STEVE FOOTS, Industry co-Chair Chief Executive, Croda International plc

Steve joined Croda as a graduate trainee in 1990 and has held a number of senior management positions in the Group, becoming President of Croda Europe in July 2010. Prior to this, Steve held a number of Managing Director roles across Croda’s European business. He was appointed to the Board of Croda in July 2010 and became Group Chief Executive at the beginning of 2012. Steve is Chairman of the Group Executive Committee and Finance Committee, and a member of the Nomination Committee.

RICHARD HARRINGTON MP, Government co-Chair, Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry

 His business career started with the John Lewis Partnership and he eventually ran a business, which at its peak had 2,000 employees in 7 countries. Responsibilities include:

  • Industrial Strategy and its delivery
  • Sector Deals
  • Areospace
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Materials
  • Including steel
  • Automative
  • Nuclear
  • Infrastructure and construction
  • Professional Services
  • Supply chains

PAUL BOOTH OBE, Chair of Tees Valley Local Enterprise Partnership

Paul Booth worked in the chemical industry for over 40 years. Born on Teesside, he started his career as an apprentice with ICI and retired in 2016 as the Chairman of SABIC UK Petrochemicals as well as its European Director for Government Policy and Public Affairs.

He was a member of the CIA Council and is, ex-Chairman of the North East Process Industry Cluster. Paul is one of the industrialists on the UK Chemistry Growth Partnership, and a Board Member for Plastics Europe North.

He sits on the Board of Governors for Teesside University and was previously a member of Redcar and Cleveland Technical College, NSAPI (National Skills Academy) and the TTE Training School. Mr Booth also is Honorary President for SCI (Society of Chemical Industry) in the UK.

RICHARD CARTER, Managing Director UK and Ireland, BASF

 Richard John Carter is the Managing Director of BASF in the UK & Ireland. 

He was born in Yorkshire and studied Economic and Business Administration at the Manchester Business School, UK,  Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden and Middlesex University, UK.

Richard has enjoyed a long career with BASF and has worked in Germany, Malaysia, Portugal and the USA and has held several positions including Global Procurement, Sales & Marketing and Managing Director of BASF Portuguesa.  Prior to his current role he was Vice President for Global Key Account Management Europe.  He has held the position of Managing Director BASF UK & Ireland since January 2016 and is responsible for developing the business as well as building relationships with key stakeholders, trade associations and Government departments.

STEPHEN DONNELLY, Leader of the Chemical Industry Future Forum

TOM CROTTY – Director, INEOS Group

Tom is a Director of INEOS with responsibility for Corporate Affairs and Communications and the development of INEOS business in new territories. Following a 20 year career with ICI, he came into INEOS in January 2001 as CEO of INEOS Fluor. He subsequently became CEO of INEOS ChlorVinyls and then INEOS Olefins & Polymers Europe.

Tom is a Board member of CEFIC, past President of the European Petrochemicals Association (EPCA), Vice President of Plastics Europe, Chairman of Cogent, the UK Sector Skills Council for the Process Industries and sits on the UK’s CBI Climate Change Board. He is married with three children and his interests include golf, rugby and music.

CALUM MACLEAN, Chief Executive of Synthomer plc

Graduated in Chemistry from Aberdeen University.  25 years in the Chemical Industry with BP, INSPEC , INEOS and Synthomer. CEO of Synthomer since January 2015 following 16 Years with INEOS Married with 4 children the two oldest of which studying Chemistry at University of Sussex and Bath. 

ROBERT MACLEOD, Chief Executive Johnson Matthey plc

Robert MacLeod Chief Executive; joined Johnson Matthey in 2009 as Group Finance Director and appointed Chief Executive in June 2014. Previously he was Group Finance Director of WS Atkins plc and worked in a variety of senior financial roles at Enterprise Oil plc. He is currently a non-executive director of Aggreko plc and is a Chartered Accountant.

HARRY SWAN - Managing Director, Thomas Swan & Co. Ltd.

Harry graduated from Durham University with a degree in Plant Sciences in 1998 and started working life as the Scientific Affairs Manager in the London Office of Monsanto Plc. He subsequently worked for two years at Regester Larkin Ltd., a London-based consultancy, as a specialist public relations consultant providing technical and scientific advice to major international companies on crisis and reputation risk management.

Harry joined Thomas Swan & Co. Ltd. in 2002 to launch the new Carbon Nanomaterials Business. In April 2006 he took up the position of Managing Director. As the great grandson of the founder, ‘Tommy’ Swan, he is the 4th generation of the Swan family to work at the company.

Harry is also a Non-Executive Director and Council Member of the UK Chemical Industries Association and sits on the recently established Chemistry Growth Partnership steering committee with specific responsibility for the supply chain sub-theme.

In January 2015 Harry was appointed to the Board of Innovate UK (previously known as the Technology Strategy Board) as a Non-Executive Director. Established by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Innovate UK is the UK’s innovation agency with a remit to accelerate UK economic growth by stimulating and supporting business-led innovation. It invests over £500M per year into UK innovation.

