Meet the Team


Andy Barnetson

As Director of Packaging Affairs, Andy co-ordinates the public affairs, environmental and technical issues relating to the UK Corrugated (cardboard) Packaging Industry. These include the promotion of the benefits of packaging to various audiences, as well as an understanding of environmental and food contact legislation.

He works with a wide range of UK Packaging Industry bodies, UK Government and other regulatory departments including the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and British Standards Institute (BSI). He has extensive experience of working with European colleagues, and represents the UK at the European Federation of Corrugated Board Manufacturers (FEFCO) Association Directors’ meetings.He has wide experience of packaging and the environment with over 20 years in various trade association and consultancy roles. He has a degree in Materials Science & Technology from Brunel University and holds post-graduate diplomas in Packaging Technology and in Management Studies.


Andrew Braund

Andrew has worked in the paper industry for over 20 years, having started his career working for Arjo Wiggins. He joined CPI when the industry was in the early stages of change, and he has been influential in moving the UK Paper Industry, from one which was ‘regulation’ led to one that today, has a certain ‘earned’ autonomy.

As an active member of the Paper and Board Industry Advisory Committee, Andrew has been the driving force behind a series of industry strategies which has resulted in significant improvements in health and safety performance.


Neil Fishburne

Neil Fishburne joined CPI in March 2017 as Finance Director and Company Secretary. Neil is a Chartered Accountant with more than 25 years of experience, with the last 13 years spent working for a large, global membership organisation (PADI). In October 2018 he became CPI’s Chief Operating Officer.


Steve Freeman

Steve is CPI Director of Environmental & Energy Affairs. He is also Managing Director of the subsidiary company TMC that manages the sector Climate Change Agreement (CCA) and provides technical support for the European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) to all UK paper mills.

Steve started voluntary work at an early age, taking part in canal restoration projects. He volunteered and later worked for, the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers working with groups of long-term unemployed people in Manchester and Liverpool doing practical conservation work and leading working holidays in the UK and around Europe. He later joined the environmental charity Groundwork working on landscape restoration and forestry projects in the urban fringe. Over the following years Steve progressed to Regional Programmes Manager, managing a portfolio of programmes funded by external sponsors.

He then took a role with industry-funded trade body Alupro, to support the development of recycling for aluminium packaging throughout northern UK, working with traditional collectors, community groups and local authorities.

Prior to joining CPI, Steve was employed by Exeter City Council to develop and manage an in-house integrated recycling programme, including kerbside collections for all households in the city with sorting carried out at the City Council owned MRF.


Nick Langdon

Nick joined the Paper Federation’s Statistics Department in September 1994 and became CPI’s Statistics Manager in 2006. Nick handles all of CPI’s data gathering and management activities bar energy.


Andrew Large

Andrew is the Director General of the Confederation of Paper Industries, a position he has held since August 2016. Earlier in his career, he has held leadership roles in trade associations covering the construction, industrial cleaning and food industries. A long term advocate of the role of trade associations in civil society, Andrew served on the Steering Committee of the Trade Association Forum from 2004 to 2011, and was its chairman from 2008 to 2011.


David Morgan

David Morgan has been CPI’s Energy Data manager since 2012. David re-joined the team having left in 2010 after working as Head of Regulatory Affairs for five years.

David holds a degree in chemical engineering and is a Chartered Engineer (CEng MIChemE). He started his career at the UK Atomic Energy Authority and then spent six years with Esso UK in process engineering and planning roles at the Fawley refinery followed by five years at Fina plc as their UK Refining and Marine Operations Manager. A three year secondment to the Department of Trade and Industry as Head, Downstream Oil was followed by two years at the Energy Saving Trust as a Programme Manager working on various clean fuel vehicles projects.

David has also worked as an energy consultant and is experienced in many energy-related matters.


Emma Punchard

Emma was employed by the Paper Federation in 1988 as Manager of the Pulp and Paper Information Centre. When CPI was formed in 2000, she was appointed Head of Communications. As well as overseeing the internal and external communications for CPI, she is also responsible for the CPI and the PaperWorks websites.

Prior to that, Emma worked for Shearwater Public Relations on accounts for the Pizza and Pasta Association and the British Sandwich Association.


Paul has been employed as Head of Employment Affairs since 2006.Paul has been instrumental in providing Members with comprehensive advice and guidance on a range of HR topics, from conditions of service and employment law, to dispute resolution and mediation. He also provides advice on industry-specific issues such as annual hours systems, working time and working patterns, policies and procedures.Paul has expertise working with the recognised unions, in particular successfully negotiating reasonable pay settlements on behalf of Members, and to maintain stable industrial relations within the industry.

Debbie Stringer

Debbie joined CPI as Environment Manager in 2010. She is a graduate in Paper Technology with over 20 years’ experience working in paper mills. In the past she was employed with Abitibi Bowater at its Bridgewater Mill in technical and environmental roles which included Technical Superintendent, Environmental Coordinator and Senior Technologist.Debbie has expertise in mill-related environmental issues and regulatory compliance. In particular, Debbie has played a key role in advising CPI Members on issues such as the revised Pulp & Paper BREF and Environmental Permit reviews.Her specialties include Environment & Quality Management Systems and auditing, resource efficiency, Environmental Permitting application and compliance, as well as liaison with regulatory bodies.


Simon Weston

Simon joined CPI in 2015 with 20 years’ experience of working in the Paper Industry. He joined the senior management team of the Smurfit Kappa SSK paper mill in 1995 as Managing Director of the raw material procurement arm Midlands Paper Recycling, before moving to a similar role at the solid board box maker, Kappa Corby in 2000. In 2005 he was asked to lead the newly consolidated Smurfit Kappa Recycling, where he has worked until recently.Before joining the industry he worked in a variety of roles in the City of London, the Defence Industry and as a military officer. He holds degrees from the Universities of Oxford, Birmingham and Wolverhampton, and is a member of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management.Simon was appointed to Defra’s Advisory Committee for Packaging (ACP) in 2015 and more recently to chair Zero Waste Scotland’s flagship Circular Economy Investment Fund.


Leonie Williams

Leonie has worked for CPI since May 2013, working as our Office and Accounts Manager. Having studied to AAT qualification, Leonie brings 20 years of accounting knowledge established in various sectors.