Liz Goodwin, who stepped down as chief executive of WRAP last summer, is the new part-time chair of the London Waste and Recycling Board (Lwarb).
The announcement has been made by mayor of London Sadiq Khan, two months after the £20,000, one-day-a-week role was advertised.
Khan’s office says Goodwin will help to deliver sustainability goals, including getting the capital back on track to a 65% recycling rate by 2030 (currently 52%), helping London become a zero-carbon city by 2050, and creating jobs in reuse, repair, remanufacturing and materials innovation to support London’s transition to the circular economy.
The role, which will also involve directing green finance and climate change mitigation, is subject to a confirmation hearing by the London Assembly.
Khan said: “Wasting less and recycling more is a crucial part of efforts to make London a cleaner, greener city. Strong, effective leadership and expertise in this area will be a key part of our efforts going forward, so I’m really pleased to nominate Dr Goodwin as the new chair of Lwarb.
“Dr Goodwin offers extensive knowledge of the sector and, as we prepare to launch our environment strategy, I am confident she will show great leadership of Lwarb at this crucial time.”
Lwarb chief operating officer Wayne Hubbard said: “To have such an experienced industry figure at the helm for what promises to be a challenging but exciting time for London’s development will be hugely positive for the organisation.”
After leaving WRAP, Goodwin became the first senior fellow and director of food loss and waste at the World Resources Institute.