The Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has announced today (April 16) that it has appointed Peter Stone as its new chairman. He will take over from WRAPs founding chairman Vic Cocker.
Stone, 61, is currently on the board of DTZ Holdings, a financial company and Opus Trust, a marketing company. He is also a Governor of the Kings School Canterbury.
He has had an extensive business career. After reading law at Cambridge and qualifying as a lawyer he was one of three founding directors of Close Brothers, the UK investment bank. During his 23 years with the bank, the trio took the business through one of Englands earliest management buyouts in 1979, Close Brothers flotation on the London Stock Exchange in 1984, its subsequent growth into wide ranging financial services group, and its present position as a large FTSE 250 company.
Since leaving Close Brothers in 1998 Peter has served as non executive director on a number of boards, including Intermediate Capital Group, Smith & Williamson, and Careforce Group.
Stone said: Vic Cocker has made a huge contribution to the formation and development of WRAP. He will be a hard act to follow, but I am looking forward to the challenge of joining the organisation at an important stage in its development when it is just about to launch its next Business Plan. WRAP has made a major impact on the way we think about waste, recycling and how our use of resources impacts the plant. Those issues, including the threat of climate change, are now at the front of everyones mind and WRAP is well-positioned to shape that debate.
Vic Cocker added: The Board have selected Peter for his track record, his inclusive style, his vision and his obvious commitment to WRAPs mission. His experience of helping organisations grow, and guiding them through periods of change and development, is a very important attribute. He has broad experience as a Board member and as chairman we are sure that he will successfully lead the Board in its work of steering WRAP through the next stage of its business plan and the further development of its strategic role in partnership with our sponsors and stakeholders.
Chief executive Liz Goodwin said: I am very pleased that Peter will be joining WRAP as our new chairman and I am looking forward to working with him. This is a very exciting time and Peters skills and experience will be invaluable as we develop our strategy for the future.
Image: New WRAP chairman Peter Stone