About The Speaker
Julia Turner – Wood Recyclers Association
Julia Turner joined the WRA as Executive Director in October 2016. She has a wealth of experience working alongside the recycling sector, having joined from WRAP, the Waste and Resources Action Programme, where she worked for 12 years. Her roles at WRAP were varied but latterly she was focused on obtaining significant alternative funding and developing European partnerships in her roles as Senior Business Development Manager and Head of New Programmes. Previously she had specialised in energy from waste and wood as a Sector Advisor and Market Development Manager for the recycling industry. Prior to that Julia worked in the tyre and fleet industry industry as a Head of Marketing. Since joining the WRA, she has been working with key waste wood industry stakeholders on two major industry-wide initiatives: Working with the Environment Agency on the collaborative development of waste wood specific guidance on Fire Prevention Plans; and Waste Wood Classification, which is about ensuring that waste wood is properly classified at the front end of recycling and is then processed for the appropriate end uses. This work is also focused on identifying the real scale of hazardous waste wood in the UK.