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  • Paul Smith

    Paul Smith

    Non-Executive Chairman

    Paul is a chemistry graduate with more than 40 years’ experience in business leadership and strategic marketing with a number of global corporate players such as Albright & Wilson Ltd, Elementis PLC and Brent International, before becoming active in Private Equity and Venture Capital investment strategy. More recently, he was CEO of Rahu Catalytics, the Catexel Group, specialty chemical technology businesses within the Unilever VC portfolio, delivering profitable exits for investors.

    Alongside his role with Scott Bader, Paul is currently an advisor to Greensphere Capital – a “green technology” investor in renewable energy and land – and an investor/non-executive Director at Marine Bioploymers Limited. With extensive international experience in Europe, North America and Asia, Paul’s primary areas of industry expertise are in commercial strategy and new technology commercialisation.

  • Kevin Matthews

    Kevin Matthews

    Chief Executive Officer

    Kevin has been a director of both public and private companies in the chemical and biotechnology industries, for over 18 years. He was on the board of Elementis plc for nine years during its transformation into a leading speciality chemical company. Sustainability is top of his agenda, having recently led a bio-based polymer business. His earlier career was in multinational chemical companies including, Rhodia SA, Albright & Wilson plc and ICI plc. His commercial experience includes cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and performance materials, with a focus on growth and strategic development.

    Kevin has a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Oxford. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, he is a judge on the Society's Annual Emerging Technologies competition. Kevin is also on the Board of Trustees of the Society of the Chemical Industry. He recently stepped down as a Non-Executive Director of specialty pharmaceutical company Vectura plc, on its sale to Philip Morris International.

  • Neil Miller

    Neil Miller

    Group Chief Financial Officer

    Neil has enjoyed a 26-year career in finance and 16 years as a Finance Director working in a variety of senior leadership roles in large, complex, international businesses including Diageo, Mars and DS Smith. Most recently leading the doubling in size and profitability of the Paper and Recycling divisions of DS Smith.

    Neil has substantial experience working in many international countries, varying business situations and partnering with all areas of a business from Supply Chain and Operations to Sales and R&D. He has a passion for growing businesses with a focus on cash generation and building high performing teams.

    Neil graduated from Southampton University with a degree in Ship Science before qualifying as a Chartered Accountant.

  • Dianne Walker

    Dianne Walker

    Senior Independent Director and Audit Chair

    A graduate in Economics & Financial Management from the University of Sheffield and a Chartered Accountant with 30 years of post-qualification experience. Dianne was formerly part of the senior management team at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Manchester with a broad portfolio of global manufacturing clients and more recently, a trusted advisor to a variety of UK & USA businesses in the private sector.

    An experienced Non-Executive Director, Dianne’s role includes being the Scott Bader Audit Committee Chair, reviewing the integrity of the financial statements as well as internal controls and assurance processes and monitors strategies for dealing with risk. Dianne also plays a prominent role in a number of local voluntary community projects in Helsby, Cheshire, where she lives with her husband and two children. Dianne was a Sunday Times Non-Executive of the Year for 2019.

  • Janet Dawson

    Janet Dawson

    Non-Executive Director

    Janet joined the board as a Non-Executive Director in January 2024 having worked with Scott Bader in a consultancy role for a short period in 2023. She has been appointed as the Chair of the Remuneration Committee of the board. Janet is also a Non-Executive Director at North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust where she is Vice-Chair of the Board and Chair of the People, Culture and Development Committee.

    Janet is Vice-Chair of Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust and Chair of their Quality People Committee. She sits on the Remuneration Committees of both trusts. Until July 2023 Janet was Deputy Chair at Manchester Metropolitan University having joined their board as an Independent Governor in 2015 and chaired the University Remuneration Committee. She also acts as an independent advisor to the Remuneration Committee of Frederic Robinson Limited, a family brewing firm based in Stockport.

    Janet is an Ambassador for Women on Boards and treasurer to her local Parochial Church Council in Staffordshire.

