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The Board consists of four 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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James has over 15 years of investment management and corporate finance expertise. Marwyn’s 16 portfolio platforms to date have issued over £2.7bn of equity capital, with James having experienced a broad array of sectors and developed an extensive network of relationships with co-investors, advisors and other business leaders.

James brings an entrepreneurial mind-set to the management team, having co-founded Marwyn alongside Mark Brangstrup Watts, and prior to that founded one of the earliest strategic technology consultancies. James was also previously Chief Executive Officer of icollector Plc, a leading provider of live auction trading platforms, later negotiating its joint venture with eBay.

James is a Managing Partner of Marwyn Capital LLP, Marwyn Investment Management LLP and is a non-executive director of Marwyn Asset Management Limited. Portfolio level executive directorships include Safe Harbour Holdings Plc, Wilmcote Holdings Plc and Le Chameau Group Plc.

James was previously on the board of BCA Marketplace Plc, Breedon Aggregates Ltd and Advanced Computer Software Plc, and was Chairman of Entertainment One Ltd, amongst others.

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John brings to the board a wealth of knowledge and a deep, strategic understanding of a wide range of industries, having served as a board director on a range of global businesses since 1999. In his role as independent non executive director, John brings a complimentary viewpoint ensuring constructive challenge in interactions with the Board and management team, supporting the Company in achieving its strategy and maximising value for shareholders.

John spent 24 years at Unilever where he held a number of senior management positions and later joined Imperial Chemical Industries plc (ICI), taking the position of Group Chief Executive in 2003. John has held a wide range of board positions, including Senior Independent Director at J Sainsbury plc from 2005 to 2016, Non-Executive Director of Rolls-Royce plc from 2008 to 2017 and Senior Independent Director for Electra Private Equity plc, a London Stock Exchange listed investment trust.

John currently serves as chairman of Rentokil Initial plc and was appointed as non-executive and senior independent director of Cobham plc on 1 August 2017. He is also Chairman of United Utilities Water Limited.

John received a B.Sc. honours degree in Chemical Physics at Manchester University and later gained a Ph.D. before becoming a research fellow.

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As co-founder of Marwyn in 2002, Mark has many years of experience deploying private equity investment strategies in the public markets. Marwyn’s highly acquisitive portfolio companies have delivered approximately 100 bolt-on acquisitions with Mark offering significant M&A, ECM and corporate finance experience.

Mark brings his background in strategic consultancy to the management team having been responsible for strategic development projects for international clients including Ford Motor Company (US), Cummins (Japan) and 3M (Europe).

Mark is a Managing Partner in Marwyn Capital LLP and Marwyn Investment Management LLP. Mark is currently an Executive Director of Le Chameau Group Plc, Safe Harbour Holdings Plc and Wilmcote Holdings Plc. Mark is also a non-executive director of Marwyn Asset Management Limited and Zegona Communications Plc and was previously a non-executive director of BCA Marketplace Plc, Advanced Computer Software Plc, Entertainment One Ltd, Melorio Plc, Inspicio Plc and Talarius Plc, amongst others.