INCPEN – the Industry Council for research on Packaging & the Environment – has appointed Paul Vanston as its CEO to succeed Jane Bickerstaffe, whose retirement was announced last year. Jane will formally retire on19th May and in the meantime Paul will serve as CEO-designate to ensure a smooth handover and plan future activities with the INCPEN membership.
“We are delighted to welcome Paul as our new CEO,” comments INCPEN Chairman David Baker. “We interviewed a number of very high calibre candidates and Paul’s personal strengths, 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.”
Paul has 26 years’ public sector experience in central and local government – the last 15 of which have been in the resource efficiency sector – including the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (now Defra), the Local Government Association and most recently with Kent County Council and the Kent Resource Partnership. His roles have covered leadership, policy and strategy development, and communications.
During this time, Paul has worked closely with INCPEN, other industry bodies and leading retailers, and been involved in a number of high-profile campaigns such as Fresher for Longer, Pledge4Plastics and Metal Matters.
“Paul is very well-known across the whole industry for his passion and genuine commitment to resource and product efficiency,” says Jane Bickerstaffe. “His supply chain work with retailers, brands, recyclers and others puts him in good stead to lead INCPEN into the future. I am pleased to hand over to him.”