Revolution Plastics is our global initiative to address the worldwide plastics crisis. The Advisory Council is a cornerstone of this mission. 

The Council is made up of senior executives from diverse organisations and sectors, including high-level policy agencies, NGOs and both national and multinational corporations. They're united by a shared commitment to creating a future where sustainable plastics production, consumption, and re-use is the norm. And where plastic pollution no longer threatens our environment or health. Together, we’re converting the Revolution Plastics vision into reality by unlocking resources, securing investments, and driving impact. 

The Advisory Council's role is to:

  • Provide invaluable knowledge and connections to guide our research
  • Share insights and information about the plastics economy
  • Advocate for our work
  • Stimulate awareness, debate, and discussion
  • Foster cooperation
  • Share best practices about plastics 

About Revolution Plastics

Revolution Plastics aims to create a transformed plastics economy based on circular principles. We provide evidence-based support, thought leadership and solutions to governments, businesses, campaigners, researchers, and community groups. The initiative is underpinned by outstanding research and innovation, including ground-breaking research undertaken by our Centre for Enzyme Innovation.

Board members

David Willan (Chair), B2B Marketing Consultant

David Willan

"Revolution Plastics is perfectly placed to address the challenges caused by plastic. Best of all it brings together the communities that are committed to finding a solution — and who are passionate about creating a future where sustainable plastics is the norm."

 

David Willan is an entrepreneur and business-to-business marketing consultant, specialising in strategy and research. He co-founded two marketing consultancy agencies — BPRI (now part of WPP) and Circle Research (now part of Next 15 plc). He brings over 25 years of executive management experience to the Council. 

David is currently Deputy Chair of the Board of Governors at the University of Portsmouth. He was formerly a main board director of Portsmouth Football Club and is currently a member of the Advisory Board of Green Square, a mergers and acquisition consultancy in the marketing services sector.

David's interest in reducing plastic consumption was sparked when he worked on a business case for a new material to replace plastic drinks can rings. He was shocked by the level of damage plastic rings cause to seabirds and marine mammals.

Paul Edwards, Regional Managing Director at NatWest

Paul Edwards from NatWest

"Plastic waste is one of the most visible signs of our collective disregard for our planet. I want to be able to look my children in the eye when they ask me 'What did you do, Dad?'”

Paul Edwards is the Regional Managing Director, Corporate and Commercial Banking for NatWest in South West England and Wales. 

Paul leads a team of 170 bankers, supporting businesses ranging in size from a turnover of £2.5m through to FTSE 250, across all sectors. As Chairman of NatWest’s South West Regional Board, Paul is focused on aligning the entire bank in the region behind the bank’s key purpose themes — sustainability and climate change, entrepreneurship and financial education. NatWest is the largest provider of funding to business in the UK and plays an important role in supporting its customers’ transition to a sustainable future.  

Paul is excited by what can be achieved through the collaborative nature of Revolution Plastics. From the impact on marine life to the carbon footprint associated with plastics, Paul wants to play a role in shaping a sustainable world for his children.

Roisin Greene, Engagement Lead, Global Plastic Action Partnership at the World Economic Forum

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"Now is the time for action, engagement, collaboration to drive impact in a meaningful and sustainable way. Revolution Plastics makes it clear that we all have a role to play."

Roisin is Engagement Lead for the Global Plastic Action Partnership (GPAP) at the World Economic Forum. GPAP aims to shape a more sustainable and inclusive world by eradicating plastic pollution. Roisin is a strategic sustainability professional with experience working with stakeholders across the spectrum of systemic challenges — from strategy insight and development, to behaviour change, policy, gender, inclusion, innovation, financing, metrics and impact measurement. She has expertise in building multi-stakeholder platforms to foster collaboration to scale up and accelerate solutions.

Roisin is concerned by the amount of plastic waste in the natural environment, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. She believes collaboration between different sectors, businesses and communities is essential to achieve the system-wide actions required to tackle the global plastics crisis. She knows that now is the time for action, engagement, and collaboration to drive impact in a meaningful and sustainable way.

Hannah Harrison, Director of Sustainability at WPP

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Hannah Harrison is Director of Sustainability at WPP, one of the world’s largest advertising and communications companies. Hannah works with some of the world’s biggest brands to tackle environmental issues, particularly plastics and climate change.

Nigel Salter, Sustainability Management Consultant

Nigel Salter

"Plastic is one of the most amazing materials of our time but its misuse means it's now one of the defining problems of our time. Innovation, new thinking, experimentation and science are key to the future of plastics."

Nigel Salter is an independent adviser, speaker, commentator and facilitator in global sustainability and a non-executive director for several companies in the UK and Europe.

As Director of SB+Co, a sustainability management consultancy, Nigel helps clients respond to the challenges and opportunities created by the changing relationship between business and society. He specialises in developing strategies, missions, models and communications that deliver commercial and competitive advantage for his clients – finding ways for companies to review their role in society and the value they create, and helping them adapt their brands accordingly. 

Nigel believes there will only be a place for plastics in future consumption if initiatives like Revolution Plastics develop breakthroughs in science, policy and innovation that find ways to value, use and dispose of plastics differently.

Adrian Whyle, Resource Efficiency Senior Manager at PlasticsEurope

Adrian Whyle from PlasticsEurope

"Revolution Plastics inspires me. It provides a unique opportunity to address and resolve the challenges of linear consumption. The living lab concept will develop new learnings that will accelerate society's journey to full circularity."

Adrian Whyle is Resource Efficiency Senior Manager at PlasticsEurope. He works with stakeholders to ensure the business transition to a circular economy focuses on resource efficiency and greenhouse gas minimisation. Adrian is involved in identifying new technologies and processes that enhance the efficiency, recyclability and circularity of plastics. He also works with policy makers to ensure policies are implementable.

Adrian is passionate about reducing the flow of virgin plastics and adopting fresh thinking in technological development and behavioural science. His goal is to enable a future where all waste becomes a future resource and supports the transition to a zero-carbon economy.

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