Recycling Lives announces New Non-Executive Advisory Board

Recycling Lives welcomes Anne Catterson, Suzana Edwards DL, and Frank McKenna to its Non-Executive Advisory Board. The Advisory Board is chaired by Professor Steven Broomhead, Chief Executive of Warrington Borough Council.

Followers of business in Lancashire will need no introduction to Frank McKenna, the founder and chief executive of Downtown in Business. Frank brings a wealth of experience and know-how to the Advisory Board, having been deputy leader of Lancashire County Council, and one of the most influential business voices in the region. A regular public speaker, contributor to television news programmes and to business and political publications, he has his own weekly radio programme on City Talk 105.9fm.

Anne Catterson joins us as the Senior Programme Director for Common Purpose in Cumbria and Lancashire. Anne has a strong background in education and business. Anne was an owner and Director of a highly successful franchise of The Body Shop, with stores across Scotland, Cumbria, and Lancashire. During this time Anne oversaw the successful operation of two further stores in Warrington and Stockport. Anne has also operated her own consultancy business in both retail and education very successfully for several years.

Suzana Edwards DL comes to us as an Honorary Fellow of both Blackburn University College and The University of Central Lancashire. Suzana became Deputy Lieutenant of Lancashire in October 2014, and is also Chair and Founder of Butterfly Ball Events. Suzana’s entrepreneurship, commercial vision and her determination to pursue her ambitions in business have been recognised with a total of 19 national awards including Entrepreneur of the Year (twice). In 2004, Suzana was appointed as a Government Advisor to regional businesses and public sector organisations. In this role she helped to create more than 480 new jobs, safeguarding many more. Suzana’s achievements led to her being appointed her own Coat of Arms for exceptional services to Business in 2009. For the last five years she has devoted much of her time, expertise, and energy as a prolific fundraiser for The Prince’s Trust. Suzana has been appointed as a judge for the Inspirational Women’s Awards, London. Suzana also sits as a Board member of LANPAC – Lancashire Partnership against Crime.

2016 sees exciting times ahead for Recycling Lives and each of the new members of the Advisory Board will bring their own specialist skill set to facilitate our current cycle of growth. The impressive commercial acumen of the new appointees when combined, will support Recycling Lives’ existing strategy of ensuring expansion and increased profitability for our commercial business, whilst ensuring the sustainability and scalability of our Social Welfare Charity.

Recycling Lives’ Founder and CEO Steven Jackson OBE added:

“I am very excited to announce these additions to our Advisory Board. Each of the new members has been selected for their ability to provide valuable input in their own specialist areas, and because they share my passion for delivering outstanding Social Value and can help to ensure the long term sustainability of our Social Welfare Charity. This will help us to deliver on our current ambitious commercial growth and expansion plans; it really is rewarding to see the level of growth that we are achieving. Now we need to make sure that our organisation remains sustainable, so that we can continue to deliver Recycling Lives’ exceptional social impact for the next decade”.