PRW today unveiled at the PDM Event in Telford its list of the 70 most influential individuals in the domestic plastics sector.
The listing was drawn up using the results of a PRW readers' poll and the findings of a specially-convened panel of PRW staff and long-standing industry figures.
It includes representation from across the industry, from machinery sectors, materials and distribution, through to processing activities.
Also featured are individuals whose day-to-day activities, while not directly related to the workings of the industry itself, nevertheless have a significant impact on its fortunes.
High-profile figures such as the Prime Minister, David Cameron; George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, and Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of England, appear, as do buyers for large companies who utilise plastic in their products.
The listing, which is in alphabetical order, also features those who work behind the scenes, and those who either are supportive of plastics or whose campaigns against its use influence public opinion. The list shows those of UK citizenship or working in the UK.
Dave Allen – purchasing director, JLR
JLR has been one of the automotive success stories of the past few years. Allen's role in determining from whom the carmaker buys is pivotal to the success of a number of suppliers across the UK plastics industry.
Peter Atterby – managing director, Luxus
Atterby has worked for Luxus since 1970, becoming a leading figure in the compounding and recycled material sectors. He has steered the firm towards becoming an important supplier to the booming automotive market.
David Baker – commercial director, RPC Group
A familiar face on the conference circuit, for many Baker is the public face of RPC and an influential advocate for rigid plastic packaging, giving presentations to industry gatherings at home and abroad. He is chairman of Incpen, and was recently appointed chairman of EuPC's packaging division.
Mike Bate – managing director, KraussMaffei UK
Bate has worked for KraussMaffei UK, one of the largest injection moulding machine manufacturers and suppliers in the UK, since 1992 and been managing director of the Warrington-based operation since May 2009.
Roger Baynham – managing director, Philip Tyler Polymers
A vocal supporter of plastics recycling activities in the UK and beyond, Baynham combines his leadership of the Cirencester-based Philip Tyler Polymers business with heading the British Plastics Federation's (BPF) recycling group.
Lord Bhattacharyya – chairman, Warwick Manufacturing Group
A fellow of the Royal Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering, Kumar Bhattacharyya co-founded the influential Warwick Manufacturing Group and plays an active role in promoting UK industry overseas.
Jane Bickerstaffe – director, Incpen
The public face of the Industry Council for Packaging & the Environment, Bickerstaffe wields considerable influence in the packaging community, while also having the ear of environmental groups throughout the UK.
Andrew Bird – chair, Larac
Led by Bird, the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee represents local authorities' views on recycling and waste management issues across the UK. It sees waste as a resource and promotes the collection, recycling and reuse of such material.
Mike Boswell – managing director, Plastribution
With nearly 25 years at polymer distributor Plastribution, Boswell is an eloquent advocate of distribution activity and what it can offer customers. He is an immediate-past president of the BPF and currently chairman of the trade body's polymer distribution group.
Richard Bradwell – chief executive, Polydist
A veteran of the domestic plastics industry, Bradwell helped forge the modern image of polymer distribution and trading in the UK. He was appointed Polydist Europe's group chief executive earlier this year.
Alison Bramfitt – group packaging manager, Nestlé
Working for the one of the UK's largest confectionary groups, Bramfitt's influence in flexible packaging is considerable. Her experience is extensive, having worked for Wickes and Anheuser-Busch prior to joining Nestlé in 2008.
Richard Brown – managing director, RJG UK
A passionate advocate of training activities in the plastics industry, Brown headed Hi-Technology Group before joining G&A Moulding in 2013 as managing director, retaining the role when the firm was acquired by RJG.
David Cameron – Prime Minister
As PM, Cameron leads the UK government and, together with the Chancellor of the Exchequer, is responsible for formulating and enacting the economic policies via which the UK plastics industry can – hopefully – thrive and prosper.
Mark Carney – governor, Bank of England
As head of the UK's central bank, Carney ultimately oversees the UK's inflation targets, monitors banking operations throughout the country and, through the Monetary Policy Committee, sets interest rates.
Richard Carter – managing director, BASF UK
Joining BASF in 1988, Yorkshire-born Carter has spent more than three decades working in the chemicals sector outside the UK but has come home to head up the German chemical giant's operations in the UK.
Martin Coles – founder/owner and chairman, Matrix Polymers
Founded by Coles in 1992, Matrix Polymers has grown to be one of the largest suppliers of materials to the rotomoulding process in Europe. Coles is a vociferous cheerleader for the sector in which he operates.
