Vanston to take on chief executive role at INCPEN

INCPEN has appointed Paul Vanston as its new chief executive.


Vanston will replace Jane Bickerstaffe, who will retire at the end of May. In the meantime, Vanston will serve as chief exective designate.

INCPEN Chairman David Baker said: “We interviewed a number of very high calibre candidates and Paul’s personal strengths, governmental expertise, and experience of the supply chain were key factors in his appointment.  We are confident he will consolidate and build on Jane’s fantastic work over many years to ensure INCPEN is at the heart of shaping a post-Brexit UK that supports the supply chain’s needs.”

Vanston has over 25 years of experience in the public sector both in central and local government. Most recently he was with Kent County Council but has also had spells at Defra and the Local Government Association. Vanston has been involved in a number of high-profile campaigns such as Fresher for Longer, Pledge4Plastics and Metal Matters.

Bickerstaffe said: “Paul is very well-known across the whole industry for his passion and genuine commitment to resource and product efficiency. His supply chain work with retailers, brands, recyclers and others puts him in good stead to lead INCPEN into the future.  I am pleased to hand over to him.”

Martin Kersh, executive director of the Foodservice Packaging Association added: “In Paul, the INCPEN board has made an excellent choice. “Jane has created a dynamic organisation and will undoubtedly be a very tough act to follow. While we are very sad to be losing her, I firmly believe Paul will rise to the challenge of building on Jane’s brilliant work and that INCPEN will continue to go from strength to strength. We’ve benefitted from a very productive working relationship with the organisation and I look forward to that continuing and to working closely with Paul to deal with the many challenges faced by packaging.”