Monique Munroe (Chair of Trustees)
I have many years’ experience of volunteering and paid work in the voluntary sector in the UK and New Zealand. Everything from chaperoning a faith healer, to volunteer centre manager. I am currently the chair of our local Neighbourhood Watch.
As one of the founder members of Ideas2Action (now Win on Waste), I have had the honour of seeing the charity grow and expand to what it is today. Like all charities there have been challenges along the way, the largest and most recent of course being Covid. However, being Chair of Trustees I am thrilled and proud to see the resilience of our staff and volunteers as they work hard to restart our popular community recycling projects much to the delight of the general public.
If there was ever a time for small charities like ours to play our part in the Climate Emergency it is now.
Harriet Sephton (Trustee)
I am positive about the environment and reducing my own impact through waste avoidance and recycling. I wanted to have the opportunity to encourage sustainability within my local community and had originally heard and attended the Win on Waste sessions at my local library.
The positive response to the Win on Waste sessions are clear to see, with people of all ages attending the sessions and the increasing volume of waste being diverted from landfill. As a trustee I have been able to assist in the organisation of the annual recycling awards which is an opportunity to thank all of the volunteers who support Win on Waste and are helping to drive forward change in our community. I am looking forward to the challenge of developing further campaigns and implementing schemes to reduce waste with the Board.
Over the last 20 years I have worked both in the public and private sectors as a health, safety and environmental professional and in my spare time volunteered for a number of charities, mainly the Royal British Legion raising both funds and awareness.
David Watson (Trustee)
I was very pleased to recently be invited to become of a Trustee of Win On Waste and be able to become more active in the community and to drive the necessary change forward. I am looking forward to applying my business analyst skills and experience suggesting new ideas but also to learn and apply.
My contact originally started as a result of running a small ‘Green Team’ group my company’s “Reuse and Recycle” Centre collecting many items to avoid landfill and to the benefit of numerous charities including Win on Waste, being responsible for the sometimes large quantity of items at my closest Win on Waste sessions!
I have been a passionate recycler for many years and have converted a number of other people over time to reduce their landfill impact. I have always been passionate about the environment, wildlife and animals and am very happy to see the understanding and enthusiasm growing around the globe to tackle our impact.
Elaine Langdown (Treasurer)
I have been involved in local volunteering for a range of organisations over a number of years, so I am thrilled with the opportunity to combine my expertise in the sector with my love of recycling and taking care of the environment.
Having taken on the role of Treasurer with Win On Waste, I am excited to broaden my own skills and learn more about what we can all be doing to look after our local environment – I can often be found litter picking in my local area, so it’s great to be able to give my time to an organisation that’s working in the environmental sector.
Richard Burton (Trustee)
Ever since I was in my teens, I have been passionate about environmental issues and have tried to reduce my environmental impact. I have vivid memories of arguing with shop staff about not needing a plastic bag for every item that I bought. At least that is one thing that has changed for the good over the past twenty years.
All my working life I have been involved in education, teaching science to secondary school aged pupils. Our children were always keen on reducing waste and other environmental issues, and always had the desire to make improvements.
Win on Waste is a great opportunity to bring together these two things. Win on Waste sessions are a great place to discuss, with people of all ages, the ways that we can reduce waste going into land fill and how a bit of thought and inspiration can be used to improve our environmental impact and raise funds for good causes. Where else can you boast about how little is in your bin and people not think you strange!
Marion Burton (Trustee)
I first found out about Win On Waste when I saw an advert for a collecting session in a nearby town. Being a keen recycler I just had to attend. Six months later I was helping set up a session in my own local community. Since then things have just gone from strength to strength. I really enjoy meeting the people who bring their waste along. I’ve also learned that collecting the waste is only the tip of the iceberg.
I’m an ex- science teacher/lecturer with a particular interest in the social and environmental aspects of biology. I love walking in the wild open spaces, especially Dartmoor. At home I’m an amateur lepidopterist, catching the moths the garden, and reporting them to the national data base. These records are good indicators of changes occurring in the environment.
I want to help preserve our planet for future generations. Working with Win On Waste is doing just that – encouraging people to make changes, and helping them on their own recycling journey. Enabling charities and good causes to raise funds from waste is the icing on the cake!
Stacey Woods (Business Manager)
I have volunteered for a range of community organisations over the years, so am excited to unite my work life and volunteering life working for Win on Waste. As an enthusiastic donor at the former Canford Heath and Creekmoor sessions, I know what a great job the charity does in reducing waste, but also allowing local people to feel like they are really making a difference in their communities.
My fundraising experience is mainly in events, so taking on this role at a time when we are dealing with Covid-19 was a real challenge, but it is exciting to be able to now get out and about an bring Win on Waste to more local people.
While Covid has been a principal topic of conversation for a long time, which has now been overtaken buy the Cost of Living, it’s frustrating to see the environment take a back seat at a time when we should be increasingly concerned about our impact on our planet – I hope we can make Win on Waste a leading voice in the fightback!