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Laurance Bird – Director

LauranceLaurance has spent his life in the textile industry since graduating from UMIST in Textile Chemistry. His first 5 years were in textile manufacturing, managing dyeing and finishing operations.

Then followed 30 years in sales and marketing with DuPont of which 20 were in the carpet fibres business. In 2000 he set up his own consultancy business covering marketing communications, product development and strategic planning.

Carpet Recycling UK was established in 2008 by co-founders Laurance Bird, Kate Chappell and Bill Tippett. Together, they shared the vision of creating opportunities to divert carpet waste from landfill and to find the best value for recovery of raw materials.

Get in touch with Laurance: laurance@carpetrecyclinguk.com

Jane Gardner - Head of Consulting Services

JaneJane Gardner of Axion Consulting currently manages Carpet Recycling UK, helping to ensure its continued success since taking over in 2010.

Jane has extensive experience in running successful industry-led collection trials and schemes such as the Recofloor vinyl flooring take back programme and the UK Recovinyl scheme, part of a European-wide recycling scheme for post consumer PVC.

Get in touch with Jane: jane@carpetrecyclinguk.com

Marie Rhodes – Membership and Events Coordinator

Marie Marie is the first port of call for recycling enquiries from across the supply chain. Marie looks after membership finance, leads and renewals. She maintains the growing database and issues mailings including the e-newsletter to a readership of more than 2500 contacts. Marie liaises with CRUK members to keep CRUK resources updated; she is also active in planning and publicity for the annual conference and other dissemination events.

Marie previously worked for Manchester Chamber of Commerce, Curtins Consulting Engineers, Olympia Furniture Ltd and Tandom Metallurgical Co.

Get in touch with Marie: marie@carpetrecyclinguk.com

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