Dr Richard Swannell is a microbiologist by training and holds a Doctorate in Environmental Engineering. Richard has worked on environmental issues for more than 25 years, covering a broad range of topics. For example, he has helped develop biotechnology to treat air pollution and worked on new approaches to cleaning soil and groundwater. Over the last 14 years has helped build successful business partnerships to reduce waste. Richard joined WRAP in 2004 where he led the Retail team that developed the ‘Courtauld Commitment’. He became a Director of Sustainable Food Systems and Technical Lead in 2006. His teams focus on delivering a more sustainable, resource efficient and more circular economy in food and drink and increasing the recycling through Anaerobic Digestion and composting. He also leads WRAP’s Research and Market Economics teams.