and project delivery, he is adept at keeping sight of the bigger picture at all times. He writes articles, reports, lectures, workshops and policies for a range of audiences, and manages logistics for hundreds of public events every year.

  • Event planning and management
  • Communications strategy and delivery
  • Bespoke training and facilitation
  • Public and community engagement
  • Diverse outreach and relationship management
  • Structural support for groups and organisations
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Stuart Woodham


Stuart has over 16 years’ experience gained in a wide range of environmental projects and across an extensive range of economic sectors, working with and for large and small private organisations, NGOs and government. For example, he has worked extensively with hotels to help them reduce their water energy and waste footprints and with regulators to help produce guidance for operators to comply with new environmental legislation as well as auditing company operations and plans against environmental best practice. His research projects, auditing and practical guidance development have covered the themes of:

  • Resource efficiency
  • Environmental auditing
  • Public environmental policy
  • Environmental legal compliance and liability
  • Carbon foot printing (with a particular emphasis on embodied carbon)
  • Cost-benefit/cost-effectiveness analysis
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Stuart Clouth


He has managed several projects at Resource Futures, most notably an economic and environmental feasibility study into implementing a business model based upon circular economic principles - product re-use and closed-loop recycling - for a UK-based plastics manufacturer. He has a Masters in Sustainability Leadership from The University of Cambridge studying the circular economy for his thesis, focusing on the factors driving UK development of the circular economy for renewable and non-renewable resources. Consultant Stuart has specific expertise in data and policy analysis, modelling and scenario development, Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and web development. He is a competent project manager and has produced many reports and guidance documents, and delivered training, workshops and focus groups for a variety of clients.

  • Data analysis including statistical analysis, mass flow analysis, life cycle assessment
  • Qualitative analysis including interviewing, focus groups, workshops
  • Policy analysis and development
  • Modelling including business model development, scenario development
  • Circular economy
  • Web development (HTML, CSS, PHP, JavaScript, SQL)
  • Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • Software: full MS Office including Access, Adobe Creative Suite, ArcGIS, QGIS, R, SPSS, VBA
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Will French


Will has developed strong skills in data collection, analysis and interpretation. His particular areas of interest include the modelling of kerbside collection services and undertaking full options appraisals to identify cost savings and improve overall recycling performance. He is an experienced project manager having overseen numerous primary data gathering and analysis projects. A strong believer in providing bespoke support, he works closely with a range of stakeholders to understand the needs of the client and their organisation to provide meaningful recommendations.

  • Collections modelling and appraisal
  • Economic appraisal
  • Data analysis
  • Primary data gathering
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Behaviour change
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Sally Scholefield


With 13 years’ experience, Sally demonstrates high levels of creativity, has excellent design skills and is a competent copy writer. An enthusiastic and experienced project manager, who develops and delivers communications projects to deadline and to budget. She has worked on communications campaigns for WRAP (including Love Food Hate Waste and Recycle Now), for local authorities, waste management companies, community organisations and schools. Her areas of specialism are:

  • Communications reviews
  • Project management of communications campaigns
  • Design and production of communications materials
  • Teaching and Learning Resources including leaflets, posters and other printed materials.
  • Public/community engagement projects
  • Design and Facilitation of focus groups
  • Real Nappy campaigns
  • Love Food Hate Waste campaigns
  • Roadshow materials and games, including Perfect Portions and Know Your Onions. For details of these, email Sally: sally.scholefield@resourcefutures.co.uk
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Alice Maxwell-Lyte

Junior Consultant

Alice has over 3 years experience working in the waste and resources management sector in a variety of roles. These combine local authorities, the third sector and the Waste Strategy Branch of Welsh Government. She has gained a broad range of knowledge in all areas of waste from operational through to policy development levels. She worked within three Welsh local authorities, giving her insight into Wales’ most successful recycling schemes. Alice has shown dedication to improving environmental quality with 8 years of voluntary work for ethical and green charities. Alice works in close liaison with clients to ensure that stakeholders are given a high standard of service. Her experience in the practicalities of gathering data in the field on HWRCs, doorstepping campaigns and environmental quality surveys mean that she can manage teams empathetically.  Her enthusiasm and personable character help to maintain their motivation.

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James Leigh

Sustainable Schools Officer

With background knowledge in environmental economics and law, coupled with time spent in schools as a primary classroom teacher, he brings to life the issues we face in the modern world in an entertaining and informative way in order to engage all age groups. He also has experience of living in other countries: two years in a remote jungle community utilising renewable energies, and regularly incorporates comparisons into his teaching. James is an experienced educator in both the theoretical and practical world. He has worked as part of a team on many projects and co-ordinated events specifically targeted at focus groups.

  • Educator
  • Practical application of projects
  • Communications planning
  • Community engagement
  • Facilitator and training
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Sarah Burns

Junior Consultant

Sarah has experience of working with communities in the UK, through working with the CAG Project, and overseas, through various voluntary roles. Over ten years of sustained personal voluntary experience informs her work with the community sector, allowing her to respond to group needs and give constructive guidance and support. She has written a variety of reports, project summaries and user guides; delivered workshops and feedback sessions with community groups; researched existing data on the impact of behaviour change measures and monitoring and evaluation processes; and designed a user-friendly and efficient data collection process.

  • Community engagement
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Behaviour change
  • Data collection
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David Bowes

Junior Consultant

After graduating from the University of Bristol with a First Class Honours degree in Geography, David joined Resource Futures to help strengthen the Company’s data library. Since then, he has applied his expertise in statistics, mathematical modelling and qualitative research to numerous projects. He also has experience of conducting on-the-ground reviews of waste and recycling collection systems. His enthusiasm and attention to detail ensure that his work is delivered to the highest standard. Much of David’s work sees him using waste and materials data to develop a robust evidence base for informing recommendations and decisions. This can include monitoring trends in local authority recycling performance, as well as investigating the effects of socio-economic and geographical factors on waste arisings. He is skilled in presenting results using a variety of methods, for example by using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to display spatial data. This enables the most effective engagement with a range of audiences.

  • Data analysis and presentation
  • Material flows modelling
  • Socio-economics
  • Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • Statistics
  • Survey design and implementation
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Our projects

An effective communications plan for Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council (DMBC)

The client: WRAP

The aim of this WRAP-funded strategic communications planning project was to support DMBC to develop an integrated communications plan with the aim of improving local recycling rates and meeting the 50% national recycling target by 2020. 

SATCoL clothing sector market research and analysis

The client: SATCoL

This market research project focused on second-hand clothing was conducted by Resource Futures for charity retailer and clothing collector SATCoL - Salvation Army Trading Company. Data on second hand clothing collections was compiled for the client and mapped using a Geographical Information System...