About The Speaker
Adam Read – Suez
Dr Adam Read is Director of External Affairs at Suez, where for the last 18 months he has been responsible for government engagement and corporate strategy, plus closer working with CIWM, ESA and other leading trade bodies in the UK and internationally. Adam has been in the waste & resources sector for over 20 years as a local authority officer, academic and consultant, including 9 years at Ricardo where he managed 50 technical consultants covering all aspects of waste management policy, operations, circular economy and resource efficiency including a specialised due diligence team focused on new technology support for potential investors. Adam has been at the heart of many of the sector’s biggest debates over the last 18 months, including global discussions about carbon pricing, concerns about international markets for recyclables, and the sustainable development of the UK’s waste infrastructure landscape. However, the bulk of his time this last year has focused on the development of the DEFRA Resources & Waste Strategy and associated revolution in extended producer responsibility, culminating in the production of Suez’s resources & waste manifesto, which has covered major issues including extended producer responsibility, the EC Circular Economy Package targets, and reform of recycling collections and local targets. He has co-hosted in excess of 30 value chain workshops to explore elements of an ideal new policy framework, working with major brands and retailers, plus a large number of local authorities and other key stakeholders both within and beyond the waste & resources sector. In recent months he has also co-developed a guide outlining the principles behind a gold standard EPR scheme, and has led SUEZ sponsored think pieces on DRS (on the go focused) and municipal contracting best practice. Adam is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and has specialised in local government decision-making, community engagement, and recycling service design, working globally on city strategies, community driven sustainable waste management and technology translation He is a STEM Ambassador promoting the development of science, engineering and maths capabilities in school children across the UK. He is an Executive Board Member of CIWM and WAMITAB, is co-ordinating the people and skills working group within the newly formed Resource Council, and sits on the Advisory Board of the EIC, APSRG and the Broadway Initiative. He is a Fellow of the CIWM, and will become President of the Chartered Institution in November 2020.