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Exciting Conference news - First speakers announced for the 2017 Annual Conference

FRN Annual Conference 2017

Why Adapting Through Change?

The title of this year's conference is a reference to the turbulent climate furniture re-use organisations are currently operating in. With the threat of Brexit and the disruption that will almost certainly cause, our sector is once again going to have to adapt to both survive and thrive. As the national network we are looking to stay ahead of the curve and are watching the horizon for potential threats and help steer our member's through the choppy waters.

Both days have been put together to provide expert opinion on the sector and where it might be in the future. A mix of industry leading speakers will inform on a range of current topics, from a panel discussion on the future of re-use in the UK, to how to improve local engagement within your community. See our full programme for more details. 


Introduction to...

We are delighted to announce our first three speakers, they are: 
- Dr. Colin Church, CEO of the CIWM will discuss The Future of Reuse from a UK Perspective
- Robin Osterley - CEO of the Charity Retail Association will present on Furniture Reuse: a charity retail perspective
- Claire Astbury, External Affairs Manager for the National Housing Federation will address Housing Associations & the Reuse Sector


Colin Church - CIWMColin Church - CIWM - Square

Colin Church is the Chief Executive of CIWM, the professional body for resources and waste management. He is a member of the Newcastle Waste Commission and Chair of the Circular Economy Task Force, a business-led group convened by Green Alliance that aims to lead policy discussions with ambitious business thinking. Previously, Colin was Director, Environmental Quality in the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).  He was responsible for the Government’s support for waste infrastructure development, and led for Defra on climate change mitigation. He was also a non-executive director of WRAP, the waste reduction and resource efficiency body. You can follow Colin on Twitter: @DrColinChurch


Robin Osterley - CRARobinOsterley - CRA - Square

Robin Osterley is Chief Executive of the Charity Retail Association (CRA), the UK’s only trade organisation representing the interests of charity shops and their parent charities. He has extensive experience in membership associations, having previously spent 16 years as Chief Executive of Making Music, as well as a short time as Chief Executive of sports umbrella Supporters Direct.  Robin has a longstanding background in lobbying and advocacy work, and he has been a representative on numerous Government and industry forums including the Music Business Forum and the board of ACEVO. Robin’s 20 years in the third sector were preceded by a number of years in senior marketing positions in the computer industry. Follow Robin on Twitter @ROsterley


Claire Astbury - National Housing Federationclaire ashridge photo Square

Claire Astbury has represented the work of housing associations in the East of England since 2004.  Her main focus is to build relationships with housing associations and strategic decision makers across the region and she regularly acts as a spokesperson on housing, economic, health and welfare issues. Claire worked for housing associations and local authorities before coming to the Federation, starting out on the front line in allocations and housing advice and subsequently moving to housing policy roles. Claire was a founder of the EDGE Forward mentoring programme, which is now delivered nationally by the Housing Diversity Network and has supported hundreds of mentees. Follow Claire on Twitter @ClaireJAstbury





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