Recycling Lives Charity
Recycling Lives Charity comprises both a charity and social enterprise.
We were founded in 2008, with an aim of reducing homelessness and reoffending by supporting men and women into stable housing and employment. We later added food redistribution to our model, in partnership with FareShare, to reduce food waste and tackle food poverty.
We always put the best interests of the people and communities we support first
We form trusted partnerships across all sectors to deliver on our aims
We deliver financially-sound programmes that create lasting change
We are entrepreneurial, fast-paced and responsive to change
Our residential facility has been underpinned by the same Six Stage programme since inception, honing its work to further develop its offer over the years. It has developed a reputation for delivering excellent, long-lasting results for individuals through a structured but flexible programme that suits each residents’ needs.
Our offender rehabilitation programme has grown from working in one prison, HMP Kirkham in Lancashire, in 2008 to 11, across the North West and Midlands, by 2018. We are recognised by both publicly funded and charitable bodies in the criminal justice sphere for delivering unrivalled low reoffending rates.
Our food redistribution programme was added in 2015, as a partnership with national food charity FareShare. First delivering meals to just Lancashire, we expanded into Cumbria in 2017 and are trusted by the food industry and charities alike to reduce food waste and efficiently redistribute goods to feed communities.
Meet the team
The Charity is governed by an independent board of unpaid trustees and led by a Chief Executive and senior management team, with a team of 26 staff and 30 volunteers.
Alasdair Jackson, Chief Executive
Alasdair has had a hands-on role in the Charity since day one, developing its offender rehabilitation while working as Operations Director for Recycling Lives Ltd. He moved to the Charity full-time in late 2018, now overseeing day-to-day running and strategic direction of the three programmes. He is also a board member of the Employers Forum for Reducing Reoffending, and a member of the Corbett Network and was recognised for his contributions with the Criminal Justice Champion award by the Howard League in 2019. Alasdair is the proud dad of two children and the reluctant dad of an excitable dog.
Jonathan Taylor, Chairman of Trustees
Jonathan has led the team of trustees since 2011, responsible for the Charity’s financial, legal and operational position as it has grown. Jonathan is a developer by trade, running his own online businesses. He has also been a school governor and has worked as an advisor to other start-up charities. He is a devoted dad-of-three, a dedicated marathon runner and snowboarder.
Rev Canon Brian Mayne, Trustee
Brian has been a long-time supporter of the Charity, first meeting many of its team and beneficiaries in HMP Kirkham, where he was Managing Chaplain. He worked in the prison service for 30 years and was chairman of Broadacres Housing Association for 18 years. He joined the trustees team in 2017, sharing his insights and compassion to advise on personal and pastoral care. He is now retired but remains busy volunteering at HMP Kirkham and in local churches, including as an organist. When he’s not doing this, Fimber the poodle is his priority.
Nicola Whittle, Trustee
Nicola has been a trustee since 2019, volunteering her services after learning about Recycling Lives’ work while her law firm undertook some work for the Charity. She is a Corporate Partner at Brabners law firm, using her expertise and experience to ensure the Charity fulfils all legal and compliance obligations. Nicola is a ‘kitchen disco’ dancer, keen fell walker but only a fair-weather camper.
Charles Jackson, Trustee
Charles was an original founder of both Recycling Lives Ltd and the Charity, with experience in recycling and waste management that spans four decades. A trustee since 2019, Charles adds commercial and governance expertise. As a main board director of British Cycling for 14 years he also represented UK Sport interests internationally. Still a keen cyclist, he regularly rides for pleasure with the occasional long distance 'challenge' ride.
Damien Snape, Trustee
Damien has been a trustee since the charity was founded and has played an integral part in developing the offender rehabilitation programme. He is a qualified transport manager and has worked in the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) recycling industry since 2013, using his knowledge and contacts to support the operations and compliance of the prisons programme. He is best known as the wearer of the snappiest suits in the office.