Professor Jan Gronow PhD BA FMinSoc MCIWEM (b. 1945) was Visiting Professor in Waste Policy at the Centre for Environmental Policy at Imperial College London from 2005. She is a geochemist and joined the Department of the Environment’s Waste Technical Division in 1988 and then joined the Environment Agency on its formation in 1996. She managed the Government’s waste research programme over a period of 17 years and provided technical advice on waste and resource management to policy colleagues in Defra and its predecessors and in the Environment Agency over that time. She was a member of the UK team that negotiated waste-related legislation in Europe for 15 years. She chaired the EU Technical Advisory Committee that developed the Landfill Directive waste acceptance criteria between 2001 and 2002. Jan has been an independent consultant since 2005. She was a strategic advisor to Defra’s Waste Evidence Team from 2006 to 2012. She was co-author of Defra’s Waste and Resources Evidence Strategy, 2007-2011, drafted to assist with the implementation of the Waste Strategy for England, 2007. She has been a Member of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Peer Review College since 2006.