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Vanston steps into Bickerstaffe's shoes

Paul Vanston, former head of the Kent Resource Partnership (KRP), is to be the next chief executive of Incpen, the industry council for research on packaging.

He will take over from Jane Bickerstaffe when she formally steps down on 19 May and, until then, Vanston will work alongside her.

Incpen chairman David Baker said Vanston’s governmental expertise and experience of the supply chain were key factors in his appointment.

“We are confident he will consolidate and build on Jane’s fantastic work over many years to ensure Incpen is at the heart of shaping a post-Brexit UK that supports the supply chain’s needs.”

That experience includes roles at Defra, the Local Government Association and eight years as manager of the KRP. In February, Vanston became head of waste resources with South Cambridgeshire and Cambridge councils but left after six months for personal reasons.

Vanston said: ”I’m absolutely thrilled to be staying within the fantastic resource sector. All the sectors, whether public, private or civil society, have major challenges ahead. While Jane Bickerstaffe remains as chief executive, I shall be listening and learning from Incpen’s membership and our valued partners.”

jane bickerstaffe

jane bickerstaffe

Bickerstaffe (left) said: “Paul is very well known across the whole industry for his passion and genuine commitment to resource and product efficiency. His supply chain work with retailers, brands, recyclers and others puts him in good stead to lead Incpen into the future.”

Ray Georgeson, chief executive of the Resource Association, called it a “superb appointment”.

“Paul has a long record of achievement in local government and with the wider value chain. He has served as an elected director of the association with distinction, and his passion and leadership for collaboration towards shared goals is well known.”

Bickerstaffe announced her retirement in September 2016, having joined Incpen in 1990 as technical director and becoming director in 2000 and latterly chief executive.

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