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Change at the top for WRA

The Wood Recyclers Association (WRA) has appointed Julia Turner as its new executive director.

She will replace Simon Dowson, who leaves the position after two years to focus on his other roles working with local schools.

Turner will officially take on the part-time role from October, but will attend the WRA’s autumn meeting next week to introduce herself to members and hear about the organisation’s work.

She joins the association from charity WRAP, where she has worked for 12 years in a variety of roles.

Most recently she worked as senior business development manager and head of new programmes, where she focused on bringing in alternative funding streams and developing European partnerships.

Previously she specialised in energy from waste and wood as a sector adviser and market development manager for the recycling industry.

Turner said: “I am really looking forward to working with the vibrant wood recycling industry again to help what is already a highly professional trade association move to the next level and to take advantage of the opportunities on offer to it.

“I am also looking forward to meeting the members next week.”

WRA chair Andy Hill said: “Julia brings a wealth of experience to the WRA from her time working at WRAP, where she has facilitated the development of end markets for the wood sector, realised new funding opportunities and managed key stakeholder relationships.

“We are delighted she is joining us, especially at a time when the WRA is growing.

“Julia will play a key role in helping us to develop the association, including talking to the Environment Agency about its Fire Prevention Plan (FPP) guidance on behalf of our members.”

The FPP guidance is a contentious issue within the industry, with Hill criticising the EA for publishing the latest guidance before evidence from industry-led fire tests had been fed into it.

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