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’ Circular Economy team in Scotland, Kate has a project management role in circular economy business support. Within the Scotland team, Kate works on a range of projects across sectors with a specific focus on plastics, food and communications. Kate was awarded the 2018 Young People Award at Scottish Resource Awards and sits as a Board Trustee with 2050 Climate Group.
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 in resource management and the circular economy has specifically focused on the role of plastics within this system. Her work focuses on the negative impacts of single-use plastics in consumer products and working with businesses and waste management contractors to trial alternative systems and materials. She conducted research on behalf of The Scottish Government to investigate opportunities to stem the plastic tide in Scotland, working with the plastic supply chain to identify economic incentives to minimise leakage of plastics into the marine environment. Kate brought 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
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