Brendan Colgan – group chief executive, Rosti Group
With a strong finance background, Colgan has held a variety of senior roles in companies around the world. He was appointed group chief executive at Rosti, the privately-owned injection moulding giant, earlier this year.
Phil Conran – chair, Defra advisory committee on packaging
The committee, led by Conran, advises the department on packaging waste obligations. Currently a director of environmental compliance advice firm 360 Environmental, Conran has considerable recycling experience, having been general manager at Biffa for nearly two decades.
Christine Cooke – senior purchasing manager, Toyota UK
With a buying career for Toyota UK stretching back to 1999, Cooke also headed up the East Midlands Collaborative Purchasing Group, which she said sought to “pinpoint and achieve best practice to support a mutually beneficial and improved local supply chain”.
Richard Daw – director, packaging development, Consumer Healthcare Europe, GlaxoSmithKline
An engineering graduate from Warwick and Loughborough universities, Daw has been involved in packaging technology at GlaxoSmithKline – the world's sixth largest pharmaceutical firm – since 1996. He has been in his current position since 2005.
Daniel Dayan – chairman/chief executive, Linpac
With its products going into the dairy, meat, fish, poultry, bakery and fast-food sectors, Linpac's packaging and films businesses have an extensive reach. The highly experienced Dayan joined the firm as chairman and chief executive in March last year.
Martin Donnelly – Permanent Secretary, Department of Business, Innovation & Skills
A leading civil servant, Donnelly has a business background, plus governmental experience at home and in Europe. Working for Bis since 2010, Donnelly created the technology catapult centres and has supported the plastics sector.
Alan Draper – vice president, purchasing, Ford Europe
Ford manufactures the most popular cars in the UK and Draper and his team hold considerable sway over who supplies what to end up in the numerous Fiestas, Focuses and Kas that criss-cross the country's highways and byways.
Karen Drinkwater – director, JSC Rotational Moulding
A former head of the BPF's rotational moulders' group, Drinkwater is a recognisable figure in the world of rotational moulding, boosting the group's membership and helping to organise last year's Armo rotomoulding conference in Nottingham.
James Dyson – inventor
Creator of the bagless vacuum cleaner, Dyson has championed UK manufacturing – and the use of plastics in his products – for decades, although he has encountered controversy; his decision to relocate manufacturing to the Far East a few years ago still irks some.
Paul Earnshaw – packaging management director, Tesco
Earnshaw is responsible for new product development and innovation at the UK's largest supermarket chain. He describes his biggest buzz as being able to bring new products to the market and delight the retailer's customers with them.
Paul Edmondson – managing director, Maguire Europe
A veteran of the Maguire Group, Edmondson has been a prominent figure on the UK ancillaries' scene for many years. He is also active in Riverdale Global, the US-headquartered supplier of liquid colour.
Mike Elms – head of UK plastics, One Plastics Group
Elms has led the UK plastics operation of One Plastics Group – part of the Dublin-headquartered One 51 investment firm – since 2008. The UK's leading manufacturer of wheelie bins, the group's activities also include tooling for the automotive sector.
Samantha Fanshawe – chief executive, Marine Conservation Society
Although she leaves the MCS this month after 12 years in the role, Fanshawe has worked closely with the BPF to help highlight the trade body's commitment to reducing the amount of waste plastic that ends up in the ocean.
Nigel Flowers – managing director, Sumitomo Demag UK
As well as heading Sumitomo Demag in the UK since 2006 – he joined as a service engineer back in 1985, under its then-moniker Demag Hamilton – Flowers is chairman of the Polymer Machinery Manufacturers and Distributors Association.
Stuart Foster – chief executive, Recoup
A leading light around encouraging better plastic packaging recycling in the UK, Foster has worked for membership-based recycling solutions group Recoup since 2006, and been its chief executive since 2011.
Nick Fox – managing director, Piovan UK
The highly experienced Fox was general manager and director of the Italian ancillaries firm's UK office from 2005 to 2013, then served as vice president in its Asia Pacific office in Thailand until last year, when he returned to his UK role.
Keith Freegard – director, Axion Recycling
A familiar face on the UK plastics recycling scene for a number of years, Freegard regularly champions the re-use of material, notably from electrical and other post-consumer waste, at industry and other events.
Professor Marianne Gilbert – principal contact, PVC Centre, Loughborough University
A respected academic with expertise in processing, structure and property interactions in plastics, Gilbert is also a member of the IOM3 PVC Committee. Specialist areas include thermoplastics, PVC and plasticisers.
