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Peter Laybourn

Non-Executive Chairman

Peter is the founder of International Synergies and devised the company’s flagship project, the National Industrial Symbiosis Programme (NISP) and has since helped to see similar projects established in over 40 countries around the world. Peter graduated with a degree in Economics and Ecology from the University of Southampton and spent 18 years in the aerospace manufacturing industry as contracts and commercial manager at GEC Marconi, Smiths Industries and Meggitt Aviation & Marine before completing a second degree in Marine Environmental Management.

He established the Business Council for Sustainable Development-UK in 2002 and held the position of Deputy Chief Executive for four years before leaving to establish International Synergies. Peter continues to be a strong advocate of the benefits of industrial ecology and symbiosis around the world. Peter was the sustainability leader of the year in 2013/14 and is often asked to be a keynote speaker on industrial symbiosis and the circular economy. He has provided expert evidence to many bodies including the House of Lords, House of Commons and European Commission; leading to the inclusion of industrial symbiosis in a number of policies and to the G7 making industrial symbiosis the first themed workshop under the new ‘Alliance on Resource Efficiency’.

Most recently, Peter has joined the UK Manufacturing Symbiosis Network Plus (UKMSN+) as Chair of their advisory board.