About us

Ray Georgeson
Chief Executive

Ray Georgeson is an independent professional operating in the resource efficiency sector. He has thirty years experience of the waste and resources management sector variously as a volunteer, campaigner, educator, policymaker, programme manager, chief executive and consultant.

Ray has recently been appointed as (part time) Chief Executive of the Resource Association, the new trade body for the reprocessing and recycling industries.  He manages this alongside a portfolio of non-executive roles and consultancy through his own business Ray Georgeson Resources Ltd.

He was Director of Policy and Evaluation for WRAP from 2001-2008. At WRAP he produced four business plans that have directed over £200m of public spending on recycling market development, local authority recycling, public communications and waste minimisation programmes. This contributed to a fourfold increase in household recycling since 2001, elimination of increases in retail packaging and two thirds of English households regarded as committed recyclers.

Previously, he was Chief Executive of environmental charity Waste Watch from 1996 and held a number of other project management posts in the third sector.

From 2008-2010 Ray acted as a retained advisor to RPS Group on the recycling market development programme for the Republic of Ireland (rx3) and now advises on an ad hoc basis.

Ray has previously acted as an adviser to Defra (on the development of Waste Strategy 2000 and other policy developments), and the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit in the Cabinet Office (on the Waste not: want not review of waste policy).

He has a non-executive portfolio in the resources and waste sector: Belfast based social enterprise Bryson Recycling, waste and resources management company LondonWaste Ltd, third sector representative body REalliance CIC and anaerobic digestion developers Oaktech Environmental.  

He has worked with many stakeholders in the waste and recycling sectors, He is a regular chair and speaker at industry events and a media commentator, including a regular column for Resource magazine.

Ray was educated at the University of Lancaster, Cranfield University School of Management and the College of Europe in Bruges. He is a Chartered Waste Manager, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and was appointed MBE for services to sustainable waste management in the Millennium Year Honours List. 

Carole Saul
Administrator

After graduating from Leeds University with a degree in history Carole spent more than 20 years in a large Catholic High School in Yorkshire. During her teaching career she was promoted to Head of Department, Head of Sixth Form and Head of Administration responsible for Examinations.

In 2002 Carole joined Directorbank Executive Search, a company which recruits Chairmen, Chief Executives and Non Executive Directors for the Private Equity markets. She set up Directorbank's administrative procedures, was responsible for the integrity of the database and was appointed as HR & Finance Manager. In her last 18 months at Directorbank she managed candidate services.

In May 2011 Carole set up her own administrative services business – Capra Admin Services.

Outside of work Carole sings with Inspiration UK, the biggest unauditioned choir in the country, enjoys ballroom and Latin American dance, and is a member of a wine club. She enjoys international travel and is looking forward to spending three weeks in China in May.

Robbie Warden
Robbie Warden
Chair

Robbie is National Sourcing Manager for UPM, responsible for the strategic sourcing and management of the supply of recyclable materials for UPM’s Paper Mills, Mixed Paper Sorting Lines and Materials Recovery Facility. Robbie has worked for UPM since 2008.

After graduating with a BSc in Environmental Science from Newcastle University and an MSc in Environmental Management & Technology from Oxford Brookes University, Robbie spent the next 6 years working in Local Government in Oxfordshire.  His roles at West Oxfordshire District Council included Waste Management Officer and Environmental Policy Officer before joining Cherwell District Council as Waste Policy and Recycling Manager. Robbie then moved to Grundon Waste Management as Contracts Manager based out of their Colnbrook Office in Berkshire.

Robbie is a Chartered Waste Manager and an Associate at the Institute of Environment Management and Assessment.

Robbie is very keen on sport particularly rugby, football and cricket however he is very conscious that most of his time now is spent watching rather than playing! However he does still play football regularly for a local 5-aside team.

Eric Bryson
Eric Bryson
Vice Chair

Eric is a serial social entrepreneur who started his career in recycling in 1989 with co-operative Bradford Waste Chasers. Since 1992 Eric has led the development of social enterprise, Bryson Recycling which is now the leading provider of household recycling services in Northern Ireland.

The company employs 220 staff across Northern Ireland, Donegal and N Wales and handles over 65,000 tonnes of materials including recyclables collected from 60% of NI’s households.  Bryson operates a regional MRF in Mallusk, kerbside sort collections to over 170,000 houses and 8 household recycling centres in N Wales and Donegal.

Bryson has driven improvements to containers and vehicles used for kerbside recycling that have been identified by Governments across the UK as the best value and environmental approach.  

Paldeep Bhatti
Paldeep Bhatti

Having graduated in 2009 from Kingston University with a BSc (Hons) in Computing with Business, Paldeep began his career in local government in 2010 with Kent County Council – this included a number of business support and projects officer roles. Since 2011, Paldeep has worked on behalf of the 13 Kent councils with the Kent Resource Partnership as the KRP Projects Officer and in early 2016 was successful in becoming the KRP Manager.

Paldeep is an affiliate member of the Chartered Institution of Waste Managements (CIWM) and is a co-optee to the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC) Executive Board. 

Gero Hempel

Gero joined Palm Recycling Ltd in 2014 as their Managing Director with the main target of supplying Palm Papers Kings Lynn mill with recycled paper.

Gero graduated from RWTH Aachen University with a master’s in Business Administration and since Gero has worked extensively in waste and resource management, including working as Managing Director for European companies from 2000 – 2014.

In 2010, Gero became a member of Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Abfallwirtschaft (DGAW) and since 2016 Gero has been a Director of the Resource Association. 

Mandy Kelly
Mandy Kelly

Mandy is currently the Senior Recycling Manager for the food and drink carton industry trade association, The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE UK), having moved there from Palm Recycling where she was Business Development Director.

Mandy started her career based at Bridgewater Papermill, where she saw recycling in action through newsprint manufacturing as a Chartered Management Accountant.  It is against this background that Mandy transferred to the Recycling Division in 2001 when the business began to collect more than just newspapers and magazines.  Moving into business development gave Mandy an insight into the many different supply chains within the recycling industry.

Mandy’s current focus is on ensuring that Local Authorities have the opportunity to recycle cartons, preferably through their kerbside collection scheme, as well as establishing sustainable supply lines for the carton reprocessing mill in Halifax.  The mill started production in August 2013 as a partnership between ACE UK and Sonoco Alcore whereby the fibre from the cartons are used in coreboard production.

Andy Doran

Andy joined Novelis UK Ltd in 2006 as their National Manager and became Senior Manager Sustainability & Recycling Development for Novelis Europe in 2012, helping the company to become the leading supplier of low carbon aluminium.

Prior to Novelis Andy has worked extensively in waste and resource management with spells at Alcan Aluminium Can Recycling, local and central government. During his time in local government, Andy held the positions of Policy Officer and Chair of the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC) on whose national Executive Committee he served for 5 years.

He is also a Member of the Chartered Institute of Wastes Management and an associate member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment.

In 2006 Andy joined the Board of Resource Media (a social enterprise specialising in publishing in the area of sustainability) and became Chair in 2008. Andy was the founding Chair of the Resource Association from 2011-2014.