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Zero Waste Scotland appoints Dominic Fry as new Chair

29 Feb 24 2 minute read

Zero Waste Scotland has appointed Dominic Fry as its new Chair, from 1st March 2024. 

As Chair of the Zero Waste Scotland Board, Dominic aims to help Scotland’s circular economy agency accelerate its ambition, leading the nation to use products and resources responsibly, through reduced and smarter consumption.

Dominic brings over three decades of experience spanning public service, energy, social mobility, and retail. His deep understanding of consumers from his time as Director of Communications for Sainsbury’s, Scottish Power, and Marks & Spencer will be an asset to Zero Waste Scotland.

Dominic has Chaired The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) since 2019. RBGE is a key Scottish environmental public body, dedicated to countering the twin existential threats of biodiversity loss and the climate emergency.

Photo of Dominic Fry - Chair of the Zero Waste Scotland Board

Championing the circular economy

With accelerating climate and biodiversity crises, the circular economy is vital to enable smart economic change that supports wellbeing and reaching our net zero targets. Dominic’s experience of sustainability and business innovation mirrors Zero Waste Scotland’s mission to create an economic system that puts people and planet first.

Dominic said: “I’m delighted to join Zero Waste Scotland as Chair. The role aligns perfectly with my personal values and complements my work with RBGE. It’s a very exciting opportunity to apply my experience and learn for the future.

“The transition to public body status, coupled with our new corporate plan, represents a major opportunity. As Chair, I want to be sure that we have the right mix of skills and the resilience to make the most of this, providing strategic leadership to bring our new agenda to life.

“I will work with the team to promote confidence and ambition within Zero Waste Scotland, helping stakeholders see the big picture and working with Government to strengthen the links between Circular Economy thinking and Scotland’s biodiversity, climate, and economic ambitions.”

Zero Waste Scotland’s Chief Executive, Iain Gulland, said: “I am delighted to welcome our new Chair to Zero Waste Scotland.

“In addition to the important governance role our Board carries out, they are also a dedicated group of advocates for the circular economy, and Dominic’s wealth of experience will strengthen it further, giving us a fresh perspective as we carry on in our mission to create a more circular Scotland.

“I look forward to working with Dominic in his new role to deliver our ambitious corporate strategy and work towards a truly circular economy.”

The role of the Chair

Zero Waste Scotland’s Chair of the Board plays a critical role in:

  • setting the organisational strategy
  • ensuring strategic alignment
  • overseeing delivery of Corporate Plan ambitions
  • ensuring appropriate transparency and governance
  • achieving the vision for a circular Scotland