John Goff – training expert
The former chief executive of G&A Moulding Technology and now running his own consultancy, Goff is still widely regarded as one of the leading training and education specialists in the UK plastics industry.
David Hall – chief executive, Polypipe
Hall became chief executive of the UK's largest manufacturer of plastic piping systems in 2005. Steeped in the construction industry, Hall is currently halfway through his two-year stint as president of the BPF.
Nigel Hayes – managing director, Distrupol
Following the retirement of Gerry Moore, Hayes became managing director of Distrupol, one of the leading polymer distributors in the UK, having occupied a number of roles at the group's parent company, Univar.
Graeme Herlihy – managing director, Engel UK
A very familiar face in the UK industry, Herlihy heads up what is claimed to be the country's leading injection moulding machinery firm. A champion of plastics manufacturing, he also hosts regular seminars at Engel UK's Leamington Spa offices.
John Holton – projects director, Cogent
A passionate advocate of skills, training and education, Holton began his career with ICI. He joined Cogent, the skills sector council, in 2005 and has since blazed a trail for companies looking to develop a talented workforce.
David Hummel – chief executive, Victrex
An industry veteran with 25 years' experience in high performance polymers, Hummel took over global responsibility for Victrex's PEEK in 1992, led a management buyout from ICI to found the company a year later, and has run it ever since.
Stephen Hunt – membership services director, British Plastics Federation
Hunt has been with the BPF since 2004, representing the UK industry and the federation's activities at home and via overseas trade shows. Promoted to membership services director in 2014, he is effectively BPF director-general Philip Law's right-hand man.
Sajid Javid – Business Secretary
The son of a shopkeeper, Javid was appointed as Business Secretary by David Cameron after the 2015 general election. A former managing director at Deutsche Bank, he is charged with supporting UK business development, including manufacturing.
Mike Jordan – founder/owner, Summit Systems
Another well-known industry figure, Jordan is a mainstay in the domestic ancillary sector, and as well as running his own successful business is a vociferous supporter of all things plastic, from manufacturing to recycling.
John Langlands – chief executive, British Polythene Industries
Langlands has been chief executive of the UK's largest polythene film manufacturer, which supplies markets including agricultural, healthcare and retail, since 2003. BPI is set to be acquired by RPC Group.
Philip Law – director-general, British Plastics Federation
Appointed to the top slot at the sector's leading trade body in 2014, Law spent more than 30 years at the BPF, latterly as the organisation's business and public affairs director. He knows the UK plastics industry inside out.
Steve Mancey – managing director, NCEE region, Logoplaste
Steeped in plastics and packaging since the 1980s, Mancey has worked for Logoplaste in various senior roles since 2001, including the company's chief operating officer. His responsibilities include driving growth across the UK and most of Europe.
Bruce Margetts – managing director, Bericap UK
Margetts moved from RPC, where he had managed the group's UK injection moulding activities and set up the firm's highly-respected academy, to closures firm Bericap earlier this year. He is also the BPF's new incoming vice president.
Mike Matthews – managing director, Nifco UK
A familiar face in North East manufacturing circles, as well as overseeing Nifco's UK arm Matthews is also the processor's European operations officer. In addition to his ‘day jobs', Matthews is president of the North East Chamber of Commerce.
Karl Miller – managing director, Colortronic
An established figure on the ancillaries' scene, Miller has worked for Colortronic in the UK in its various guises since 1989, starting off as technical manager, before becoming its managing director, filling the same role in Motan-Colortronic in 2010.
Ian Mills – managing director, Albis UK
A high profile supporter of UK plastics, Mills has led the Knutsford-based materials distributor, which celebrates half a century of domestic operations this year, since the beginning of 2007.
Julia Moore – chief executive, GTMA
Moore has led the Gauge and Toolmakers Association since 2002. Its strategy is to develop an engineering supply chain to link with the industry OEMs and Tier 1 manufacturers in the aerospace, automotive, medical, rail, marine and energy sectors.
Roger Mottram – head of communications and advocacy, Inovyn
A veteran of the PVC sector, Mottram started his working life with ICI in 1984. Now at Inovyn, he chairs the BPF's influential PVC industry group and in 2013 was awarded the federation's gold medal for services to the sector.
