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The Board consists of three directors, each with extensive chemicals, financial and/or public company experience.

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Adrian is an experienced chief executive with 35 years of industrial and international business experience. He recently spent eight years at Synthomer plc (previously called Yule Catto & Co plc), the FTSE 250 specialty polymer operator, where he successfully implemented a turnaround and growth strategy. Synthomer is a global manufacturer of specialty polymers for the coatings, construction, textiles, paper and healthcare industries.

Adrian was appointed chief executive officer of Synthomer in 2006 and led the transformation of a traditional chemical conglomerate into a segment-leading specialty polymer chemical business. In doing so, he grew revenue from £340 million to nearly £1 billion, while also improving profit before tax margins from 5.7 per cent. to 8.7 per cent. During Adrian’s tenure, Synthomer’s market capitalisation increased 13 times from turnaround lows.

As part of the transformation of Synthomer, Adrian led a number of successful non-core disposals and strategic acquisitions, including the acquisition and integration of PolymerLatex, a major competitor of Synthomer, in 2010 for £376 million, extracting annual cost synergies of over £20 million per year. In recognition of his efforts, he was awarded Turnaround of the Year at the 2011 UK PLC Awards.

Prior to his role at Synthomer, Adrian was a divisional chief executive at DS Smith, a manufacturer of paper and packaging products, for seven years. There he set-up a new plastics division, growing its turnover to £200 million organically and through the acquisition of six international businesses.

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Mark Brangstrup Watts founded Marwyn, the asset management and corporate finance group, in 2002 with James Corsellis. Mark is joint Managing Partner of Marwyn Capital, an FCA regulated provider of corporate finance advice, and Marwyn Asset Management, a regulated, Jersey-based provider of asset management services. Mark is also a trustee of the Marwyn Trust, a charity focused on initiatives supporting education and entrepreneurship for young people in disadvantaged communities.

Marwyn has launched 16 companies across a variety of sectors with Mark providing support to these companies, using his experience of working on the boards of several Official List and AIM quoted companies, including Entertainment One Limited, Advanced Computer Software plc, Inspicio plc and Talarius plc. Mark has also provided strategic consultancy services to some of the world’s leading companies including Ford, Toyota, Shell and Barclays. Mark was educated at the London University and he serves on the Committee of the Royal Academy School.

It is currently intended that, following completion of the Company’s Platform Acquisition, Mark will adopt a non-executive role.

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James Corsellis founded Marwyn, the asset management and corporate finance group, in 2002 with Mark Brangstrup Watts. James is joint Managing Partner of Marwyn Capital, an FCA regulated provider of corporate finance advice, and Marwyn Asset Management, a regulated, Jersey-based provider of asset management services. James is also a trustee of the Marwyn Trust, a charity focused on initiatives supporting education and entrepreneurship for young people in disadvantaged communities.

Marwyn has launched 16 companies across a variety of sectors with James providing support to these companies, using his experience of working on the boards of several Official List and AIM quoted companies, including as Chairman of Entertainment One Limited and as a director of Breedon Aggregates Limited, Concateno plc and Catalina Holdings Limited; as well as his operating experience as the chief executive officer and founder of technology business, iCollector plc and CM Interactive, James was educated at Oxford Brookes University, The Sorbonne and London University.

It is currently intended that, following the completion of the Company’s Platform Acquisition, James will adopt a non-executive role.