Penny Mallory, former Rally Champion and the first and only woman in the world to drive a World Rally Car for Ford, will be the key note speaker at the WRA’s Summer meeting this year, helping the trade body to celebrate its 21st anniversary.

The Wood Recyclers’ Association will be marking its 21st Anniversary this June with a special one-day conference and evening drinks reception and barbecue.

The conference will take place on Wednesday 29th June 2022 and will be followed by an evening of networking with drinks and a barbecue. It’s being held at the award-winning Belfry Hotel and Resort in Sutton Coldfield, near Birmingham.

The conference will include a keynote speech from Penny Mallory who is a leading authority on Mental Toughness. Penny will talk about how she beat incredible odds to become a Rally Champion and how anyone can develop their own confidence, sense of control, level of commitment and ability to see every challenge as an opportunity.

The day will also include a presentation  by CIWM’s Junior Vice President Dan Cooke, who will talk about The Waste Industry of the Future: Net Zero.

After lunch delegates will hear from Georgina Collins, Director of Regulated Industry with the Environment Agency, who will be speaking about The Regulatory Landscape of the Future.

There will also be a panel discussion chaired by Steve Eminton, Editor of and featuring a range of panellists covering wood recycling, waste wood biomass, panel board, regulation, waste management and the European markets. Delegates will have the opportunity to ask the panel their own questions as well as listening to those posed by Steve.

An evening of celebration and networking will begin with a drinks reception at 7pm followed by a barbecue and the opportunity for guests to try their hand and show off their skills at mini golf!

If you are a member of the WRA and would like more information about the conference and celebrations please email

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