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Dr. Neville Prior - Chairman

Dr. Neville Prior - Chairman

Neville has a background in organometallic chemistry and in business studies. He read chemistry at the University of St. Andrews and then went on to Christ’s College Cambridge to research in Osmium Carbonyl Cluster chemistry, earning his PhD as a result. This was followed up with an MBA to round off his formal learning. Neville is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Neville was appointed to the Board of Directors at Cornelius in 1992, becoming Managing Director in 1994 and Chairman in 2006. Neville is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and past Chairman of the East of England Board for the Manufacturing Advisory Service. He currently serves on the Council of the CBA as its President; the main UK industry association for the industry. He is also the President of the Fecc, which is the pan-European industry body for the chemical distribution industry.

Darren Spiby - Group CEO

Darren Spiby - Group CEO

Darren has a degree in Chemistry and began his career at Boots The Chemist, based in Nottingham, as a formulator in their product development department. He subsequently headed up teams that were developing technologies to be incorporated into healthcare and cosmetic products.

Darren joined Cornelius in February 2004 as Business Development Manager covering Health & Nutrition. In 2007 he was promoted to Group Sales Manager responsible for all our sales sectors and in February 2008 Darren was promoted to Sales Director. Today, Darren sits on the Board and is Group CEO of Cornelius Group.

Robert Fagan - Group Finance Director

Robert Fagan - Group Finance Director

Robert holds a BA (Hons) degree in Accountancy and is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, having qualified while in practice in the UK.

Following qualification, Robert gained extensive International experience and has held various senior financial leadership roles, helping to drive financial performance and good governance practices. These included with Intertek Group PLC, a leading FTSE 100 supply chain solutions company and Archer Daniels Midland Inc, a Fortune 100 premier global agri and ingredients provider. Robert joined the Cornelius group in 2016 and was appointed to serve on the Board in February 2017.

Jo Stephenson - Non Executive Director

Jo Stephenson - Non Executive Director

Jo graduated from UMIST in 1992 with a First Class BSc. in Textiles, Economics & Management. She joined Dow Chemical where over 14 years she progressed from commercial trainee to Global Product Director in the plastics division.

After a brief spell at RogenSi as a consultant, Jo then joined Sun Chemical for 4 years as European Packaging Marketing Director and from there joined The LINPAC Group as Vice President of Marketing & Innovation in 2011. Jo joined the Board of Cornelius in 2015 to support Cornelius strategic development and marketing as a Non Executive Director.

Gary Fisher - Non Executive Director

Gary Fisher - Non Executive Director

After studying Business studies at Sheffield Polytechnic, Gary obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Personnel Management in 1975 from Manchester Polytechnic. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors.

Gary is a Human Resources professional with extensive experience at Board and senior level within multinational organisations. With a solid background in operational HR, Gary also has particular expertise in delivering strategic HR focusing on the needs of the business. His background includes a long and successful career with Racal Electronics (now Thales), rising through different companies within the group during periods of considerable change to become HR Director for the Defense Electronics Group with 4000 employees and a turnover of £400m. He subsequently held senior level positions as HR Vice President at Bechtel, Vice President HR at Marconi Optical Components and Group HR Director at BBA Aviation plc. Working in an Interim Management capacity, Gary has carried out specific projects for the ETEX Group, Duracell, General Dynamics UK, Kodak Alaris, Wincanton, Yodel, Gate Gourmet, the Legal Services Commission, Synad Technologies Ltd, the Strategic Rail Authority, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, National Federation of Builders, Hakkasan, and BP.

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