Welcoming Food Waste Expert Helen White to Tetra Tech

Helen White, Associate Director has joined Tetra Tech from WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme), one of the UK’s top environmental charities, bringing with her a wealth of experience and expertise in waste management and sustainability.

Helen White’s career in the environmental sector spans nearly two decades, making her a seasoned professional in the field. Prior to her role at Tetra Tech, Helen served as a Senior Specialist at WRAP, where she played a pivotal role in the organisation’s focus on reduction of household food waste. She provided strategic advice, acting as a key spokesperson, and collaborating with stakeholders to drive initiatives aimed at curbing food waste both in the UK and internationally.

Helen’s career journey is marked by significant accomplishments, including her contribution to reducing household food waste following the success of the BBC’s “Blue Planet II.” Her work involved researching the impact of plastic packaging on reducing fresh produce waste, resulting in calls to retailers to offer more plastic-free produce options. She has presented around the globe working with the likes of the United Nations Environment Programme, received a Ben Heath Award for Outstanding Presentation from CIWM (Chartered Institution of Wastes Management) and came second in the CCW’s ‘Water Table’ for my household’s low water usage. Her work even led her to meet renowned chef and activist Jamie Oliver, a highlight she cherishes.

In her new role at Tetra Tech, Helen White will strengthen our offering to local authorities and expand our portfolio of work in this area. Her strategic thinking and ability to analyse and interpret data will be invaluable assets to us in developing practical, outcome-focused solutions to complex environmental issues for our clients.

Helen White expressed her excitement about joining Tetra Tech, saying:

“I am excited about my new role at Tetra Tech – and getting back to consultancy. I cannot wait to bring my knowledge of household food waste to the business to support councils and waste partnerships to develop solutions that tackle huge environmental problems. A UK household wastes on average the equivalent of eight meals a week. It makes no sense: economically, socially, or environmentally! One key thing I have learned over my time working on reducing household food waste is that the system needs to enable people to change their behavior. You can’t just ask people to behave ‘well’ in a world that makes it difficult for them to do so. It needs to be easy for them to make the right choice.”

Commenting on his team’s most recent hire, Marc Davies, Managing Director for Environment, Sustainability & Planning:

“Welcome, Helen White, to Tetra Tech. Helen’s expertise in household food waste, recycling and sustainability strengthens our team’s commitment to Leading with Science to deliver environmental solutions and will bolster our support to our clients including local authorities. Helen’s national impact and industry voice makes her an invaluable addition to Tetra Tech.”

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