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Our commonwealth board

  • Robert Gibson

    Robert Gibson

    Commonwealth Chairman

    Robert Gibson’s career included a formative period in the Co-operative Movement in Training and HR management followed by many years working in the chemical sector for ICI plc in colleague engagement, organisational development and quality improvement. Latterly he ran consulting businesses specialising in individual, team and organisational performance improvement. Robert is a committed Quaker and passionate about Scott Bader’s unique position in the world of business.

    Retired now, Robert serves on several boards as trustee and non executive director. These include the Quaker United Nations Office (Geneva); the Sir James Reckitt Charity and The Penn Club In Bloomsbury. He’s father of three daughters and grandfather to eight. He’s passionate about the Arts and is in demand as a jazz drummer.

  • 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.

    In the recent past, Paul was CEO of first Rahu Catalytics, then the Catexel group of companies, specialty chemical technology businesses within the Unilever VC portfolio, delivering profitable exits for investors. He is currently Executive Chairman of Duranta Energy, a waste-to-energy company in the North East of the UK.

    He has extensive international experience in Europe, North America and Asia, and lived and worked in Germany for 4 years. Paul is a German speaker. His primary areas of industry expertise are in commercial strategy and new technology commercialisation.

  • David Harris

    David Harris

    Global Process Owner

    David graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry. Before joining Scott Bader he worked in the mining industry in Australia for several years and also worked in South Korea for 2 years.

    David joined Scott Bader in 2015 as a Formulation Chemist. 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 the 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.

  • 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.

  • Jessica Clark

    Jessica Clark

    Group Reporting Analyst

    Jess joined Scott Bader in 2014 as a cost accounting apprentice. Since then she has been involved in various roles within the finance function mainly in the UK, but she also spent time working at Scott Bader Middle East site in Dubai.

    Since 2018, Jess has managed the UK Credit Control department based at Scott Bader UK in Wollaston, before transferring over to Group Finance this year (2020) to become Group Reporting Analyst.

    After 6 years at Scott Bader, she wanted to get more involved with Scott Bader’s unique governance structure and how the company is run. Jess is a new member of the Commonwealth board, joining in June 2020.

  • David Black

    David Black

    Quality and IMS Manager, Scott Bader UK

    David has been at Scott Bader UK for six years. David 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 3 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 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.

    Agne was 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 3 year term.

  • Andy Bell

    Andy Bell

    Guardian Trustee

    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.

    Andy 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.