Craig Walker has joined Yorkshire-headquartered green initiative In the Circle as sales director.
With a 25-year track record working in a range of sales and management roles, Craig has experience in a variety of sectors including automotive, home renovation products and construction.
In his new role, he will be responsible for attracting sponsors, exhibitors and delegates to In the Circle’s three physical and virtual sustainability conferences that are being held next spring.
The series of regional events, sponsored by music Magpie and Squire Patton Boggs, has been designed to help businesses of all sizes to move towards becoming part of the circular economy and to demonstrate the business benefits this will deliver.
The inaugural In the Circle conference will take place on Wednesday 24th February 2021 in Leeds, a city that has already declared a climate emergency. Delegates will be able to attend the conference at the Royal Armouries, New Dock Hall, either in person or via live streaming.
“While the COVID-19 outbreak initially disrupted our plans, we are now finding that the crisis has made many companies re-think their priorities and the desire for sustainability has moved higher up the business agenda,” said Alec Walton, chief executive of In the Circle.
“With his solid experience of developing sales and working across diverse industries, Craig will be a real asset to the team, helping us to connect with delegates, exhibitors and sponsors across Yorkshire, the North West and the Midlands.”
With conferences also scheduled at the NEC in Birmingham on Tuesday, March 9, 2021, and at Manchester Central on Thursday, April 22, 2021, each event will bring together more than 30 speakers and 50 exhibitors, showcasing best practice plans and initiatives to help all businesses build and develop their own sustainability policies and programmes.
Craig said: “Sustainability is an issue I feel very strongly about. Many people still don’t appreciate the scale of the damage being done to the planet and this is an exciting opportunity to raise awareness and educate companies about sustainability.
The conferences will bring people together to learn from some of the leaders in the field about how they can incorporate sustainable practices into their own businesses and the commercial benefits this will bring.”
The three regional conferences are expected to attract hundreds of business leaders, directors, managers and sustainability experts from across the UK.