Jeremy (Jez) Blake
Managing Director, Berry Circular Polymers, United Kingdom
JEREMY BLAKE started his career in Shell Research before opportunity led him to Crime Scene Science. He worked in Crime Scene Investigation for Kent Police eventually becoming Head of Crime Scene Investigation. He then joined the Home Office Forensic Science Service leading the effective use of forensic science in policing. Throughout this period, he was a senior lecturer in Forensic Chemistry at the University of Kent and deputy chair of the Forensic Science Society Awards Committee.
His interest in solving problems using science led him to move in the recycling industry, specialising in polymers.
Having spent a number of years leading the recycling operations of the largest recycler in the UK he moved to become the Chief Operating Officer of Enval. There he led the commercial and operational development of their cutting-edge process that converts waste plastics back to oil. Following that period, he is now employed by Berry Global as Managing Director of their plastic recycling and reprocessing company, Berry Circular Polymers.
Jeremy also acts in advisory capacity to many groups to drive the development of the Circular Economy. This includes trade bodies, government groups and even on TV when they cannot find anyone more interesting.