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Waste Watch Business Services

Team biographies

Sam Jarvis - head of communications

Marketing and communications strategy, brand development, public relations, market research.

Sam has five years' experience of running communication campaigns centred on public behaviour change at a local and national level. Since he joined Waste Watch in 2005, Sam has managed the successful Recycle Western Riverside campaign covering four inner London boroughs. Previously, Sam worked at The Electoral Commission where he was responsible for leading UK-wide and regional voter awareness campaigns. He is experienced at working across the full communications mix (advertising, PR, field marketing, direct marketing and community outreach) and in a range of media (TV, radio, cinema, press, online, outdoor and ambient).

Claudia Kuss-Tenzer - research coordinator

Environmental consultancy, research, public consultation.

Claudia has three years' experience of environmental research and consultancy work. She was lead researcher on three mass balance studies for Biffa and also played a part in the development of the Kerbside Analysis Tool, now maintained by WRAP. In 2004, she co-authored Recycling for flats, a report for Defra examining estates-based recycling and went on to make recommendations for high density housing recycling services to Project Integra, RECAP and Dacorum Borough Council. She also has experience of conducting focus groups and has an MSc in Environment and Sustainable Development.

Mike Webster - senior consultant

Communications strategy, local authority campaigns, training, research.

Mike joined Waste Watch in August 2006 with five years experience within the waste sector. This included 3 years working for a leading local authority managing the introduction of a district-wide organics collection and waste minimisation scheme as well as numerous smaller projects including schools recycling, an award winning real nappy incentive schemes and the promotion of home composting. He has recently returned from the Solomon Islands, where he was responsible for introducing a community composting scheme - the first recycling scheme of any kind in the country. He has an MSc in Environmental Economics and Environmental Management from the University of York.

Tim Burns - project coordinator

Door-stepping campaign management, monitoring and evaluation.

Tim is responsible for managing door-stepping, and monitoring and evaluation campaigns for Waste Watch. Tim has coordinated many successful doorstepping campaigns in Hertfordshire, the London Boroughs of Ealing, Kingston and Westminster and an attitudinal survey in Ealing. Tim has also managed participation monitoring and estate auditing projects in Northampton, South Oxfordshire, Portsmouth, Hounslow, and Recycle Western Riverside. Tim's skills include project management and budgeting, training, data analysis and report writing. Prior to joining Waste Watch Tim worked for a variety of NGO's involved in marine conservation. Tim has an MSc in Coastal and Ocean Policy from the University of Plymouth.

Matthew Minchin - senior consultant

High-density housing waste management solutions, monitoring & evaluation, door-stepping campaign management communication campaigns

Matthew joined Waste Watch in early 2005 following more than seven years of environment sector experience in Australia at a local, state and national level. During that time, Matthew worked for both the Environment Protection Authority and industry department in Victoria. Matthew brings with him strong experience in a broad range of issues including community liaison, consultation, policy development and analysis, recycling promotion, site audits, statutory compliance analysis, business sustainability and environmental monitoring.

Since joining Waste Watch, Matthew has been responsible for the management of staff undertaking a county wide recycling promotion campaign in Hertfordshire as well as conducting site audits in residential flats in Bedfordshire.

Matthew has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Science) (Hons) from RMIT University in Australia.

Richard Newson - consultant

Monitoring & evaluation, copywriting, design and print management, events, newsletters, electronic mailings, community engagement.

Richard has been working in marketing and communications for four years at Waste Watch and has considerable experience of dealing with the press and media. His background includes two years working in film and television production and managing play schemes on behalf of several London boroughs. He has conducted monitoring and evaluation of campaigns to WRAP standards. Richard has managed the design and production of a diverse range of promotional materials, technical reports and websites on behalf of Waste Watch, and is the editor of the innovative education newsletter Wasted. He has coordinated many external events and launches including several at the House of Commons and Portcullis House, as well as regular exhibition stands at events like CIWM, RWM and LARAC. Richard also coordinates community events often working in high density housing areas.

Ruth Billingham - media and PR

Media relations, media monitoring, events, corporate communications.

Ruth has over five years' experience of communciations within the voluntary and public sectors. Ruth's role is to manage media relations and monitor coverage. She particularly focusses on the Recycle Western Riverside and REDUCE projects. Ruth is also responsible for corporate communications.

James Dubrey - media, communications and PR

Communications strategy, local authority campaigns, public relations, training, copywriting, design and print management.

Prior to joining Waste Watch at the start of 2004, James worked as a PR account manager running the media activity of six different accounts. This was followed by a marketing position working for a range of IT companies and then a spell organising events at a busy international events company. James has built on this wealth of experience since joining Waste Watch and has recently been responsible for managing large advertising campaigns, the production of numerous printed materials, the production of a campaign website, writing communications strategies, the production of case studies, report writing and delivering training.

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