Harry has recently been appointed as the 2016 David Goldman Visiting Professor of Innovation and Enterprise at Newcastle University.

In 2014 Harry was appointed Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Industry Education Collaboration (CIEC). CIEC aims to create and sustain links between schools and industry to inspire the next generation of children.

Between January 2011 and June 2014 Harry was a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Cella Energy Ltd., a hydrogen storage spin-out from the Science and Technology Facilities Council at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratories, to which Thomas Swan & Co. Ltd. provided seed funding in January 2011.

Between August 2013 and July 2015 Harry was a Trustee of the Society of Chemical Industry (SCI).

Harry is married with four boys and lives near Barnard Castle in County Durham in the North East of England.

DAVE TUDOR, VP Primary Pharma Operations, GlaxoSmithKline

Dave has over 19 years’ experience with GlaxoSmithKline, having joined the company in 1992 at the Worthing site. He is PhD qualified in Synthetic Organic Chemistry from Glasgow University and holds an MSt in manufacturing leadership from Cambridge University. He has held numerous positions within GSK including two years as Director of the Montrose Site prior to, in January 2011, becoming Vice President of Primary Pharma Operations. Dave won the Scottish Government Award for Leadership in Life Sciences in February 2011.

Dr TONY W BASTOCK OBE - Chairman Contract Chemicals Limited

In addition to Group MD of Contract Chemicals, Tony is also a non-executive director of Robinson Brothers Ltd., an advisor to Solvay/Rhodia and a Past-President of the Chemical Industries Association (2001 – 2003).

He is the current Chair of the Assembly of Business Members (ABM) in Cefic (European trade association for the Chemicals Industry) elected in October 2005 and re-elected 2008 and 2010.

Educated at the University of Birmingham, his first degree in Pure Chemistry was followed by a PhD degree in Aromatic Fluorine Chemistry. Tony was awarded the OBE in 1998 for services to the Chemical Industry.

DR FIONA S WILLIAMS, R&D Director, Procter & Gamble Technical Centres Ltd.

Fiona is the R&D leader for P&G’s pan-European Connect & Develop programme, partnering with academia, institutes and suppliers to develop new science and engineering insights to drive innovation for P&G’s Fast Moving Consumer Goods business. She holds responsibility in P&G’s Fabric & Home Care Sector for Measurement and Digital Data Sciences and Modelling Capability.

Fiona has a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Sheffield University and has 30 years industry experience, starting off in Pharmaceuticals then moving to P&G where she has worked in various product development roles in UK, USA and Germany.

MARK WILLIAMS, Vice President Europe, SABIC

Mark is SABIC’s Vice President Europe.

The focus of his current role is creating a sustainable and competitive environment for the European Petrochemicals Industry and the development of talent to achieve this. He has extensive manufacturing experience and has previously been responsible for SABIC’s Manufacturing and Strategic planning in Europe focused on transforming the competitive performance in safety, reliability, productivity and cost to achieve best quartile performance.

Mark serves on the boards of the CIA, CEFIC and Plastics Europe and is a graduate of the London Business School General Management Development Programme.


Steve Fletcher, Industrial Biotechnology, Knowledge Transfer Network

Steve is the Head of Chemistry and Industrial Biotechnology at the Knowledge Transfer Network. He is a chemist by training with a degree and PhD from Imperial College. Steve spent more than 25 years in ICI in a variety of research and management roles before joining the Knowledge Transfer Network in 2006. In his current role Steve aims to help UK industry become globally competitive through promoting collaboration and innovation in the chemistry using sectors, and provides particular support to the CGP’s Accelerating Innovation theme.

Steve Elliott, Chief Executive, Chemical Industries Association

Steve Elliott joined the Chemical Industries Association in 1997, spending four and half years as Head, International Trade with additional responsibility for Sustainable Development.  In April 2002, he was promoted to the position of Director, Trade & Competitiveness and subsequently Director, Business Environment.   Steve was appointed Chief Executive of the CIA in February 2006.

Steve possesses a First class BA (Hons) degree from Nottingham Trent University, and is an Associate Fellow of the IChemE.  Prior to his career with CIA, he spent fifteen years working with the DTI, a South African trade advisory body and Crown Agents as an international trade policy and promotion specialist, as well as in general consultancy with Price Waterhouse.

Steve currently sits on the Board of the Involvement and Participation Association (an employee relations think-tank), is a member of the Process Safety Management Competence Board and is involved with a number of committees within Cefic (the European Chemical Industry Council).  Former roles include President of the European Chemical Employers Group and Chair of the Energy Intensive Users’ Group – a position he will take up again from September 2017.

Married with two children, Steve is Governor of the local primary school, manager of a local youth football team and a supporter of Manchester City Football Club.  

Joint Secretaries

Chong-Phi Vong – Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Simon Marsh, Employment and Communications Director, Chemical Industries Association