    Janet had a long executive career in compensation and benefits specialising in occupational pensions and is a Fellow of the Pensions Management Institute. Latterly in her career she moved her focus to generalist HR as Group HR Director for Carillion allowing her to extend her career internationally and to champion wider diversity of all kinds in the workforce in the UK, Middle-East and Canada.

  • Sam Boustred

    Sam Boustred

    Elected Member Director & Chair of Group Members Board

    Joining Scott Bader in 2012, Sam started as a Process Operator in the Nereus Polymer Plant at Scott Bader UK. With a natural passion for learning and development he later became Operations Development Coordinator and was responsible for the site’s Training & Assessment Scheme (TAS). This meant ensuring that the standard of training for the operators met the high standards required at Scott Bader. The successful advances in this scheme have meant that TAS is now being rolled out across Scott Bader's manufacturing sites globally.

    Sam has been heavily involved with employee representative positions. First as a UK Community Councillor and UK Board Director, then joining the Members Assembly with an appointment to Chair after 18 months. He is a Member of the Remuneration Committee. As Chair of this body and following a review of the Constitution the Members Assembly is now the Global Members’ Board. Sam is working hard to continue the work of our founder in growing the Employee Ownership movement both domestically and internationally.

  • Jean Marc Ferran

    Jean Marc Ferran

    Elected Member Director

    Jean-Marc joined Scott Bader in 1992. He is a Scott Bader Commonwealth member and a Member of the Audit Committee. For 10 years Jean-Marc worked in Scott Bader's R&D department where he provided technical assistance to customers across Europe, before moving to various roles in operations. He is currently the Operations Director for Scott Bader France.

    He has broad experience across both commercial and operations including; new product development for Scott Bader's composite business, the deployment of new manufacturing processes and the conception of the master development plan for Scott Bader France. Jean-Marc has highly contributed, from design to commissioning with a particular focus on process flow optimisation, to projects such as new warehouses and several state-of-the-art new production units. He has in depth knowledge of the composites market and its customers, especially in areas such as Wind Energy, Marine and Sanitary ware.

    Jean-Marc has a Master’s Degree of Science in Composite Materials from the Bordeaux University.

  • Jeremy Mutter

    Jeremy Mutter

    Group General Counsel & Company Secretary

    Jeremy joined Scott Bader in 2020 as Group General Counsel & Company Secretary. Prior to this he had held a number of positions at listed corporates Carillion plc and Transco plc.

    Jeremy has substantial experience of operating in listed and complex environments, and has specialised in corporate governance, risk and compliance. He is responsible for providing legal and governance advice together with guidance to the Group Board and senior management, as well as leading the Scott Bader legal function.

  • Mike Findlay-Wilson

    Mike Findlay-Wilson

    Chief Transformation Officer

    With a background in Aeronautical Engineering, developed while in the RAF, working on tornado fighter jets, Mike joined us having held several roles as IT Director and Head of Digital over the 24 years since leaving the RAF.

    He has gained significant cross functional business experience in maintenance repair & operations (MRO) organisations and distribution businesses, ranging in size from £300M turnover to over $12B (US).

    Mike joined Scott Bader in July 2020, as the Group IT Manager, he later stepped up and joined the Group Leadership Team in the position of Group CIO.

    In late 2023 Mike agreed to step away from his career in IT and take on a more operational role as the Chief Transformation Officer. In this role he is responsible at Group level for SHE, Global Processes, Supply Chain, Procurement, Logistics, International Trade, Operational Excellence, Capital Projects (Engineering) and Program Management and he is chair of the EESG committee.

    Mike has significant experience of operating in private and listed companies and in large complex US corporations.

  • Bruce Penn

    Bruce Penn

    Elected Member Director

    Bruce holds the role of Sales Manager for the for Middle East region with responsibilities for supply chain for APAC and has been in the Middle East for the past 17 years. His previous role was as Commercial Manager at Scott Bader Pty Limited. He initially joined Scott Bader in 1993 in South Africa progressing through the organisation, eventually moving to Dubai in 2006.

    Bruce has experience in many aspects of Scott Bader including commercial management, supply chain, purchasing and the Customer Service unit, gaining much experience in the products and global markets that the company participates in.