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The New Deposit Return Scheme for Scotland: Who's included, what's covered, how will it work?


Roseanna Cunningham MSP

Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Scottish Government

Roseanna was born in Glasgow in 1951; whilst she was still a child her family emigrated to Perth, Western Australia, where she completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Western Australia. She returned to her native Scotland in 1977, where she began working in SNP headquarters as a researcher.

In 1980 Roseanna returned to university and became a solicitor. She worked with several Local Authorities in Scotland as well as private firms before being called to the Scottish Bar as an Advocate in 1990.

In 1995 Roseanna became the MP for Perth and Kinross and held that seat until 2001, when she chose to focus her attention on her Scottish Parliament responsibilities. She was first elected as the MSP for the constituency in 1999, after several boundary changes it's now named Perthshire South and Kinross-shire.

Since 2009, Roseanna has been a Minister in the Scottish Government, covering four varied and interesting portfolios.  In 2009 she was appointed Minister for the Environment. This role took her on many fascinating visits throughout Scotland and she was able to become involved in many environmental projects that are close to her heart.  In 2010, Climate Change was added to her portfolio.  As Minister, Roseanna led the Crofting Bill and the Wildlife and Natural Environment Bill through Parliament.

In 2011, Roseanna took on a new role in the Scottish Government as Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs. This is a role which she equally enjoyed, given her legal background and commitment to social justice.  Her remit covered sectarianism, fire service reform and community integration. 

Following Nicola Sturgeon's appointment as First Minister in November 2014, Ms Sturgeon promoted Roseanna to the new post of Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work, Skills and Training.  This exciting portfolio promoted the Living Wage and tackled the obstacles that can often prevent women from playing their full part in the world of work.  It was a key role in driving forward the Scottish Government's policies of fair work, equal pay and gender balance.

After the Parliamentary elections of May 2016, Roseanna was appointed Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform.  In this role she introduced the Scottish Government's Climate Change Plan.  Her remit includes taking forward further land reform and reforming wild fisheries.

Roseanna is a keen walker and reader and enjoys traditional music.

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Andrew Henderson

Director of Public Policy, Pinsent Masons LLP

Andrew Henderson joined Pinsent Masons in 2016, before which he was Head of Public Affairs and External Relations at a new challenger bank being created from within one of the UK’s largest financial services companies.  

Andrew has over 18 years’ experience in the public policy and strategic communications industry, operating across Edinburgh, London and the UK regions, and has advised a broad range of major PLCs, SMEs, third sector, and other organisations on their dealings with government, media and other influential stakeholders.

Educated in Politics at the University of Edinburgh, Andrew also has an MBA and is a member of both the Chartered Institute of Marketing  (CIM) and the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR).

Formerly a board member of Citizens Advice Edinburgh, Andrew currently sits on the board of The Rock Trust, a charity working to support young people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

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Jill Farrell

Chief Operating Officer, Zero Waste Scotland

Jill Farrell is Chief Operating Officer of Zero Waste Scotland and is an economic and business development professional.

She has over 20 years’ experience of developing Scotland’s economy, working with companies from multinationals to start-ups to develop and deliver their strategic priorities and promoting Scotland’s capabilities internationally.

She has a track record of delivering results through partnership working, including complex and strategic projects such as securing the location of the Green Investment Bank HQ in Edinburgh; delivering the Scottish Enterprise investment for the Dundee Waterfront redevelopment (£33m investment in a £90m project); and developing the concept and business case for the V&A @ Dundee.

James Mackenzie

Policy and Communications Advisor, Have You Got the Bottle?

James Mackenzie is the policy and communications adviser to the Have You Got The Bottle? campaign, which was launched by the Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland to campaign for deposit return in 2015. His experience in PR and politics has included work with both the private and third sectors, and two periods working in the Scottish Parliament.


Claudia Beamish

Spokesperson for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Scottish Labour Party

Claudia Beamish was born in August 1952 in London and brought up in the South East of England. She studied at the University of London gaining a degree in History and French before obtaining a post-graduate qualification in primary teaching from Oxford.

Following her studies, Claudia ran a community video and theatre project working with local groups firstly in London and then, following a move to Scotland in the late 1980s, the Douglas Valley area and Kilmarnock.

Claudia taught in two rural South Lanarkshire primary schools and served as the Eco-Schools coordinator at Abington Primary School. She was a Scottish Labour MSP from 2011-2016 for South Scotland, and was re-elected in the 2016 Holyrood elections.

Claudia lives in Pettinain with her partner Michael who works for the Scottish Society for Autism. Her daughter Freya is living in Beijing and son Francis is at Edinburgh University.


Maurice Golden MSP

Scottish Conservative Party Low Carbon Economy Spokesperson and Chief Whip

A member of the Scottish Parliament for the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party since May 2016, Maurice is the Scottish Conservative Chief Whip and Spokesman for the Low Carbon Economy. Previously, Maurice held the positions of Shadow Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform; Deputy Chief Whip and Deputy Convenor of the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee.

Prior to being elected, Maurice led the Circular Economy Programme for Zero Waste Scotland having joined the organisation in 2011. Maurice has considerable experience working in the waste and energy sectors, and is a Chartered Waste Manager and approved CIWM Waste Smart Trainer for the UK.

