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Skills in the Circular Economy

Skills in the CE
July 29, 2021 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm UTC Timezone

This panel will consider what skills are needed in the resources and waste sector to meet the challenges of the circular economy and decarbonisation, focusing initially on the UK and then looking globally.

Based on a study by the CIWM of the skills needed to meet policy reforms up to 2030 and then to 2050, the panellists will consider skills, competencies, and training needs of the sector and who we must work with to move this forward quickly!

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Amy Bloom, Assistant Technical Plant Engineer @SUEZ recycling and recovery

Amy Bloom is a chemical engineer with consultancy experience across the waste sector, with a broad-ranging technical understanding including industrial, hazardous and municipal streams. Her work has enabled her to collaborate with various manufacturers to analyse challenging materials to move them up the waste hierarchy and circularity. Since the start of the pandemic, she has worked as a plant engineer on an anaerobic digestion site; her work now focuses on the processing of household food waste.

She graduated with a first-class degree in Chemical Engineering (MEng) from Aston University with research into the feasibility of blending pyrolysis oils from waste to power large marine vessels. Amy has volunteered in Central America with Raleigh International and as a STEM ambassador in the UK with people under 18 to heighten awareness of environmental issues. She is a member of Women’s Engineering Society’s climate emergency group focusing on SDG12 responsible consumption & production.

Katie Cockburn, Professional Services Director @CIWM

Katie Cockburn is the Professional Services Director, CIWM and Director of Qualifications and Standards, WAMITAB, with fifteen years of experience in the vocational and technical education space. Over ten of these spent developing and improving qualification standards in the waste and resource management sector. She has seen the introduction of the first apprenticeships to the sector in 2011 and the evolution and growth of operator competence schemes. She is now keen to look forward to the future skills needs of our critical sector.


Adam Read, Director of External Affairs, SUEZ Recycling & Recovery

Adam Read is the moderator of this interaction. He is the Director of External Affairs at SUEZ Recycling & Recovery. Adam has specialized in waste management policy development, strategic decision-making, behaviour change, procurement and training for the last 19 years, first as a municipal waste management officer, then as a University-based researcher, and for the last 12 years as a consultant working globally on waste services and strategies.

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