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James Cropper board member is named as policy group chair for the confederation of British Industry

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James Cropper, one of the world’s most innovative papermakers, has announced that Isabelle Maddock, who sits on the company board, has been appointed as a Standing Committee Chair for the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).

The CBI speaks on behalf of every sector in the economy and works with government to help businesses embrace and lead change, providing a voice for firms at a regional, national and international level to policymakers. 

Isabelle MaddockIsabelle MaddockIsabelle will chair the influential CBI Economic Growth Board (EGB), one of the CBI’s main member forums that works to drive its economic focus, intelligence and systemic change for the long-term benefit of UK business and society.

One of the focuses for the CBI is to drive collaboration between government and business to achieving a Net-Zero economy – a movement that is of particular relevance for the paper and packaging sector as manufacturers look to use resources more efficiently and keep waste to a minimum.

Speaking about her appointment, Isabelle says: “The drive towards a circular economy presents an opportunity for industry to lead the charge in sustainability. By 2030, the UK will see an acceleration in economic growth, with prosperity spread across every region. We will champion green growth, creating new technologies and jobs that accelerate the race to net-zero. Achieving this ambition requires all UK businesses to play a part.

“It is a privilege to be appointed as Chair of the Economic Growth Board and be in a position to shape the future of business. My experience in UK manufacturing will help me create beneficial change and prosperity for industry and society.”

Isabelle joined James Cropper in 2006 as Group Financial Controller and has served as Chief Financial Officer since August 2014.

Phil Wild, James Cropper CEO, says: “We are incredibly proud that Isabelle has been elected chair of the Economic Growth Board. Her contribution to James Cropper as a member of the leadership team has been instrumental in helping us to drive circular innovation.

“We look forward to supporting her role at the CBI as she helps the organisation to shape and embrace change.”

Isabelle will be speaking at the CBI’s ‘Achieving Net Zero’ conference series taking place in June 2022 at the Science Museum in London. Isabelle will take part in a session entitled ‘Too hard to decarb? Net zero for heavy industry’, on the 7th June at 12:30pm. For more information visit

About James Cropper   

James Cropper is a prestige paper innovator based in the English Lake District, supplying distinct, custom-made paper products to many of the world’s leading luxury brands, art galleries and designers.    

Throughout 176 years of high-quality paper production, the business has been carefully stewarded and nurtured by six generations of the Cropper family and is renowned globally for individual expertise in colour and fibre innovation. 

About James Cropper COLOURFORM™    

Blending technological solutions and innovative design with a growing eco-conscious consumer mind-set, COLOURFORM is a thermoformed, moulded fibre packaging solution, offering a full service direct to brands. 

COLOURFORM is no stranger to innovation. The moulded-fibre packaging company has been born from a group with tremendous heritage, who continually looks to the future with its innovation and progressive thinking. Coupled with the creative capability to go head-to-head in the design stakes with undesirable plastics, COLOURFORM is meeting the needs of complex and high-end design, while blazing a trail for sustainable luxury packaging in the future.   

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