About the Wood Recyclers Association

The WRA has more than 120 member companies representing over 90 per cent of the UK’s wood recyclers and reprocessors.

We act on behalf of our members to provide a voice for the sector at the highest levels, working closely with the Environment Agency, DEFRA, DESNZ and other trade associations and recycling bodies to influence and advise on issues affecting our industry, including legislation.

Our members include wood recyclers and reprocessors, panel board mills, renewable energy suppliers, technology manufacturers, laboratories, consultancies and specialist insurance and health & safety companies. We also enjoy reciprocal membership with CIWM, Logistics UK and The Recycling Association, as well as our German equivalent BAV.

The WRA was formed in 2001 by a small group of wood recyclers who wanted to raise standards in the industry and ensure its needs continued to be recognised and met by those in power. Today the association is led by a board of nine, eight of who are elected by the membership and give their time on a voluntary basis, plus the Executive Director.

The WRA holds three members’ meetings a year which include presentations on a range of subjects from potential new markets to environmental and regulatory issues. We also aim to host at least one tour of a member company site each year.

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Our main aims are to:

  • Influence environmental legislation
  • Promote the sector to policy makers
  • Assist members to understand and respond to changing market conditions, legislation and regulation
  • Provide a platform for members to share non-competitive information
  • Raise industry standards

Meet the Board

Julia Turner

Julia Turner

Executive Director

Richard Coulson

Richard Coulson

Biomass Wood Procurement Manager, RWE Supply and Trading

Andy Hill

Andy Hill

Founder of Andy Hill Consultancy

Vicki Hughes

Vicki Hughes

Managing Director, McPhee Associates

Mark Hayton

Mark Hayton

Director, Timberpak Ltd

Jamie Plevin

Jamie Plevin

Managing Director, R Plevin & Sons Ltd

Alan Webb

Alan Webb

Development Director, Optimus Resource Management

Richard Jenkins

Richard Jenkins

CEO, Esken Renewables

Spencer Caldwell

Spencer Caldwell

National Sales Manager, Recycling Plant & Machinery Ltd

Meet the Operations Team

Erica Malkin

Erica Malkin

Membership Communications Manager

Caelia Quinault

Caelia Quinault

Public Relations Manager

Rachel Tipping

Rachel Tipping

Team Administrator

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