On 11 January the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors will host a private breakfast discussion at the Institution of Civil Engineers to answer the question: If the circular economy is clearly in the public interest, why is it still only a minority interest among business leaders and policy makers?;

This is the second in a series of meetings organised by the RICS to examine the role of public interest and public good in the context of global trends and the built environment.

Speakers will include:

  • Christine Armstrong, Co-Founder, Jericho Chambers and Contributing Editor at Management Today
  • Richard Gillies, originator of M&S Plan A and former Group Sustainability Director at Kingfisher Group PLC
  • John Kraus, Director of External Affairs, RICS
  • Robert Phillips, Co-Founder, Jericho Chambers

As well as David, attendees include:

  • Jon Alexander, Co-Founder, New Citizenship Project
  • Zoë Arden, Director, SustainAbility
  • Simon Corbey, Associate Director, Alliance for Sustainable Building Products
  • Tom Hill, Senior Associate, PwC
  • Peter Maddox, Director, Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP)
  • Nick Mahony, Visiting Fellow, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, The Open University
  • Chris Megone, Professor of Interdisciplinary Applied Ethics, Director of Inter-Disciplinary Ethics Applied, University of Leeds
  • Lucy Musgrave, Founding Director, Publica
  • Cyndi Rhoades, CEO, Worn Again
  • Trewin Restorick, CEO, Hubbub Foundation
  • Simon Rubinsohn, Chief Economist, RICS

David's area of expertise is in the development of product stewardship and extended producer responsibility programmes for companies and trade associations. At the end of January he will launch a new European Council for Remanufacturing, based in Brussels, to mirror a similar organisation in the USA. The Council will liaise with the National Key Lab for Remanufacturing in Beijing.