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Zero Waste Scotland makes key appointment for circular economy ambitions

Zero Waste Scotland, Scotland’s expert organisation for growing the circular economy, is adding to its senior team with the appointment of Jill Farrell as the organisation’s first Chief Operating Officer.

7 Mar 17

Jill has over 25 years’ experience in business and economic development, including senior roles with Scottish Enterprise and the University of Strathclyde.

She joins Zero Waste Scotland as the organisation steps up its work to help Scottish businesses and other organisations embrace the idea of the circular economy. It is currently the lead partner on a £70million programme, funded by the Scottish Government and European Regional Development Fund, to support innovation and new business models for a more circular economy.

Zero Waste Scotland CEO Iain Gulland said: “Interest in the circular economy is growing and Scotland is seen as one of the front-running nations globally.  Zero Waste Scotland is accelerating the shift to a circular economy through the investment and expert support we’re able to provide organisations with.

“We’re delighted to welcome Jill into this key new role. In particular, her experience of running programmes which help businesses to innovate and grow – including on an international dimension – will be vital to achieving Scotland’s circular economy ambitions.”

Newly appointed Chief Operating Officer Jill Farrell added: “I’ve been impressed with the work that the Scottish Government and its agencies have started to help get the idea of the circular economy into mainstream business thinking. There’s an estimated £1.8 trillion opportunity across Europe from moving towards this new way of doing business and Scotland’s in a great place to capitalise on that.

“I’m looking forward to working with Iain and his team, the Scottish Government and Zero Waste Scotland’s many valued partners to embrace the circular economy and continue to enhance Scotland's already high credentials in this area.”

Notes For Editors

  • Jill Farrell joins Zero Waste Scotland from Deante 17, an economic and business development advisory consultancy she founded in 2015, following positions as Director of Professional Services at the University of Strathclyde (2013-2015) and Director of Financial Services and Regional Director at Scottish Enterprise (2010-2013). She holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Strathclyde and a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
  • Zero Waste Scotland exists to create a society where resources are valued and nothing is wasted. Our goal is to help Scotland realise the economic, environmental and social benefits of making best use of the world’s limited natural resources. We are funded to support delivery of the Scottish Government’s circular economy strategy and the EU’s 2020 growth strategy.
  • More information on all Zero Waste Scotland’s work can be found at www.zerowastescotland.org.uk . Keep up to date with our latest news on - Twitter | Facebook | Google Plus | LinkedIn

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