The Wood Recyclers’ Association (WRA) has expanded its communications team with the appointment of two managers to build upon the role of outgoing PR and Communications Lead, Gayle Whittaker.

Erica Malkin has been appointed Membership Communications Manager with responsibility for supporting members, keeping them informed of industry developments and organising Quarterly Members’ Meetings. As part of this role, she will take on some responsibilities previously handled by WRA Executive Director, Julia Turner.

Having worked in marketing and communications for over 27 years, Erica’s areas of expertise include B2B communications and stakeholder relationship management. She has extensive experience in working for a trade association as communications manager for the Stove Industry Alliance. 

Meanwhile Caelia Quinault has been appointed Public Relations (PR) Manager at the WRA. Leading relations with the media, she will work closely with the board to raise the profile of the Association and will oversee publication of the WRA’s Wood Recycling magazine. The role will embrace all aspects of the WRA’s work.

Caelia has over 15 years’ experience reporting on the waste and recycling sector and was previously Associate Editor at She has written widely about wood recycling and contributed to many titles including the WRA magazine.

Both Caelia and Erica take up their new posts on July 4. 

Julia Turner, WRA Executive Director, said: “We are delighted to welcome both Caelia and Erica to the team. We are always looking at ways to improve our services for members and I think they will be a huge asset.”

The WRA bids farewell to Gayle Whittaker, who has been managing the WRA’s media relations and membership communications since 2015. She will depart following the 21st anniversary celebrations on June 29 to continue to grow her new business as an holistic therapist.

Julia said: “We will miss Gayle as she has been instrumental in raising the profile of our industry. On behalf of the board and our members, I wish her the very best with her new enterprise and thank her for all her hard work and support over the last seven years.”

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