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.
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.
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.
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 and Sam has taken the position of Group Learning & Development Advisor.
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.
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 working as a consultant to deliver clean energy and hydrogen economy solutions.
She also sits on the Business Growth Committee for the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership. Debbie lives with her husband and four children in Warrington, Cheshire.
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.
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. He is a Member of the Audit Committee. 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
Operations Director - Scott Bader France
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.
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.