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Topolytics announce non-executive appointment

Jane Stewart

Leading waste tech firm targets future expansion with appointment of Jane Stewart

EDINBURGH-based Topolytics have strengthened their senior leadership team with the appointment of Jane Stewart as a non-executive director.

A qualified chartered account, Ms Stewart was, until recently, strategy director and formerly chief financial officer for William Tracey Group – a leading waste-recycling and resource management company. She is also chair of Zero Waste Scotland’s Circular Economy Investment Fund.

Commenting on her new role at the waste analytics firm, Ms Stewart said: ‘Having worked with Topolytics over the past two years in an advisory board capacity, I am delighted to formally come on board as a non-executive director at such an exciting stage in Topolytics’ growth. Currently, over 70% of waste resource globally ends up in landfill or leaks into the environment.

‘Through aggregating and analysing waste data at scale; our technology creates greater visibility of the waste system and resources generating insights which enable organizations to unlock the value in the material and improve the outcomes for waste resources. My key role will be to guide the firm on strategy, funding and international expansion. The Topolytics platform is truly global and we are currently seeing huge potential in Asia and the Americas.’

Last year Topolytics were awarded a contract from DEFRA to work with the Ordnance Survey to create a ‘smart’ system to monitor and track all of the UK's waste. This involves tracking more than 20 million-plus movements of waste, including construction and demolition, from their sources through to final processing or disposal. 

Dr Michael Groves, chief executive officer of Topolytics, commented: ‘Jane [Stewart] is an invaluable member of our senior management team.  Not only is she highly skilled in finance and corporate strategy but she has an intimate knowledge of the waste and recycling sector through her work with the William Tracey Group and Zero Waste Scotland.’

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