Rebecca Burgess

Rebecca Burgess

Company: City to Sea

Job title: Chief executive


Rebecca is CEO of City to Sea, an award-winning not-for-profit organisation campaigning to stop plastic pollution. Their award-winning campaigns are tackling the single-use plastic items found most commonly on our beaches and in our rivers and oceans by providing practical, solutions-focused initiatives and advocating reuse over single-use. By working with communities, corporates and retailers they’re inspiring and empowering everyone to tackle plastic pollution. City to Sea are behind the award-winning Refill campaign, which has prevented 100 million plastic bottles from entering our waste stream and Switch the Stick – a campaign which successfully persuaded all major supermarkets and high street stores to #SwitchTheStick– replacing plastic stemmed cotton buds with paper. Rebecca joined in April 2018 as Head of Partnerships, to manage the growing network of businesses. After a few busy months she was appointed to the board as Commercial Director and naturally stepped into the role as Chief Executive as of December. Prior to City to Sea, Rebecca worked at consultancy Eunomia. It was through working with the European Commission on their Plastic Strategy and specifically providing them with the evidence base for the now passed Single-Use Plastics Directive, that Rebecca felt inspired to do more in the fight against single-use plastic.  Rebecca took the plunge to work freelance in 2016 when she first moved to Bristol, after 10 years living in London shaping purposeful partnerships with a variety of companies and not-for-profits.


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