Meet CIRCULÉIRE’s new Industry Representatives
CIRCULÉIRE Industry Representatives hold seats on the Steering Group alongside Strategic Partners
We are delighted to announce CIRCULÉIRE’s 2022 Industry Representatives who took over from outgoing 2021 Representatives Austin Geraghty (Hovione), Elizabeth O’Reilly (WEEE Ireland) and Ian Ryan (Wyeth) on CIRCULÉIRE’s Steering Group as of March 30th to December 31st, 2022.
As a public-private partnership, CIRCULÉIRE’s governance structure includes a Steering Group with IMR as secretary, permanent representation from its three strategic partners DECC, EPA and EIT Climate-KIC, as well as representatives from industry members who rotate annually.
Network members are invited to put themselves forward for election or nominate a peer each year. Industry representatives play a crucial feedback role between CIRCULÉIRE’s 40 cross-sectoral Industry Members (who range from MNCs to SMEs to micro-enterprise) and the Strategic Partners – bringing industry’s perspectives to the table. A key focus of the 2022 Steering Group will be shaping the next phase of CIRCULÉIRE’s existence beyond its initial pilot phase running from 2020-2022.
IMR, on behalf of CIRCULÉIRE, would like to extend our thanks to our outgoing 2021 Industry Representatives – Austin Geraghty (Hovione), Elizabeth O’Reilly (WEEE Ireland) and Ian Ryan (Wyeth) for their contributions to CIRCULÉIRE’s Steering Group over the last year and extend a very warm welcome to our four new incoming Industry Representatives.
Meet our 2022 Industry Representatives and hear what they have to say about taking up their new roles:
- Fergus O’Sullivan, Plant Manager, Aryzta
“CIRCULÉIRE supported us with circular economy workshops, establishing a baseline , and compiling carbon emission data. From my experience, I believe CIRCULÉIRE can help assist industry in Ireland to improve their environmental footprint and offer their expertise in carbon reporting and cost-saving projects”.
- Kevin Cronin, COO, Freefoam Plastics Ltd
“I’m delighted to be one of the Industry Representatives for 2022. It’s an opportunity to learn more from the other members, support them with their endeavours, and, hopefully, help to shape the next phase of CIRCULÉIRE. Freefoam’s involvement with the platform has been hugely positive and we have learned a great deal from networking with like-minded people in other companies and across different industries”.
- Maria Couchman, Senior Market Advisor, Design & Crafts Council Ireland (DCCI)
“I am delighted to represent the Design and Craft sector. We learn best through collaboration, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to share knowledge and help to progress circular manufacturing models that will benefit the wider industry and the environment through involvement with CIRCULÉIRE”.
- Neil Skeffington, CEO Novelplast
“CIRCULÉIRE initiative is crucial to the progress of the circular economy in Ireland. Developing its role in the industry over the coming years is an exciting opportunity and one which we take seriously in Novelplast. Equally as important is to increase the membership numbers of CIRCULÉIRE, which will have an exponential effect on the efficacy of its role going forward”.
CIRCULÉIRE is a public-private partnership co-created by Irish Manufacturing Research (IMR) and three strategic partners: the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications (DECC), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and EIT Climate-KIC. Together with industry partners CIRCULÉIRE aims to assist manufacturers and their supply chains to switch from linear to circular business models.
Read more about CIRCULÉIRE here.