Karen Drinkwater has been elected president of the British Plastics Federation (BPF).
Karen Drinkwater has been elected president of the British Plastics Federation (BPF).

Karen Drinkwater, founding director of molding specialist JSC Rotational Limited, has been elected president of the British Plastics Federation (BPF).

Drinkwater succeeds Martin Althorpe, technical director at Epwin Fenestration Division, who has held the role since 2019.

Karen established JSC Rotational 2004 and the company joined the BPF in 2006. Between 2011 and 2015, she was chairwoman of the BPF’s Rotational Moulders Group and advised the federation at a conference in 2015, which showcased the latest rotational molding designs. Since then Drinkwater has played an active role within the BPF’s council, having been elected vice-president last year. She is now the first female president of the BPF.

‘It is an honour to be elected as president of the BPF,’ said Drinkwater. ‘I hope my broad experience as a director of an SME can help keep the industry suitably focused during a time of unprecedented challenges. The plastics industry needs to keep highlighting how essential it is to society, how it is vital to so many industries, and how it plays a positive role in reducing carbon emissions as the UK strives to meet government-set emissions targets by 2035.’

This story uses material from BFP, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.