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Barry Edwards

Barry Edwards

procurement manager, Whitbread

Barry is responsible for Whitbread’s waste and recycling procurement strategy, which has delivered industry leading environmental targets as well as significant cost savings.  This has included diverting waste from landfill, introducing segregated waste streams and sending food waste to anaerobic digestion.  Barry’s current focus is on how to design a supply chain that can deliver Whitbread’s ambitious 2020 goals in a fast-growing business of thousands of sites and 40,000+ employees.  A strategic procurement professional of 13 years experience, he is passionate about the opportunity to use the circular economy to achieve competitive advantage.  Prior to Whitbread, Barry worked at Sainsbury’s and Elexon (a subsidiary of the National Grid).