Wasteaid, a new organisation that connects vulnerable communities to waste management resources and expertise, will receive the first RWM Ambassadors’ fund of £15,000.
The fund is a donation by RWM event organiser, i2i Events, to encourage new initiatives in resource management and to support the sector. Another £15,000 fund will be allocated in 2015.
Wasteaid was selected from a range of suggested initiatives discussed by the 25 Ambassadors at their regular meetings, with the final decision taken by vote. The Ambassadors (see box below) include representatives from across the resource supply chain.
Wasteaid will shortly be invited to present ideas to the Ambassadors on how the money will be spent.
There are currently seven partner Wasteaid organisations in developing countries, delivering waste management projects in countries such as Kenya, India and Ghana.
Mike Webster (pictured, right, with Gerry Sherwood, i2i market development director), chair of Wasteaid International said: “This £15,000 fund from the RWM Ambassadors means we can make a quantum leap as an organisation in the UK. It means we can work closely with our partners in the developing world and start making a significant difference in helping them deal with and generate income from waste. This funding is a key building block for our new organisation and the beginning of something big.”
Sarah Porter, divisional director for the environment events at i2i, which includes RWM in partnership with CIWM, added: “We’re delighted that the RWM Ambassadors have chosen such a worthy cause for the Ambassadors’ fund this year, and one for which £15,000 will make such a significant impact.”
Who are the RWM Ambassadors?
The RWM Ambassadors is a group of invited thought leaders and industry leaders. They hold regular meetings and debates, and decide the recipient of the £15,000 fund:
- Andy Doran – Novelis
- Barry Dennis - ESA
- Charlie Law - Bam Construct
- Chris Dow - Closed Loop Recycling
- Chris Oldfield - Untha
- Clyde Loakes – LGA
- Craig Anderson - Furniture Reuse Network
- Dominic Hogg - Eunomia
- Gareth Tancred - BIFM
- Gev Eduljee - SITA UK
- Inder Poonaji - Nestle
- John Twitchen - Copper Consultancy
- Jonathan Davies - SKM Enviros
- Jonathan Straight - Straight plc
- Julie Emery-Priest - P&L Software
- Lee Marshall - LARAC
- Liz Goodwin - WRAP
- Louis Lindenberg - Unilever UK Ltd
- Margaret Bates - Northampton University
- Paul Vanston - Kent Resource Partnership
- Ray Georgeson - Resource Association
- Richard Taylor - Dennis Eagle
- Sarah Wakefield - Co-op Estates
- Sophie Thomas - RSA
- Steve Lee – CIWM