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Zero Waste Scotland Director Iain Gulland named most influential person in UK waste sector

The Director of Zero Waste Scotland, Iain Gulland, has been named the most influential person in the UK waste and resource efficiency sector by trade magazine Resource.  The magazine’s ‘Hot 100’ poll names the current top industry decision makers, influencers and innovators throughout the UK in waste management. 

20 Jan 14

Thousands of people voted in Resource's annual poll, with Iain Gulland moving up six places from last year’s list to come up top for his work in supporting the delivery of the Scottish Government's zero waste policy goals.

Those voting for Gulland lauded his “determination,” “forward thinking”, “hard work” and “never-ending sphere of influence”, as well as the fact he is “relentlessly delivering the Scottish Government's vision – and not just on waste anymore. He's received energy and water efficiency and district heating remits in the last year”.

Iain Gulland commented: “I am very honoured to have been voted No 1. Humbled as well, as I think of all the great people working in the resource sector across the UK.  The success of Zero Waste Scotland is the result of the hard work of all of our staff and our partners across the public, private and third sectors, so I would like to thank all of them, our colleagues at the Scottish Government and all of the people who voted as well.”

Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said: “I congratulate Iain on winning this prestigious award, which recognises his commitment and drive to deliver the Scottish Government’s Zero Waste Plan. Scotland’s resource efficiency goals are ambitious, but with strong leadership they are achievable. This prestigious accolade shows that Iain Gulland is a dynamic and respected leader, and I look forward to continuing to work closely with Iain and his team at Zero Waste Scotland.”

The Hit 100 list appears in the new issue of Resource magazine. The rest of the top 10 are:

  1. Emma Marsh, Head of Love Food Hate Waste.'
  2. David Palmer-Jones, CEO of SITA UK
  3. Steve Lee, CEO of CIWM
  4. Jonathan Straight, Chief Executive of Straight plc
  5. Janez Potocnik, European Environment Commissioner
  6. Karen Cannard, Blogger for The Rubbish Diet
  7. Dominic Hogg, Director of Eunomia
  8. Ray Georgeson, Chief Executive of the Resource Association
  9. Liz Goodwin, CEO of WRAP 
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