Maurice is a fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce in recognition of a number of studies he has led to promote design in Scotland.
Maurice’s recent portfolio paper sets out the Scottish Conservative vision to provide local leadership for our global challenge:


Liam McArthur MSP

Spokesperson for Justice and Energy, Scottish Liberal Democrats

Liam grew up in Orkney and attended Kirkwall Grammar School, before graduating from the University of Edinburgh with a degree in Politics.
He was elected as Orkney’s MSP in 2007, following a period as a Special Advisor to the then Deputy First Minister, Jim Wallace. He has also worked as a researcher at Westminster and in the European Commission, before embarking on a career in consultancy. Since being elected, Liam has been a member of various Committees, including Finance, Rural Affairs & Environment, Education & Culture and now Justice. He is currently the Scottish Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Justice and Energy, and leads for the party on the environment in parliament.


John MacDonald

Operations Director, Excel Vending Limited

John has a wealth of experience in the Vending Industry. As Operations Director at Excel Vending John has helped to expand the business to become one of the largest independent vending providers in the UK. He also sits on the Environmental Committee at the AVA (Automatic Vending Association) and he acts as a Technical Advisor to AVS (Associated Vending Services).

John is a qualified Civil Engineer and spent many years working in the Construction Industry. Since joining Excel Vending in 2011, John has been actively involved in delivering efficiencies and sustainable solutions throughout the business. He has always understood and accepted the need for responsible disposal of plastic bottles, cans, paper cups and waste. Excel Vending was one of the first vending companies in the UK to achieve ISO 14001 – The Environmental Standard.

His passion and commitment to the environment led to Excel Vending bringing the first DRS ready, Reverse Vending Machine into Scotland. With an RVM in the Excel Vending showroom he could then highlight the issues and identify solutions.

John actively encouraged visits from representatives of Government Press and Commerce to demonstrate how the Reverse Vending solution, in conjunction with a Deposit Return Scheme, could positively impact the environment. The Excel Showroom was also used by the BBC to demonstrate the RVM and their footage (featuring John) was used in various Scottish and National news stories.

He continues to promote the benefits of Reverse Vending and Deposit Return Schemes via active membership in organisations and initiatives such as Circular Glasgow and Keep Scotland Beautiful. He also regularly visits schools to educate youngsters about responsible disposal of plastic waste.


Bryan McCluskey

Circularity Director, Natural Source Waters Association

Bryan joined the NSWA in February 2019 in the newly created position of Circularity Director, initially leading the response to the proposed Deposit Return Scheme in Scotland.

Previously Bryan was Group Operations Director of Highland Spring, having been with the business for over 20 years and held a number of positions within the Group in the areas of IT, operations, technical, procurement, water resource management, acquisition and integration and general management.

Dr Peter Lee

Head of Operations, Oakdene Hollins

Dr Peter Lee is Head of Operations at research consultancy Oakdene Hollins. He has worked on environmental policy for over 20 years, working on DRS studies for ZWS, Defra and WRAP . Peter takes an evidence based approach to his work, as can be seen in his latest report for FEVE - The European Container Glass Federation entitled ‘Recycling DRS in Scotland’.


Stephen Freeland

Policy Advisor, Scottish Environmental Services Association

Stephen Freeland joined the Scottish Environmental Services Association, the trade body for the waste and recycling industry in 2005. As policy advisor his main role is to help inform the development of waste and environmental policy on behalf of the industry.


Colin Smith

Chief Executive, Scottish Wholesale Association

Colin’s career in the wholesale sector spans more than 20 years. After graduating with Honours in Business Studies from Edinburgh Napier University, he joined Bellevue Cash & Carry holding various sales and marketing roles throughout his first seven years.

Following five at Costco Wholesale, Colin rejoined Bellevue as head of sales and marketing and became Scottish regional manager for Bestway’s symbol group Best-one after the wholesaler’s acquisition of Bellevue in 2010.

In 2013, Colin sourced private equity for building and managing his own business, the multi-award-winning Pinkie Farm Convenience Store in Musselburgh, before selling in 2018.

He was appointed chief executive of the SWA in 2018, bringing with his extensive knowledge of the food and drink supply chain as well as a collaborative approach to help SWA members grow and evolve in partnership with suppliers and other stakeholders.

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Ewan MacDonald-Russell

Head of Policy and External Affairs, Scottish Retail Consortium

Ewan is Head of Policy & External Affairs for the Scottish Retail Consortium. He previously was Public Affairs Advisor for Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc, and before that worked for the Scottish Youth Parliament, Scottish Parliament & Business Exchange, having started his career at the Courier Newspaper in Dundee.

Ewan leads on sustainability, productivity, and food and drink policy for the SRC. He has contributed opinion articles to the Times, Scotsman, Mail, and Herald and discussed retail issues on BBC, STV, and Sky News. Ewan is also the Chair of the Scottish Child Law Centre and a keen amateur Piper.


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Very good to see several high profile and interesting female speakers.

Eleanor Lane, CMS,
4th Annual Scottish Transport Conference 2017