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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.

  • Matthew Collins

    Matthew Collins

    Group Chief Financial Officer

    Matthew joined Scott Bader in June 2018 as Group Chief Financial Officer. Prior to this Matthew held numerous regional CFO roles with Orica Ltd, an Australian listed Global Mining Services business and Sygenta Crop Protection, a global leader in the Agrochemicals industry, 14 years of which were spent living in Australia and Singapore.

    Matthew has driven significant improvements in business performance, processes and controls throughout his career, and has implemented critical change management programs including process improvement, system implementations and process outsourcing. Matthew is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and has a BA(Hons) in Accounting and Finance.

  • Dianne Walker

    Dianne Walker

    Senior Independent Director

    A graduate in Economics & Financial Management from the University of Sheffield and a Chartered Accountant with 30 years of post-qualification experience. Diane 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.

  • Debbie Baker

    Debbie Baker

    Non-Executive Director

    Debbie is a graduate in History of Art and Architecture from the Queen Mary, University of London and a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development with over 20 years of post-qualification experience.

    With experience of a wide variety of roles in the energy and chemical industry over the last 20 years, and has a background in HR, sustainability management and public affairs. She is currently also Public Affairs Director at CF Fertilisers.
    She sits on the Council of the Chemical Industries Association and on the Business Growth Committee for the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership. Debbie lives with her husband and four children in Warrington, Cheshire.

  • Julie Thorburn

    Julie Thorburn

    Group HR Director

    Joining Scott Bader in September 2019 as Group HR Director, Julie has held a variety of HR Director roles in the manufacturing, engineering, construction and chemical industries over the past 20 years. She has worked for large multi-national organisations as well as SME’s with responsibility for HR teams in the UK & EIRE, Benelux as well as globally.

    Julie holds a BA (Hons) Degree in Business Studies and a Master of Business Administration. She is also a member of the UK Association of MBA’s.
    In addition to her HR experience, Julie has served as Chair of Trustees of numerous pension schemes.

  • Steven Brown

    Steven Brown

    New Technology Development Manager

    Steven joined Scott Bader in 2007 as a polymer chemist following a chemisry degree & PhD at Strathclyde University and a 2-year research fellowship at the University of Leeds. During his time at Scott Bader, he has worked on, and contributed towards, research projects spanning adhesives, composites, and functional polymers. In his current role, Steven leads the group effort in the development of new sustainable chemistry platforms to embed circularity into our products and enable us to achieve our 2036 vision.

    External to Scott Bader, Steven is Sustainability Director of CompositesUK and Chairs their sustainable composites group. In this role he helps steer the composites industry towards a more socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable future.

  • David Rossouw

    David Rossouw

    Regional Chief Financial Officer Middle East, Africa and Asia, and Site Director Dubai

    David holds the role of Regional Chief Financial Officer for Middle East, Africa and Asia, and Site Director responsible for the Dubai manufacturing site. Previous roles are the Finance Director for Scott Bader Middle East Ltd, and Finance Director of Scott Bader Pty Limited. He Initially joined Scott Bader in 1994 as the management accountant in South Africa progressing through the organisation.

    David has experience in many aspects of Scott Bader including financial management, manufacturing operations, supply chain, logistics, purchasing and the Customer Service unit, gaining much experience in the products and markets that the company participates in.

  • Jean Marc Ferran

    Jean Marc Ferran

    Operations Director - Scott Bader France

    Jean-Marc joined Scott Bader in 1992. He is a Scott Bader Commonwealth member. 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.

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