Jude Allan joins OPRL as interim Managing Director

Everyone at OPRL is thrilled to welcome Jude Allan to the team as interim MD

Jude has joined the team to cover Margaret Bates’ secondment to Defra. Margaret will spend up to two years seconded as Head for the UK Extended Producer Responsibility (pEPR) for Packaging Scheme Administrator.

She welcomed Jude’s appointment, saying: “This is a big win for OPRL. Jude has a unique wealth of knowledge in packaging but, equally importantly, she shares OPRL’s values on sustainability and the principles embedded in our B Corp status. She is also material agnostic, which is an important principle for our organisation.”

Jude brings a wealth of industry experience with her, she’s a trustee at IoM3 (Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining), where she is chair of the Packaging Group. A materials engineer, whose career has been spent predominantly in the packaging industry, Jude initially worked as a packaging technologist, before spending almost 20 years taking creative designs to market, then the leading independent packaging design agency in London.

When we asked Jude how she felt about her new position with us at OPRL she said: “This is a hugely exciting but challenging time to be involved in packaging. In a sector facing enormous change and a great deal of uncertainty, OPRL really stands out in the market. We know that consumers respond well to OPRL labels, and as producers look for clarity around EPR, they can also rely on the labels for compliance.

“I have been lucky enough to partner with OPRL on IoM3 projects, so I was already aware of the depth of knowledge within the team. As interim MD, I am looking forward to supporting the team in sharing its expertise, to give producers confidence in recyclability claims around packaging products.”

We’re also pleased to announce the promotion of Alice Harlock who is now Director of Technical and Member Services here at OPRL. Alice has played a key role at OPRL since 2014 and she will be supporting Jude in her new role.

Margaret concluded: “The team at OPRL is second to none, and Jude’s experience in packaging design, combined with her knowledge of materials and packaging reform, provide the ideal skills to take the organisation forward. I am confident that OPRL will be in the best of hands until my return.”

Let’s work together towards a future where packaging doesn’t go to waste! 🌎