Cornelius, an independent European manufacturer and distributor of specialty chemicals, ingredients and raw materials, has restructured its business operations to support the integration of its Specialties manufacturing division, headquartered in Haverhill, UK.

Brian McGowan has joined Cornelius from Kodak Alaris and has been appointed Group Operations Director, replacing Clair Binks, a long serving employee of the company. 

Throughout her time at Cornelius, Clair has played a pivotal role in delivering success for Cornelius, its customers and principals, enhancing the company’s reputation and operational capabilities. Clair will work alongside Mr McGowan to ensure a smooth and structured management transition until she leaves the business in July 2019.

Darren Spiby, CEO, Cornelius Group plc, said: “We would like to thank Clair for her exceptional contributions to the Group and wish her every success for the future.

“Cornelius is delighted to welcome Brian McGowan to the team and has confidence in his vast breadth of knowledge and managerial experience. His appointment will be greatly beneficial to optimising our integration process to reap the efficiencies and synergies of a vertically aligned organisation.

“Last year we witnessed the successful integration of operations at Cornelius Polska and firmly believe that this structural concept will secure a robust future for Specialties and ensure Cornelius remains a leading international manufacturer and distributor of inspiring products and exceptional services.”

Brian McGowan, Group Operations Director, Cornelius Group plc, said: “My role at Cornelius builds on many years’ experience leading operational teams under the Kodak brand. My intention is to inject further significant value into operations across Cornelius Care, Health & Nutrition, Performance Chemicals and Specialties. I’m dedicated to pioneering a strong future for Cornelius and pledge to support the team in engineering, increased business productivity and customer satisfaction.”

The restructure will also see Clare Whitlock move from Operations Manager to Head of Site Manufacturing, reporting into Mr McGowan.

Meanwhile, Simon Moran has been promoted to Group Quality & Regulatory Manager, John Needham has been promoted to the role of Group Warehouse Manager and David Croxford has been promoted to Group Supply Chain Manager. All three will oversee manufacturing and distribution within their roles.

In addition, Specialties Managing Director, John Bilney, has left the business with immediate effect.

Cornelius offers a vast range of health and nutrition, personal care and performance chemicals and is recognised industry-wide for its innovative approach to business.  For further information on Cornelius and its Specialties division, please visit