Plastic Sack Panel
Recently Retired Chairman of Polaris
Now Consultant / Mentor
He has been in the polythene industry for over 38 years. He started Polaris Plastics approaching 30 years ago; the company produces refuse sacks, bin liners, food bags and allied products.
Polaris has grown into a vibrant and very significant player in the market. Its specialist areas are Janitorial, Hygiene and Catering, including food processing.
He is a Vice President of the CHSA and currently Treasurer, having previously served as Chairman.
He has three sons and five grandchildren.
Chairman CHSA Accreditation Schemes
A CHSA member since early 1978, Council Member and Treasurer, from the early 1980s until 2008, he currently attends Council Meetings in his capacity as Vice President.
In the mid 1990s he was instrumental in the development of the first of the Manufacturing Accreditation Schemes, for Soft Tissue. It was followed by Schemes for Plastic Sacks and Mops. At the request of the Chairman he stepped back into the Schemes in early 2013, which has resulted in an improved system of management, auditing and reporting.
Managing Director at Cromwell Polythene
James has been in the polythene business since leaving school in 1979, originally joining the family sack and bag merchanting business, later, diversifying into polythene recycling and film extrusion for conversion to refuse sacks. In 1983, he founded Cromwell Polythene Ltd., to focus on the supply of waste and recycling sacks to local authorities, waste management, and the cleaning and janitorial sectors. His passion for the polythene industry coupled with a lifelong interest in the environment are the main drivers which ensure Cromwell Polythene’s continued commitment to supplying fit-for-purpose products, made from recycled materials using latest manufacturing technologies for maximum environmental benefit and low carbon footprint. James has been a member of CIWM since 1983, a Chartered Waste Manager since 2014, and is an active member of the CHSA, SMDSA and BPF. Other interests include cycling, sailing, hill walking, and music.
Managing Director at Polaris
Polaris is a trading division of IG Design Group plc. As part of a large diverse group of companies we utilise the economies of scale that a large company has, ensuring costs are minimized, remaining competitive in the market. Polaris Plastics has specialised in the supply of refuse sacks and bin liners for use in the away from home market for nearly 30 years.
Paul has been MD since 2016 and in the Away from Home Market for over 20 years. He has been married for over 25 years, has two children and is a foster carer with wife Jo.
Polaris are founder members of the Plastic Refuse Sack Scheme and are proud to only sell CHSA accredited product that fall under the standard. This truly promotes that what’s on the box is in the box and gives the guarantee of performance.
Peter is married to Tracy, (she is an HR professional). They spend their time with their dog, Phabion, on long walks exploring Wales, where they live, and Devon, their second home.
After 30+ years with Bunzl catering supplies as a Branch manager and sales manager he downsized but still enjoys passing on his experience; he and Tracy have plenty of knowledge and practice to assist small companies grow.
National Accounts Director Cromwell Polythene
Paul has spent his entire career in sales.
He joined Cromwell Polythene in May 1998, since when he has risen through its ranks, taking on various roles including sales administrator, field sales and sales manager, before his current appointment, where he is responsible for Cromwell’s top customers.
Paul has been instrumental in the dramatic growth of the company’s janitorial division, along with a major expansion of its waste management and cleaning products portfolio.
Married, with five grown up children (and three dogs) he lives in Harrogate, North Yorkshire where his interests outside work include cycling.
Director of A&S Manuel Limited
Andrew took the helm at A&S Manuel in 2005, inheriting a family business going back four generations. He leads a company that prides itself on a consistent professional approach to both customers and suppliers that has established A&S Manuel as the fastest growing industrial packaging company in the UK.
Andrew’s innovative work practice, propensity to embrace an opportunity and attention to detail has earned him an enviable reputation as a leading business figure in the industry. Whilst the company has grown significantly year on year since 2005, Andrew and his admin and sales colleagues continually promote a bespoke and personal level of service to a growing customer base and are always seeking methods to improve best practice across the business to encourage on-going customer loyalty.
Commercial Director, BPI Recycled Products
Lorcan started work with Bpi in 1990 ands since worked in a variety of roles, beginning in a technical role for the company’s agricultural and horticultural products that took him as far afield as Morocco.
He moved into a commercial role looking after customers in the north east of England and then coordinating sales in the local authority and NHS sectors.
He has been in his current position for five years and has responsibility for all Bpi’s refuse sack sacks in the UK, Ireland and Europe.
Director (Sales), PMC Polythene Ltd
Martyn has worked in the polythene industry for nearly 30 years, being the ‘M’ in PMC, the company he started in 1989 with Colin George and Peter Garret.
A CHSA Manufacturing Standards Accreditation Scheme Panel member since the inception of the Scheme for Plastic Refuse Sacks, he regularly attends the meetings.
Today most of his working life is spent talking to customers, both new and existing.
Outside work he is an active Freemason and keen motorcyclist, and enjoys spending time with his four children and walking the dog!
Head of Customer Sales, Polyco Healthline
Brigid has been in the polythene industry for 20 years. She joined HPC in 2005 to help develop the Polythene Range and head up the UK sales team.
A founder member of the CHSA, HPC has been involved in the production and distribution of polythene aprons and refuse sacks since the early 1970s.
HPC recently merged with BMPolyco making the newly formed PolycoHealthline, a major player in the Disposable and Reusable Glove market as well as Polythene Products and Disposable Workwear.
National Account Sales Director, Europackaging
Stephen has been with Europackaging for 16 years, beginning as a Category Manager at Ridley Quiney and moving into the sales and commercial field in 2004.
As Category Manager he has been heavily involved in developing products with the company’s R&D and procurement teams.
He became Sales Director at EPUK Redistribution in 2009 and is now the National Account Sales Director.
He was a founding member of the CHSA refuse sack scheme.