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Founding chairman of WRAP set to retire

The founding chairman of the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) announced today he is to retire after seven years in the post. Vic Cocker, 66, said his decision to retire was part of a move to bring in fresh blood to the WRAP Board, and a wider reduction in his public commitments. He said he had been considering retiring as WRAP chairman for some time, but had delayed his decision to oversee the settling in of new WRAP chief executive Liz Goodwin who took up the post in April. Announcing his decision, Cocker said: WRAP is in very good shape. We have been outstandingly successful in addressing our remit to promote sustainable recycling and resource efficiency. Since we began, the recycling industrys turnover has doubled, it is now capable of processing an extra 5.8 million tonnes per year and recycling rates have escalated dramatically. This is an achievement for the whole sector from which we have received an enormous amount of support. However, every Board needs refreshing from time to time. We have just appointed three highly talented new non-executives, and I believe that after seven years at the helm it is now time for me to stand down. Liz Goodwin has rapidly proved that she is going to be an outstanding chief executive of WRAP so I will be leaving sure that WRAPs reputation for excellence will grow even further under her stewardship. Vic Cocker will remain in the post for six months to oversee the appointment of a new chairman and ensure a smooth transition. Image: Vic Cocker

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