Profile

Kate joined Resource Futures as a consultant in 2018. She has experience working across the public, private and third sectors on projects related to waste reduction, recycling, circular economy, sustainable food, and policy development. As part of Resource Futures’ UK Policy team, Kate has a project management role in a wide range of specialisms, including plastics, food, marine litter, and communications. Kate was awarded the 2018 Young People Award at Scottish Resource Awards and sits as a Board Trustee with 2050 Climate Group.

Expertise

From an academic background in Environmental Communication, Kate has used her communication skills to encourage behaviour change and improve resource management. As part of Zero Waste Scotland’s Circular Economy Business Support, Kate has supported established SMEs and start-ups to focus on reusable products, recycled content, circular models, and plastic alternatives.

Kate’s work has focused on the negative impacts of single-use plastics in consumer products and she has worked with businesses and waste management contractors to trial alternative systems and materials. Kate has conducted policy research for clients including Defra and Marine Scotland, investigating opportunities to stem the plastic tide, and working with the plastic supply chain to identify economic incentives to minimise leakage of plastics into the marine environment. Kate’s work brings together a range of stakeholders across the private, public and third sector, as well as undertaking desk-based research. In addition, Kate has worked on project delivery for the private sector to help prevent and significantly reduce marine litter.

Her expertise includes

  • Waste management and reduction
  • Partnership working
  • Business engagement
  • Circular economy
  • Food waste
  • Specialisms in marine litter, plastics and bioplastics