TEAM, BOARD & ADVISORS


TEAM, JOURNEY, BOARD & ADVISORS

TEAM

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Gwen Powell is the Founder and Project Director

Gwen left a 17 year career in the legal world to start her own recycling business, kompost ltd, in 2009; kompost provides equipment and training to businesses that wishes to turn their food waste into compost on-site.

Dennis Geertsen is the Production Manager

Dennis, a qualified lithographic printer, joined her in 2010 and they have been working together ever since.

JOURNEY

In 2013 a kompost client challenged Gwen to come up with a solution to address the huge volume of hotel soap and toiletries being sent to landfill, or being incinerated, in the UK each year.

Soap recovery and recycling was already well under way in many parts of the world, but the proper recovery and repurposing of the toiletries had not been done anywhere in the world.

Gwen and Dennis started running trials from their one bedroom apartment in May 2014 and it took 6 months’ of negotiations with the Environment Agency to obtain a special Waste Exempt, to make CleanConscience the first and only organisation in the UK to legally treat the half used soap and toiletries discarded by the hospitality sector.

Another 6 months were spent to finally obtain Registered Charity Status in March 2015, and then the search started to find a specialist Insurance Company, willing to underwrite CleanConscience’s Public and Product Liability. This type of activity had never been done in the UK before, so a 27-page Standard Operating Procedure, to include Risk Assessments and Method Statements, had to be written up and submitted for the Insurance Company to find an Underwriter.

Click here to see a copy of our current Public, Product & Employer’s Indemnity Insurance Certificate.

To enable CleanConscience to become a financially sustainable organisation, initially with start-up support from Foundations and Trusts, we had to convince the hotels to pay a Programme Fee.

The CleanConscience Unit officially opened in July 2015 and our first hotels, lead by Brown’s Hotel and The Ritz London, joined immediately.

In October 2015 we hosted our first volunteers, and in April 2016 we will be incubating our first satellite hub at Heathrow IRC, in partnership with Care & Custody.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

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Sue Gillie, Co-Founder of The Funding Network, and Trustee to numerous other charities, is the Chair of Trustees;

Alan Brand, retired Director of Estate & Hotel Services for Henley Business School, is one of the founding Trustees;

Jo Taylor, a consultant to the NGO sector and former first Director of the Ethical Property Foundation, is another founding Trustee; and

Stephen Wright, former Head of Finance Aioi Insurance Management, currently taking a sabbatical from his career, is the Treasurer.

SPECIAL ADVISORS

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Elna Kotzea retired businesswoman, environmentalist, Ashoka Fellow, former Chair of the nef consulting Board and retired Operations Director of nef.

Jenny Gush, formerly Pharmacy Stores and Distribution Manager, Trained NVQ Assessor and Quality Assurer.

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JOIN US

If your hotel, B&B, guesthouse or residential conference centre would like to take part in the CleanConscience hotel soap and toiletry recycling project then please get in touch with Gwen Powell:

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FOR RECYCLING HOTEL SOAP & TOILETRIES IN THE UK