Building a Circular Economy

Creating a more circular economy is about designing out pollution and waste, keeping products and materials in use and regenerating natural systems. According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, carbon emissions can be reduced by almost half by 2030 through adopting circular economy principles. This session will introduce some of this big picture thinking, whilst helping with understanding the support available nationally and locally for real projects. It includes details of the current work underway in the region to establish an innovation hub focused on Accelerating Circular Economy and how businesses can get involved.

Simon Green

CEO at Innovation SuperNetwork

Simon Green is the founder and CEO of Innovation SuperNetwork, working with the North East LEP, local authorities, universities, support providers and businesses to drive growth through innovation. Working as a partnership of 60 organisations with a wider network of 5,000 businesses, the SuperNetwork has led a step-change in collaborative innovation activity in the region over the past five years and grown to a team of 25 innovation professionals.

Simon’s background is in innovation within small business and corporate environments, having originally moved to the North East to work for Procter & Gamble on global programmes. He has launched five start-ups over the past decade, securing significant public and private funding in the process. He is founder and CEO of Rural Design Centre (focused on rural innovation) and ed/ge, an innovation and investment consultancy.

Paul Swift

UK R&D OPEN INNOVATION DIRECTOR AT PROCTER AND GAMBLE (P&G)

Paul is P&G’s Director for Open Innovation in the UK, helping to initiate partnerships to meet today’s needs across the Procter & Gamble business: for products, technology, in-store, e-commerce and the supply chain. P&G is a company of leading Home & Personal Care brands including Ariel, Fairy, Pampers, Always, Gillette, Oral-B, Vicks, Head & Shoulders and Olay.

Dr Henry Kippin

DIRECTOR OF ECONOMIC GROWTH AT THE NORTH OF TYNE COMBINED AUTHORITY

Dr Henry Kippin is director of economic growth at the North of Tyne Combined Authority.  He was formerly an executive director at the West Midlands Combined Authority, responsible for its work on inclusive growth, public service reform, climate change and digital.  Previous to this he was chief executive of Collaborate CIC and held roles in UK public policy and international development.  He is a member of NESTA’s Government Innovation Board, and between 2013-18 was a visiting fellow of the UNDP Global Centre for Public Service Excellence.

Amy Peace

INNOVATION LEAD FOR CIRCULAR ECONOMY AT INNOVATE UK

Amy Peace is the Innovation Lead for Circular Economy at Innovate UK. With a background in Chemical Engineering, she has coordinated sustainability projects and programmes in industry (ICI, INEOS, Britest), industrial clusters (Chemicals Northwest) and pan-EU cross-sector initiatives (Horizon2020 SPIRE). Amy’s current work portfolio includes UKRI investments in interdisciplinary circular economy centres and the development of future programmes to aid the transition of manufacturing and materials sectors to get to Net Zero, highlighting the importance of embedded carbon in supply chains.

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