Julia Turner, Executive Director of the Wood Recyclers’ Association, has been named on the first ever powerlist to celebrate inspirational women in trade associations.

Launched today (March 8) by the Trade Association Forum (TAF) to coincide with International Women’s Day, the Women in Trade Association’s Powerlist was compiled by the TAF, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and Confederation of British Industries (CBI).

The list of 100 women was selected by an expert panel from over 200 public nominations.

Nicola Bates, Chair of the Selection Panel, said: “It has been a real pleasure to be able to bring the CBI, FSB and TAF together to champion the role of women in trade associations, celebrate their achievements and encourage the next generation of women into the association sector. “

Since joining the WRA in 2016, Julia has been a champion for the wood recycling sector, working tirelessly to deliver for members.

The first woman to lead the Association and sit on its board, Julia has used her background working for WRAP to pioneer a new way of collaborative working with stakeholders and to represent the wood recycling industry at the highest levels.

Her successes have included overseeing the publication of ground-breaking guidance on Fire Prevention Plans (FPP), successfully lobbying for recycling centres to re-open during the covid lockdown and spearheading important ongoing work on Waste Wood Classification.

Richard Coulson, WRA chair, said: “Julia holds so much respect both inside and outside our organisation and the contribution she has made to the industry cannot be overstated. She has further raised the profile of the WRA, growing our membership to record levels. Put simply, a true champion of the UK waste wood sector.”

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