Andy Sweetman and David Newman elected Chairman and Managing Director respectively. Seven-member Board now complete with Biobag UK’s Harold Naylor and REA’s Nina Skorupska.

London, Tuesday 28 April 2015 – The Board of the Bio-based and Biodegradable Industries Association (BBIA), the newly-established trade body created to strengthen the voice of the circular bioeconomy sector in the UK, has elected new officers for the 2015-16 term.

Andy Sweetman, Jens Hamprecht, John Williams and Tony Breton have been chosen for the positions of Chairman, Deputy Chairman, Technical Director and Treasurer, respectively. The new Managing Director is David Newman, currently President of the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) and former Managing Director of Greenpeace Italia.

With the appointment of Biobag UK’s director Harold Naylor and REA’s Managing Director Nina Skorupska, the seven-member Board of BBIA is now complete. They join Jens Hamprecht, Head of Global Business Management at BASF; Peter Brunk, BIOTEC’s Managing Director for Operations; Andy Sweetman, Marketing Manager, Packaging & Sustainability at Innovia; Tony Breton, Novamont’s UK market developer; and John Williams, ‎Chief Technical Officer at Sinvestec.

UK bio-based insecticides producer “Ecospray” joined founding BBIA members BASF, Biobag UK, BIOTEC, EuroPackaging, Fuchs, Innovia, Novamont and Sinvestec.

“With this outstanding team in place and growing membership” stated President Andy Sweetman, “BBIA is well positioned to continue its growth and move to the next level in representing the broader interests of the circular bioeconomy in the UK’s public and political debate.”