David Perchard is Managing Director of Perchards, which he co-founded in 1987. He has been involved with packaging waste management policy since 1974, and has been a member of a number of official advisory committees in the UK.  

He has been the project leader on almost all of the public-sector studies undertaken by Perchards, including the major report for the European Commission on the progress of the implementation and impact of Directive 94/62/EC on the functioning of the Internal Market.  From 1998 to 2006 he was also Packaging Consultant to CEN, the European Standards Committee.

David is Vice-President of the Global Product Stewardship Council (GPSC), an association incorporated in New South Wales, Australia, which seeks to provide objective information and analysis on product stewardship and extended producer responsibility (EPR) schemes for packaging and other products.  The GPSC brings together experts from around the world to identify where such schemes would be beneficial and where they would not, and the local factors likely to determine success or failure. 

Gill Bevington (Policy Analyst, Packaging) worked for UNICEF in New York and West Africa and was research assistant to a number of MPs and MEPs before joining Perchards in 1991.

She monitors, analyses and reports on European legislative developments on packaging (and industry response to them) at national and EU level, and has carried out many tailor-made studies for clients on aspects of the packaging legislation in place in various European countries. 

In 2008 she led a study on options for a deposit and refund system for Ireland, should the Government decide to introduce beverage container deposit legislation.  This involved reviewing international best practice and considering how a deposit system might best be designed to suit Irish conditions.

As an expert on the many national waste management initiatives across Europe, she has used her experience of what works or does not work in particular circumstances to contribute to the development of Israel’s new Packaging Management Law and to the preparation of an Industry Waste Management Plan for packaging and paper which South African industry has submitted in response to a request from the government.

Raphael Veit (Policy Analyst, WEEE and Batteries) has worked with Perchards since 1998 and currently manages the WEEE and battery consultancy and information services, producing analytical reports on legislative developments and compliance markets in Europe and helping individual clients with compliance issues.  Prior to joining Perchards, Raphael worked on packaging policy issues at the Thai Ministry of Industry and the Asian Packaging Federation, after starting his career dealing with the 1991 German Packaging Ordinance at skin care company Beiersdorf AG.

Raphael is currently developing information management tools for global extended producer responsibility compliance through his website SagisEPR

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