Director of the Council since January 2017, David is an alumnus of London Business School. He represents the Council at Ellen MacArthur Foundation CE100 meetings and promotes remanufacturing to EU member states through the "Virtuous Circles" events led by DG ENV. His interest in China’s unique policy positioning resulted in the Council hosting delegations in Brussels and in the signing of Memoranda of Understanding at the same time as those agreed between the Chinese Government and the EU.
David’s linking of remanufacturing to the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG12) led to the Council being recognized by P4G in Copenhagen. His leadership, in what has been a fragmented and largely ignored European industrial sector, led to recognition at the 2018 World Economic Forum in Davos.
David says “The UN IRP study on product value retention has challenged policy makers globally to change regulations in favour of multi-life products. Our job now is to bring together the businesses – large and small – that will deliver products and services to make remanufacturing a normal part of product life cycles. Come and join us”.
David holds an MA in Chemical Engineering from University of Cambridge, an MSc in Mathematical Methods from University of Teesside and an MBA from University of Durham. He managed the Centre for Remanufacture and Reuse in the UK from 2004 to 2010 and contributed to several of the studies published in 2016 by the European Remanufacturing Network. He has led multiple EU funded research projects on critical raw materials. David is a contributing author to a forthcoming book on product design for the circular economy and has an extensive global network of contacts in the sector that will be invaluable to Council members.
Rachel holds an Engineering PhD degree from the University of Cambridge and is one of the authors of "Sustainable Materials – with both eyes open" led by Dr Julian Allwood. It is a book recommended by Bill Gates in 2015 as one of his top five. Rachel has worked on market analysis projects for remanufacturing markets globally, from Scotland to Malaysia, and product analysis projects, such as electric vehicle batteries, and power systems. Rachel led the bid for the Horizon 2020-funded European Remanufacturing Network project () and wants to see the network continue to build an evidence base for policy makers and business to use. remanufacturing.eu
Remanufacturing doesn’t have a champion. And it needs one. Enter Rodney Copperbottom – a bright, energetic and appealing advocate for product life extension rather than inbuilt obsolescence; a character who passionately believes in resourceful re-engineering. In choosing to raise Rodney’s profile we hope to catch the attention of those outside the remanufacturing sector, and that must be a good thing. Because we all agree that the wider population needs to start listening to our advocacy. But while our hero from the film Robots (2005) campaigned for a more sustainable alternative to the linear business model, time has moved on and his strategy needs an upgrade. What if Blue Sky Studios decided to invest another $50 million dollars in making Robots 2? We would be asking for Rodney to adopt easy upgrade design, robotic disassembly techniques and additive engineering. That would be a sequel well worth watching…
Robots (2005) is available from iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/movie/robots/id270006549
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