The Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) announced today (March 19 2008) that Ray Georgeson, a founder director, is to leave the organisation after nearly eight years to start his own business, developing a freelance portfolio in the waste and resources sector as well as pursuing new interests.
Georgeson has been WRAPs director of policy and evaluation since 2001 and was a key influence in the creation of WRAP as part of the governments Waste Strategy 2000. He also served on the Department of the Environment Transport and the Regions (DETR) market development group that recommended the creation of WRAP and supported DETR in setting up the organisation. Georgeson went onto support Government in the Cabinet Office review of the English waste strategy in 2003 and has overseen the production of all four of WRAPs business plans since its inception.
Chief executive officer Liz Goodwin praised Georgesons contribution both to development to WRAP and in helping to shape the wider public and Government debate about waste management. Goodwin said: Ray has made an outstanding and in many ways unique contribution to the waste and resource management landscape in the UK. His standing in the sector is immense and many of WRAPs achievements over the past eight years can be directly tracked to him.
We will miss Rays enthusiasm, wide strategic grasp of the issues and imaginative solutions. Although he is moving on he has made it clear he wants to stay in close contact and I welcome that.
Georgeson will leave WRAP at the end of June and following a review of WRAPs senior management structure, his post will not be filled. In future, the policy team under Patrick Mahon will report directly to Liz Goodwin. The evaluation team under Dr Barbara Leach will report to finance director Hugh Etheridge, who will be responsible for the delivery of financial and operational targets.
Image: Ray Georgeson