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  • Andy Bell

    Andy Bell

    Commonwealth Chair

    Andy has 39 years’ experience in financial markets across equity research, sales and management in both developed and emerging markets. He has always had a particular focus on manufacturing sectors and an interest in the benefits of sustainability. Andy has been a top ranked equity analyst and salesperson and has worked for a number of leading global players such as NatWest Securities, Bank of America and, most recently, Credit Suisse.

    He has significant experience in the development and implementation of strategy at both a macro and micro level as well as of change management. He is an inclusive and team-oriented individual who has witnessed first-hand a number of economic cycles with different severity and duration and the structural challenges they pose for leadership teams. Andy has a MA (Hons) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Mansfield College, Oxford University and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment.

  • Paul Smith

    Paul Smith

    Company Member of the Commonwealth Board

    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 Biopolymers 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.

  • Hansi Manning

    Hansi Manning

    Bader family nominated Guardian Trustee

    A family nominated Guardian Trustee, Hansi's grandfather, Ernest Bader, established Scott Bader in 1921. Educated at the same school as her father, Godric Bader, Hansi attended the Quaker boarding school Friends School Saffron Walden. She went on to qualify as an interior designer with BA (hons) at Kingston Polytechnic (now Kingston University).

    Hansi worked as an interior designer living in London for many years and then moved on to do a PGCE in design technology at Middlesex University. Now living in Hertfordshire with her husband and son, Hansi works with her husband in Dental Technology.

  • Richard Tapp

    Richard Tapp

    Guardian Trustee

    Richard is a Solicitor and Chartered Governance Professional, having held group company secretary and group general counsel positions with FTSE-100 and 250 corporates for more than 20 years. He is also the architect of an award-winning legal services business that now forms part of a major international Magic Circle law firm.

    He currently consults with law firms, in-house legal teams, and alternative legal providers on a range of in-house legal, alternative legal services, and legal technology issues. He is a member of the Company Secretaries’ Forum, which acts as an advisory group on governance matters to the Chartered Governance Institute.

    Richard is an experienced trustee and is currently a member of Council and Chair of Audit at the University of Leicester, Chair of the Academy Council at Wrenn School, Wellingborough, and a lay member of Chapter at Peterborough Cathedral. His previous trustee roles include International Lawyers’ Project, the Centre for Tomorrow’s Company, and the British Occupational Health Research Foundation.

  • David Harris

    David Harris

    Internally Elected Director

    David graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry. Before joining Scott Bader in 2015 as a Formulation Chemist he worked in the mining industry in Australia for several years and also worked in South Korea for 2 years. During this time, he conducted in-depth research into the fields of resins, gelcoats, bonding pastes and structural adhesives.

    In 2020, David joined the team of Global Process Owners, supporting both the business and IT to deliver significant process efficiencies across the Scott Bader Group. David shares all values of Scott Bader and the Commonwealth; he is particularly interested in sustainability and the social and environmental impact of Scott Bader. David was elected to the Commonwealth Board in 2017 and elected vice-chair of the Commonwealth board in 2020.

  • David Black

    David Black

    Internally Elected Director

    David has been at Scott Bader UK for six years and is the Quality and IMS Manager, looking after our quality, environmental and health and safety management systems to maintain our ISO, Halal and customer certifications and approvals.

    David trained as an engineer at British Steel before moving into quality and has been a Quality Manager for over 20 years working in the Aerospace, Defence and Automotive industries. Having spent three years as a member of the UK Community Council and being the UK Board representative for the Council, David joined the Commonwealth Board in October 2020 to help ensure the guiding principles are being maintained across the business and to gain a greater understanding of the group and the charitable aspects of the Scott Bader Commonwealth.

  • Agne Bengtsson

    Agne Bengtsson

    Former Employee Guardian Trustee

    Agne graduated in Finance at a local High School in Falkenberg, Sweden. Before joining Scott Bader, he worked as a Shipbroker/Forwarding Agent chartering vessels around Europe for 15 years.

    From 1989 until his retirement in 2018, Agne was an employee of Scott Bader. During this time, he was in charge of Scott Bader Scandinavia as General and Sales Manager. Agne was an integral part of Scott Bader Scandinavia's sales development into Northern Europe including Iceland and the Baltic States, and also a member of the Members Assembly from 2006 to 2009. After his successful period as a Members Assembly representative, Agne was elected, by the European Scott Bader offices, to be their representative on the Group Board from 2009 to 2015. In 2019, Agne was elected to be the Former Employee representative as a Guardian Trustee on the Commonwealth board for three-year term.

  • Ben Penney

    Ben Penney

    Internally Elected Director

    Ben joined Scott Bader in 2016, having previously worked in a sales and marketing role for 4 years after qualifying with a BA (Hons) in Business Studies in 2012.

    Having joined as the Marketing Assistant, he progressed to the role of Group Marketing Manager in 2019 where he continues to lead Scott Bader’s marketing activities globally. In this role Ben led Scott Bader’s Centenary celebrations in 2021 and played a significant role in the Constitution review and relaunch of Scott Bader’s Constitution in 2023. Those projects helped further his knowledge and passion for Scott Bader and particularly the social impact the Commonwealth makes around the world.

    Ben joined the Commonwealth Board to help ensure Scott Bader’s Core Values and Guiding Principles are maintained globally and to utilise his 10+ years of marketing and commercial experience.

  • Gillian Shapiro

    Gillian Shapiro

    Guardian Trustee

    Gillian is a leadership and organisational development coach and consultant, with thirty years of expertise in complex change, diversity and inclusion. She founded Shapiro Consulting Ltd in 2003 with a mission to help build high-performing, relational organisations where people from all backgrounds feel a strong sense of belonging. She has worked with client organisations globally spanning sectors including finance, law, manufacturing, media, science, engineering and technology, NGO/third sector, local and central Government. She joined Scott Bader Commonwealth as an External Guardian Trustee in 2023.

    Previously Gillian led pan-European action research programmes on innovation and engagement at the Centre for Research in Innovation Management. She has worked with the International Labour Organisation on one of the first large scale global diversity and inclusion studies involving low, medium as well as high income economies. Following a business degree, her doctorate research focused on the career development of women working in leadership in the technology sector. She has published and is a regular international speaker on her research work.

    Gilly enjoys and is firmly committed to lifelong learning, personal and professional development. She is a member of the Institute for Applied Behavioural Science (NTL), the Human Systems Dynamics Institute and the Organisational Development Network Europe. She is a graduate and faculty member of the International Gestalt, Organisational Development and Leadership (iGOLD) programme.