Zero Waste Scotland, Scotland’s expert organisation for growing the circular economy, is adding to its senior team with the appointment of Jill Farrell as the organisation’s first Chief Operating Officer.

Jill joins Zero Waste Scotland as the organisation steps up its work to help Scottish businesses and other organisations recycle and reuse more. It is currently the lead partner on a £70 million programme, funded by the Scottish Government and European Regional Development Fund, to support innovation and new business models for a more circular economy.

Farrell has over 25 years’ experience in business and economic development, including senior roles with Scottish Enterprise and the University of Strathclyde.

Zero Waste Scotland CEO, Iain Gulland, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Jill into this key new role. In particular, her experience of running programmes which help businesses to innovate and grow – including on an international dimension – will be vital to achieving Scotland’s circular economy ambitions.”

Jill Farrell added: “There’s an estimated £1.8 trillion opportunity across Europe from moving towards this new way of doing business and Scotland’s in a great place to capitalise on that. I’m looking forward to working with Iain and his team, the Scottish Government and Zero Waste Scotland’s many valued partners to embrace the circular economy and continue to enhance Scotland's already high credentials in this area.”