WRAP chief executive Liz Goodwin has announced she will step down in June, after nine years at the helm.
WRAP will begin the search for a new chief executive through an open recruitment process.
Goodwin first joined WRAP as director of materials in 2001, a year after the organisation was launched.
She became chief executive in 2007. Under her leadership, the organisation oversaw initiatives such as expansion of the Courtauld Commitment to reduce food and packaging waste and the ‘Love Food, Hate Waste’ campaign.
She also oversaw the transformation last year of WRAP from a not-for-profit body dependent on Government grants into a registered charity.
Goodwin said her decision to step down was not easy to make.
”I love WRAP. I care deeply about the staff and the work we do,” she added. ”However, I think this is the right time to pass the baton on to someone else.
“The organisation is in great shape – we are making excellent progress towards our vision, working with many key partners; we expect to receive continued funding from our main Government funders; and we’re making good progress in developing other sources of income.”
She added that she would continue to work with WRAP in an “indirect” way.
WRAP chair Julie Hill said: ”Under Liz’s leadership, WRAP has delivered real and substantial change in the UK. It is now highly regarded both in the UK and internationally.”
An ESA spokesperson said: “Liz Goodwin has led WRAP with quiet determination through very choppy waters over the past few years, while Defra funding was drastically reduced and the organisation adopted charitable status.
”It was no mean feat to maintain WRAP’s focus during these changes and Liz deserves credit for continuing to make a compelling case for a more circular economy despite these distractions.”
”It will not be easy to find a successor who can handle the pressures WRAP faces while making a positive difference.”
In June last year Goodwin was awarded an OBE for services to business, resource efficiency and the environment. She holds a PhD in chemical physics and her previous career included positions at ICI and Zeneca.
The news follows similar announcements from Chartered Institution of Wastes Management chief executive Steve Lee and Defra’s director for resource, atmosphere and sustainability Colin Church, who are both leaving their roles this year.
Lee said: “We will be very sad to see Liz step down but wish her the very best for the future.
”WRAP has played a critical role in both shaping and delivering on the resource agenda across the UK and, under Liz’s leadership, has been particularly effective at engaging a range of supply chains.
”She has steered the organisation through a time of significant change and refocus, ensuring that WRAP is in a strong position to launch the next stage of its ambitious vision.”