Andrew Duff

Chairman

Andrew joined the Board as a Non-Executive Director and Deputy Chairman on 1 April 2014 and was appointed Non-Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Nomination Committee on 24 April 2014.

Skills, experience and contribution

Andrew has significant boardroom experience gained from serving as a director and chairman of a number of UK and international companies. This combined with experience in the manufacturing, energy and utilities sectors, enables Andrew to effectively lead the Board and deliver value to shareholders and other stakeholders.

From 2003 until 2009, Andrew was chief executive officer of npower, the successor entity to Innogy plc which in 2000 was demerged from National Power, restructured and then sold to RWE, the German electricity and gas company. He was also a member of the RWE’s executive committee. Before this, he spent 16 years at BP in downstream international markets. Andrew was a non-executive director of Wolseley plc, the international plumbing and building materials company, between 2004 and 2013, where he was also the senior independent director and chairman of the remuneration committee.

Andrew holds a BSc (Honours) degree in Mechanical Engineering and is a fellow of the Energy Institute.

Committee membership

Chairman of the Nomination Committee

External appointments

  • Non-executive chairman of Severn Trent plc (from July 2010) and chairman of the nominations committee and member of the corporate responsibility committee and remuneration committee 
  • Non-executive director of UK Government Investments Ltd (UKGI) (from July 2019). UKGI is responsible for the portfolio of over 20 arm's length bodies and for delivering a range of corporate finance advice to the UK government.
  • Member of the CBI President’s Committee
  • Trustee of Macmillan Cancer Support

Paul Waterman

Chief Executive Officer

Paul was appointed CEO on 8 February 2016.

Paul has a proven track record in developing markets, products and opportunities for creating value, business optimisation and transformation. Paul’s global experience provides the skill set required to deliver the Reignite Growth strategy and provide inspiring leadership.

Prior to joining Elementis, Paul was global CEO of the BP lubricants business in 2013 after having overseen the BP Australia/New Zealand downstream business. In 2010, Paul was country president of BP Australia. Prior to this he was CEO of BP’s global aviation, industrial, marine and energy lubricants businesses (2009 to 2010) and CEO of BP Lubricants Americas (2007 to 2009). He joined BP after it acquired Burmah-Castrol in 2000, having joined the latter in 1994 after roles at Reckitt Benckiser and Kraft Foods. 

Paul holds a BSc degree in Packaging Engineering from Michigan State University and an MBA in Finance and International Business from New York University, Stern School of Business.

Ralph Hewins

Chief Financial Officer

Ralph was appointed CFO-Designate and Executive Director on 12 September 2016 and became the Elementis Group CFO on 1 November 2016.

Ralph is an accomplished CFO who has a strong track record in finance, strategy development and implementation, and M&A which enables him to provide effective financial leadership to underpin the delivery of the Reignite Growth strategy.

Ralph had a 30 year career with BP, where he held a number of significant leadership positions, including roles in financial management, sales and marketing, corporate development, M&A, strategy and planning. In 2010, Ralph was CFO of BP Lubricants and served on the board of Castrol India Limited from 2010 until 2016. 

Ralph holds an MA degree in Modern History and Economics from the University of Oxford and an MBA from INSEAD.

Nick Salmon

Senior Independent Director

Nick was appointed a Non-Executive Director on 20 October 2014 and became Senior Independent Director on 16 December 2014. 

Skills, experience and contribution 

Nick has extensive experience gained from non-executive roles and as an accomplished  executive in specialty chemicals, utility and engineering sectors. He has been responsible for leading several major restructuring projects and negotiating complex acquisitions and disposals which is highly valuable in Board debates. 

Nick was chief executive of Cookson Group plc from July 2004 to December 2012 when Cookson demerged to create two new listed companies, Vesuvius plc and the specialty chemicals company, Alent plc. Nick was formerly executive vice-president of Alstom S.A. and chief executive of Babcock International Group plc. He held other senior management positions at GEC and GEC Alsthom and the China Light and Power Company. Nick served as a non-executive director of United Utilities plc from 2005 to 2014, where he was also senior independent director from 2007 onwards. 

Nick holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. 

Committee membership 

Audit Committee, Nomination Committee and Remuneration Committee 

External appointments 

  • Non-executive director of Interserve plc (from August 2014), chairman of the remuneration committee (June 2018) and member of the audit and nomination committees
  • Non-executive director of Scotia Gas Networks Ltd (from March 2019), one of the UK's largest gas distribution network companies.
  • Independent chairman of South East Water Limited (from April 2015) 

Anne Hyland

Non-executive director, Chairman of the Audit Committee

Anne was appointed a Non-Executive Director on 1 June 2013 and became Chairman of the Audit Committee in August 2013.

Skills, experience and contribution

Anne brings significant financial, internal controls, audit and tax expertise to the Board which enables her to be effective in her role as Audit Committee chair. Anne’s background with global companies enables her to effectively contribute in the context of Elementis’ existing markets and new business opportunities.

