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Bristol campaigning organisation City to Sea appoints new chief exec

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Written by: Hannah Baker | Posted 07 January 2019 16:03

Bristol campaigning organisation City to Sea appoints new chief exec

A Bristol-based plastic pollution campaigning organisation has appointed a new chief executive.

City to Sea, which has grown from a team of five to 18 in the last 12 months, have promoted Rebecca Burgess to the top role.

Rebecca joined the organisation as head of partnerships in April 2018 and was appointed commercial director just a few months later.

“I’m delighted to be taking on the role at such a pivotal point in the organisation’s history," said Rebecca.

"The growth we have seen over the past 12 months is a testament to both the amazing team we have and the increase in public and corporate concern about the issue of plastic pollution.

"I’m excited to see where we go next and look forward to leading the organisation into 2019 and beyond.”

City to Sea was founded in 2015 by author and campaigner Natalie Fee, and works towards reducing the amount of plastic flowing out of the River Avon into the Bristol Channel.

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Natalie will stay on in her role as founder and spokesperson for the organisation.

She said: “I’m thrilled we’re in the position to offer Rebecca the role of chief executive. We’ve sprung up from nothing to become a key player in the fight against plastic pollution with a thriving, growing team.

"And while our enthusiasm and passion got us this far, it feels like great leadership and governance will be the key to our continued success.”

City to Sea's campaigns include Switch the Stick, which resulted in all UK retailers replacing plastic stemmed cotton buds with paper – a move which stopped over 320 tonnes of single-use, non-recyclable plastic being produced each year.

the organisation was also behind Refill – a campaign to stop people using single-use plastic water bottles by connecting them with free water on the go through a network of over 15,000 refill stations across the UK via a free app.

Refill now has the support of high street chains such as Costa, John Lewis, Morrisons, Greggs and Wetherspoons.

City to Sea is now recruiting a non-executive board to help shape the future of the organisation and is encouraging interested people to get in touch. 

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