Ray Georgeson has contributed to the development of recycling, resource management and the circular economy for more then thirty years. After an early career in the textile industry, he returned to university and then embarked on a career in recycling, starting in campaigning roles and creating community recycling projects.
He was a 1980s community recycler, 1990s Director of Waste Watch and a founder Director of Policy for the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) in 2001, then creating his RGR consultancy in 2008. He ran the Resource Association part-time from 2011-2019, is a trustee of Community Resources Network Scotland (CRNS) and a founding trustee of WasteAid. Previous non-executive roles have included Northern Ireland-based social enterprise Bryson Recycling and LondonEnergy. Ray is a Fellow of CIWM, Member of ISWA and Green Alliance and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA). He was appointed MBE for services to sustainable waste management in 1999 and is a past winner of the CIWM’s James Jackson Medal and Industry Leader of the Year and Resource magazine’s Hot 100.
Ray commences his new role as Head of Resource Management, Waste & Recycling for Zero Waste Scotland in July 2021.