George Monck (Chief Executive) is passionate about obliterating litter. George thinks that it was being involved in clearing up litter from an early age that gave him such a determination to solve the litter problem. As well as devoting a lot of his time to keeping his local environment on the Severn Estuary clean, George has picked up litter in many places around the UK, travelling as far horizontally as the Shetland Isles and as far vertically as the top of Ben Nevis to do so. Before starting CleanupUK, George was a management consultant and manager. The most unusual pieces of litter George has found are the combination of the front end of a canoe and a deep freeze, within yards of each other on the banks of the Severn. He still wonders if they were in some way connected…
Emma Harrington (Volunteer Coordinator, Beautiful Boroughs Project) has lived and worked in East London for 15 years. Her experience is a bit of a mix – from cleaning up canals in East London to woodland clearance in Croydon. Emma would love to see more people taking care and having concern for where they live. The weirdest litter she has found is nappies ! She thinks it most disgusting and disturbing that people think they can just leave these in public spaces and that it is amazing that people don’t dispose of their rubbish properly. If she had a wish, she’d like to see harsher fines brought in for dropping chewing gum on the pavement.
Jan Swann (Fundraiser) has worked as a manager, fundraiser and organisational development consultant for over 20 years, helping charities, social enterprises and small businesses plan and implement effective strategies for development and sustainability. Throughout her career Jan has raised significant amounts from trusts, companies and public sector sources for a range of organisations in the arts, community development, education & training, social welfare and children & young people’s sectors. She enjoys working with individuals to enable them to make significant contributions to the robustness of their organisations and communities.
Jan is convinced that keeping the environment free from litter not only shows care for the environment but also engenders respect between individuals. Having spent time in Finland, both working and with friends, she has been impressed by the lack of litter in the cities as well as the surrounding countryside and believes there is no reason for the UK not to be the same. The strangest piece of litter she has found was a broken vinyl single by Julio Iglesias! Her main thought was that if it hadn’t been snapped in two she might have been able to sell it and donate the money to CleanupUK….