Anne is currently CFO of Kymab Group Ltd, a bio-pharmaceutical company funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Prior to her current executive role, she was CFO and company secretary of both BBI Diagnostics Group Ltd and Vectura Groupplc. Previous senior finance positions held include director of corporate finance at, the then FTSE 100, Celltech Group plc, Medeva plc and KPMG. 

Anne holds a degree in Business Studies from Trinity College, Dublin and is a chartered accountant (FCA) and a corporate tax adviser (CTA-AITI).

Committee membership

Chairman of the Audit Committee and member of the Nomination Committee 

External appointments

  • Non-executive director of Clinigen Group plc (from January 2018) and chairman of the audit committee
  • CFO of Kymab Group Ltd (from March 2015)

Steve Good

Non-executive director, Chairman of the Remuneration Committee

Steve was appointed a Non-Executive Director on 20 October 2014 and became Chairman of the Remuneration Committee on 25 April 2017.

Skills, experience and contribution

Steve has strong and relevant international experience in specialty chemicals businesses, manufacturing and diverse industrial markets which enables him to provide guidance and challenge to management. Steve’s involvement with remuneration committees in other organisations enable him to provide judgement and knowledge of topical remuneration matters in his capacity as Remuneration Committee chair.

Steve was chief executive of Low & Bonar plc between September 2009 and September 2014. Prior to that role, he was managing director of its technical textiles division between 2006 and 2009, director of new business between 2005 and 2006, and managing director of its plastics division between 2004 and 2005. Prior to joining Low & Bonar, he spent 10 years with BTP plc (now part of Clariant) in a variety of leadership positions managing international specialty chemicals businesses. Steve served as non-executive director and chairman of the remuneration committee of Cape plc from July 2015 to September 2017 and non-executive director of Anglian Water Services and member of the audit committee, nomination committee and remuneration committee from April 2015 to October 2018.

Steve holds a degree in Economics and Financial Management from Sheffield University. He is a chartered accountant.

Committee membership

Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and member of the Nomination Committee

External appointments

  • Non-executive chairman of Zotefoams plc (non-executive director from October 2014 and chairman from April 2016) and chairman of the nomination committee and member of the remuneration committee
  • Non-executive chairman of Devro plc (from June 2019)
  • Non-executive director of Dialight plc (from June 2018) and member of the nominations committee and remuneration committee
  • Director of Low & Bonar Pension Trustee Ltd (from July 2018)

Sandra Boss

Non-executive Director

Sandra was appointed a Non-Executive Director on 1 February 2017.

Skills, experience and contribution

Sandra brings strategic advisory and corporate finance experience gained as a consultant to complex global companies on transformational change. Her contribution in financial markets alongside risk management in regulated industries provides the Board with valuable insight.

Sandra was a senior partner at McKinsey & Company from 2005 to 2014 (and a partner from 2000), where she specialised in investment banking and risk, and held several senior management positions in the United Kingdom and the United States. At McKinsey, Sandra acted as an adviser to global financial institutions, corporates and public sector bodies on a wide range of strategic, operational and policy issues. Sandra has held other non-executive and advisory appointments with the Institute of International Finance, the McKinsey Master Retirement Trust and the Edith Wharton Restoration.

Sandra has a BA degree in American Studies and Economics from Stanford University and an MBA degree from Harvard Business School.

Committee membership

Audit Committee, Nomination Committee and Remuneration Committee

External appointments

  • External member of the Bank of England’s Prudential Regulation Committee (from September 2014) and an independent member of its RTGS/CHAPS board which oversees the UK’s high value payment system, chair of the RTGS/CHAPS board risk committee and member of the RTGS renewal committee
  •  A non-executive director of Enstar Group Limited (from November 2015), chairman of the risk committee and a member of the compensation and nominating committees

Dorothee Deuring

Non-executive Director

Dorothee was appointed a Non-Executive Director on 1 March 2017.

Skills, experience and contribution

Dorothee provides the Board with valuable insight into the wider European chemicals sector as well as sector specific acquisition expertise. 

Dorothee manages her own corporate advisory consultancy serving a number of European clients in the pharma/biotech sector. She is active in various industry bodies. Her previous executive roles included managing director and head of Corporate Advisory Group (Europe) at UBS in Zurich, head of M&A chemicals and healthcare at a private investment bank in Germany and as a senior executive in the corporate finance department at the Roche Group.

Dorothee holds a master’s degree in Chemistry from the Université Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg and an MBA from INSEAD.

Committee membership

Audit Committee, Nomination Committee and Remuneration Committee

External appointments

  • Non-executive director of the supervisory board of Bilfinger SE (from May 2016) and member of the audit committee
  • Non-executive director of PIQUR Therapeutics AG (from May 2019)
  • Non-executive director of AXPO Holding AG (from March 2017)

Laura Higgins

Company Secretary

Laura joined the Company on 2 January 2018 and became Company Secretary on 31 January 2018. Laura brings extensive company secretarial experience from roles in UK and internationally quoted companies including Sky, Britvic, Betfair, Trinity Mirror, Rio Tinto and Brambles Industries.

Laura holds a degree in Law and Legal Studies with History and a post-graduate diploma in legal practice. Laura is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.