Phil O'Driscoll - head of packaging innovation, Arla Foods
Arla is the UK's largest dairy business by turnover and milkpool, with well-known brands such as Anchor and Lurpak butter and Cravendale milk. Packaging is crucial to the business, and O'Driscoll is passionate about sustainable options.
George Osborne – Chancellor of the Exchequer
Holding the country's purse strings, Osborne has stated publicly that he wants to return the UK to a country of ‘makers'. While many lambast his austerity measures, his last Budget was lauded for avoiding additional taxes on business.
Mark Poulton – director, purchasing/logistics, UK and Ireland, General Motors
Poulton became UK and Ireland purchasing director for GM, which manufacturers Vauxhall cars, in July 2013. He was previously manager, purchasing and logistics for GM UK and Ireland from July 2004.
Jim Ratcliffe – founder/chief executive, Ineos
The former chemical engineer-turned industrialist founded chemical firm Ineos in 1998, building it up via acquisitions to be one of the largest such operators in the world. A backer of fracking, Ratcliffe is also a passionate advocate for manufacturing.
Judith Richardson – vice president purchasing, Nissan Europe
In charge of an annual spending budget in excess of £4.7bn across Europe, Richardson leads a team of more than 200 people managing a supplier base of more 4,000 firms, delivering parts and services throughout the region.
John Sauven – executive director, Greenpeace UK
Led by Sauven, Greenpeace UK – one of the most well-known and vocal environmental groups – is currently campaigning for consumers to resist buying single-use plastic carrier bags at supermarkets, as well as calling on the government to ban micro-beads in cosmetics.
Jane Skelton – head of packaging, Sainsbury's
With a degree in design and media production and appointed to her current role three years ago, Skelton is responsible for all of the retailer's packaging, from structural and graphic design through to print.
Jason Smith – director, purchasing, finance, HR, quality, Honda UK
Smith has been at Honda UK for 17 years. Last year the company announced its Swindon plant would be the global hub for the five-door Civic, demonstrating, Smith said, its long-term commitment to manufacturing in the UK and Europe.
David Steel – UK leader, Sabic
Steel has worked for materials giant Sabic since 1989, filling a variety of roles in the firm across Europe and in the UK. A vocal supporter of sustainability, he has written of the need for the plastics industry to “safeguard the future”.
Patrick Thomas – chief executive, Covestro
UK-born Thomas led the former MaterialScience division of Bayer as it split off from its parent company last year to become Covestro. He is also president of PlasticsEurope and the Oxford University Business Economics Programme.
Professor Richard Thompson – School of Marine Science and Engineering, Plymouth University
Academic and vocal critic of plastic's impact on the marine environment, Thompson has said the benefits of using plastics in areas such as lightweighting must be balanced against the material's negative aspects.
Colin Tirel – managing director, Arburg UK
After a 12-year stint at Negri Bossi, Tirel joined Arburg UK – one of the country's largest injection moulding machinery firms – in 1998 as sales manager, becoming sales director in 2001, before rising to the position of managing director in 2005.
Liz Truss – Environment minister
A keen advocate of academic rigour – and improving maths education throughout UK schools – Truss has argued for a return to a meritocratic and entrepreneurial culture across the UK. Her current brief sees her balancing the needs of industry and the environment.
Barry Turner – head of the British Plastics Federation's packaging group
The former head of the Packaging and Films Association, Turner became the BPF's lead on packaging when the two industry organisations merged in 2015. He appears regularly in the media, discussing and supporting the role of plastic packaging.
Pim Vervaat – chief executive, RPC Group
Joining the packaging giant in 2007 as finance director, Vervaat became chief executive six years later. As RPC seeks new markets and customers, he has overseen its expansion strategy, with acquisitions undertaken around the world.
David Viehoff – managing director, Ultrapolymers
A long-serving member of the Warrington-based materials distribution company, and since 2005 its UK managing director, recently adding the Nordic region to his duties, Viehoff was the chairman of the BPF's polymer distributors and compounders group until earlier this year.
Kevin Vyse – packaging technologist and innovation lead, Marks & Spencer
Overseeing its food packaging needs, Vyse plays a key role in determining what the UK retailing giant buys and from whom. Beginning his career with Metal Box in the 1970s, Vyse is also UK head of the Institute of Packaging Professionals.
Ian Wright – chairman, Business, Innovations and Skills Commons Select Committee
The Labour MP for Hartlepool, Wright was elected chairman of the Bis Commons Select Committee in June 2015. The committee grills ministers and industry figures on a range of subjects including exports, access to finance, and the quality of education.