Synthomer Board

Executive directors

C G MacLean – Chief Executive Officer

Nationality: British
Position and date of appointmentChief Executive Officer since January 2015; member of the Disclosure Committee.
Key appointments: Calum was appointed as a non-executive director of Saudi Basic Industries (SABIC) headquartered in Riyadh in October 2017 and of Clariant Limited, an associated company of SABIC, in October 2018.

Skills and experience: Calum was previously a senior board executive of INEOS and was a founder member of the business in 1998. At INEOS he was executive chairman of INEOS Olefins and Polymers Europe and chairman of Styrolution, INEOS’s joint venture with BASF, and Petroineos Refining, INEOS’s joint venture with PetroChina. Calum had been Chief Executive of a number of its principal business units and actively involved in merger and acquisitions strategy and implementation. Prior to INEOS, he spent six years at Inspec (International Speciality Chemicals), a publicly listed company on the London Stock Exchange that was originally formed through a management buyout of BP Chemicals.

S G Bennett – Chief Financial Officer 

Nationality: British 
Position and date of appointment: Chief Financial Officer since May 2015; member of the Disclosure Committee.
Key appointments: No external appointments. 
Skills and experience: Stephen was previously at INEOS where he had been Chief Financial Officer at Petroineos Refining since 2006. In addition to this role, Stephen had acted as Chief Financial Officer of INEOS Upstream Limited, a start-up oil and gas exploration business, and of INEOS Olefins and Polymers South and INEOS Phenol. He joined Coopers & Lybrand in 1986 and is a qualified chartered accountant. He was at Full Circle Industries plc as company secretary and group controller before moving to PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) in 1997 as a director in transaction services. At PwC, he specialised in public and private equity transactions across a variety of sectors including chemicals.


R Atkinson - Chief Counsel & Company Secretary

Nationality: British 
Position and date of appointment: Company Secretary since 1998; Group Chief Counsel.
Key appointments: No external appointments. 
Skills and experience: Richard qualified as a solicitor in 1988 practising as a corporate lawyer before moving into industry.


Non-executive directors

N A Johnson – Chairman

Nationality: British
Position and date of appointment: Chairman of the Board and the Nomination and Disclosure Committees. Neil joined the Board in 2011 and was appointed Chairman in May 2012.
Key appointments: Neil is Chairman of QinetiQ Group plc and Electra Private Equity plc and the senior independent Non-Executive Director of the Business Growth Fund.
Skills and experience: Neil held senior executive positions at British Aerospace and in the UK motor manufacturing industry before becoming Chief Executive of RAC Holdings from 1995-1999. Neil has considerable experience as an independent non-executive director and public company chairman gained in multiple sectors and geographies.

The Hon. A G Catto - Non-Executive Director 

Nationality: British
Position and date of appointment: Non-Executive Director since 1981. Designated Non-Executive Director to lead workforce engagement. 
Key appointments: Alex is Managing Director of CairnSea Investments Limited, a private investment company, and a Non-Executive Director of several early stage companies that have been backed by CairnSea.
Skills and experience: Prior to the establishment of CairnSea Alex was a Director of Morgan Grenfell & Co and then Lazard Brothers & Co Ltd.


Dato’ Lee Hau Hian - Non-Executive Director 

Nationality: Malaysian
Position and date of appointment: Non-Executive Director since 2002; first joined the board in 1993 and stood down in 2000 to become an Alternate Director.
Key appointments: Hau Hian is a Director of Kuala Lumpur Kepong Bhd and is the President of the Perak Chinese Maternity Association. He also serves as a Director of Yayasan De La Salle.
Skills and experience: Hau Hian is the Managing Director of Batu Kawan Bhd, a listed Malaysian investments holding company, with interests in plantations and chemicals manufacturing. He has experience in organisational transformations, acquisitions, chemical and manufacturing operations.

