Dr. Richard Swannell, Development Director, WRAP, UK
Richard is committed to working on ways of reducing man’s impact on the environment. A biochemist by training, he has a Doctorate in Environmental Engineering and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). He has a strong expertise in delivering more resource efficient and sustainable practices within businesses, and on reducing food waste and increasing recycling. He is Development Director for WRAP- a UK charity, at the forefront of the circular economy - thought leaders, champions of action and catalysts for change.
Richard joined WRAP in 2004, leading the team that created and delivered the innovative ‘Courtauld Commitment’ - the first agreement of its kind between WRAP and UK supermarket retailers committed to an ambitious and collaborative approach to packaging and food waste reduction. Between 2007 and 2012 this voluntary agreement, together with WRAP’s internationally-renowned Love Food Hate Waste campaign, helped reduce packaging and food waste by more than 3 million tonnes, reducing carbon emissions by over 8 million tonnes.
As Development Director, Richard leads on developing and delivering WRAP’s international and new product development strategies. This includes WRAP’s new work on helping people eat more healthily and sustainably and on seeking new partnerships to achieve impact internationally. A particular focus is on delivering the relevant UN Sustainable Development Goals e.g 12.3 on halving food waste reduction. Richard also leads WRAP’s research, evaluation and economics teams.