B W D Connolly - Senior Independent Director

Nationality: British
Position and date of appointment: Independent Non-Executive Director since January 2014; Chair of the Remuneration Committee; member of the Audit, Disclosure and Nomination Committees. Senior Independent Director since April 2015.
Key appointments: Brendan is a Non-Executive Director of Victrex PLC and two private equity backed companies, one of which he chairs.
Skills and experience: Brendan has over 30 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry. Until June 2013 Brendan was a senior executive at Intertek Group plc and had previously been chief executive officer of Moody International (which was acquired by Intertek in 2011). Prior to Moody, he was managing director of Atos Origin UK, and spent more than 25 years of his career with Schlumberger in senior international roles over three continents. Brendan has previous experience as chairman of the remuneration committee of a UK listed company.


Dr J Jansz - Independent Non-Executive Director

Nationality: Dutch
Position and date of appointment: Independent Non-Executive Director since April 2012; member of the Audit and Remuneration Committees.
Key appointments: Just is founder and Managing Director of Expertise Beyond Borders BV, an independent business and technology management consultancy providing services to the global chemical industry. He is Chairman of Econic Technologies Limited and a senior advisor at Natrium Capital Limited.
Skills and experience: Just has over 30 years chemical industry experience at Shell, Basell and LyondellBasell. Until July 2010 Just was president, Technology Business, and a member of the management team of LyondellBasell, overseeing process technology licensing, polyolefin catalysts and new ventures. Just has extensive experience in the polyolefin industry and related value chains, in commercialising innovation and in monetising IP. Just has previous experience as a Non-Executive Director in the USA and as an advisor in Saudi Arabia.

C Johnstone - Independent Non-Executive Director 

Nationality: British
Position and date of appointment: Independent Non-Executive Director since March 2015; Chair of the Audit Committee; member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committees.
Key appointments: Caroline is a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Employee Engagement Committee of Spirax-Sarco Engineering plc, Chair of Reece Group Limited and is a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Shepherd Building Group Limited, a private company which owns Porakabin Limited.
Skills and experience: Caroline has nearly 40 years' experience of working with large global organisations on turnaround, culture change, delivering value from mergers and acquisitions and cost optimisation programmes. She sat on the board of the Assurance practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) as people partner. Caroline is a chartered accountant and a member of the institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. She also provides consulting services to a range of international clients.


H Van Deursen - Independent Non-Executive Director

Nationality: American
Position and date of appointment: Independent Non-Executive Director since September 2018; member of the Audit and Remuneration Committees since 1 March 2019.  
Key appointments: Holly is a Non-Executive Director of Kimball Electronics Inc and Albermarle Corporation and Chair of Capstone Turbine Corporation.
Skills and experience: Until 2005, Holly was Group Vice President, Petrochemicals, at BP. She has worked in the global chemical industry for over 25 years and held senior positions across North America, Europe and Asia. In addition, Holly has 13 years’ experience as a Non-Executive Director in the USA.

C S Dubin - Independent Non-Executive Director 

Nationality: British and American
Position and date of appointment: Independent Non-Executive Director since July 2020; member of the Audit and Remuneration Committees.
Key appointments: Cynthia is a Non-Executive Director and Interim Chair of the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee of the UK Competition and Markets Authority; Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee and member of the Governance Committee of Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises, Inc.; Non-Executive Director and member of the Audit committee of Hurco Companies, Inc. 

Skills and experience: Cynthia has over 35 years’ experience in the power, oil and gas and broader clean energy technology sectors where she held senior finance and business roles.  She was Chief Financial Officer of JKX Oil & Gas plc and prior to that a co-founder and Chief Financial Officer of Canamens, a start-up oil and gas business. Cynthia began her career in the banking industry in New York specializing in advising and lending to large energy projects. From 1993-2005 she held London-based positions with Edison Mission Energy, a premier US owned electric power generator who operated internationally where she became Vice President and Finance Director of their Europe, Middle East and Africa Operations in 1998. 


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