Our team

comprises well-established leaders from the polymer industry and technology start-up sector, together with world-class polymer research scientists. Together, they have the expertise, experience and power to drive the business towards its ambitious goals

Senior Management Team

Chairman

Dominique Fournier

Dominique has over 35 years' experience in the chemical industry including serving as Chief Executive Officer for Infineum International Limited, a specialty chemicals company owned jointly by Shell and ExxonMobil.

Previously, he held various manufacturing and marketing positions in ExxonMobil’s chemical businesses as well as senior leadership positions including Managing Director of Exxon Chemical France.

Currently, Dominique also serves as a non-executive Director with Kraton, specialists in styrenic block co-polymers.

Mr Fournier has a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from I’Ecole des Mines de Saint-Etienne, France.

Chief Executive Officer

Phil Smith

Phil has played a key role in the creation of Interface Polymers Ltd, including shaping the business plan, securing funding and recruiting a world-class management team.

As a business start-up leader, Phil has a proven track record ranging from successful university spin-outs to innovative and highly profitable social enterprises. With over 25 years’ experience in the sector, Phil is very familiar with the diverse challenges of getting a new venture off the ground.

Phil holds a BSc (Hons) in Materials Science and Technology from Brunel University and an MBA from Warwick Business School.

Business Development Director

Simon Waddington

Simon has an impressive track record in marketing and business development roles in the plastics industry including 24 years with Dow Chemical Company. Along with his substantial commercial experience in polymer-based product innovation, he brings a wealth of senior contacts across the European plastics industry and its value chains.

Simon holds two patents for inventions relating to polyurethane polymers and has recently been involved in another highly successful polymer industry spin-out named Novomer, where he played a key business development role.

Simon has a BSc (Hons) in Material Science and Polymer Chemistry, from Brunel University.

Chief Scientific Officer

Dr Christopher Kay (Founder Director)

Christopher's PhD and post-doctoral research at the University of Warwick generated the intellectual property on which Interface Polymers Ltd is based. Both Christopher and his academic supervisor Professor Peter Scott, were quick to see the commercial potential of the breakthrough, and Christopher soon saw a future for himself as an entrepreneur.

Working with the ICURe programme (Innovation to Commercialisation of University Research) via Innovate UK, £500,000 of grant funding was won that enabled Chris to start the process of spinning out Interface Polymers Ltd.

Along with his invaluable scientific expertise, Chris brings his wonderfully infectious enthusiasm, entrepreneurial passion and a relentless ambition to turn his discovery into a huge commercial success.

Non-executive Director

Professor Peter Scott

Peter is Deputy Chair of the Faculty of Science at the University of Warwick, and head of the Chemistry Department's Scott Group. Peter supervised Dr Christopher Kay's post-doctoral research which led directly to the scientific discoveries that underpin the company's intellectual property.

Peter’s core expertise is synthetic chemistry at the industrially-focused interfaces with polymer science, materials and pharmaceuticals.

Peter is delighted to see the fruits of academic research being translated into commercial impact on a global scale.

Non-executive Director

Sven Royall

Sven has almost 40 years of experience in the Chemicals Industry, initially with 34 years working for Shell which included assignments in Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Houston and London  - most recently as Vice President of Global Intermediates and Ventures. Sven is currently a Managing Director of Pilko & Associates, a leading risk management adviser to the Energy and Chemicals Industry.

Sven has a Master’s degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and a Doctorate from The City University, London.

Non-executive Director

Andrew Wynn

Andrew is the co-founder and Managing Partner at Perwyn, where he is responsible for all Private Equity and PIF investments. He started his investment banking career at Lazard, and prior to Perwyn worked at CCMP Capital (formerly JPMorgan Partners), where he worked on mid-market Private Equity deals.

In his spare time Andrew enjoys outdoor sports, particularly cycling, running and skiing, as well as spending time with his young family.

Non-executive Director

Jean-Lou Ribon

Jean-Lou is a co-founder and director of 24Haymarket, a London-based business angels group created in 2012.  24Haymarket members invest their own funds in young and growing companies in a range of sectors. Prior to that he spent over twenty years in private equity, primarily at Silverfleet Capital.  As a partner of the firm Jean-Lou was in charge of investments in France and Benelux.  Over the years he was directly responsible for a number of successful investments made by the firm.  Jean-Lou started his career in manufacturing in the USA and then went on to work in commercial and later investment banking.  

He has a bachelor’s degree in commercial and financial sciences from ICHEC in Brussels.

Chairman

Dominique Fournier

Dominique has over 35 years' experience in the chemical industry including serving as Chief Executive Officer for Infineum International Limited, a specialty chemicals company owned jointly by Shell and ExxonMobil.

Previously, he held various manufacturing and marketing positions in ExxonMobil’s chemical businesses as well as senior leadership positions including Managing Director of Exxon Chemical France.

Currently, Dominique also serves as a non-executive Director with Kraton, specialists in styrenic block co-polymers.

Mr Fournier has a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from I’Ecole des Mines de Saint-Etienne, France.

Chief Executive Officer

Phil Smith

Phil has played a key role in the creation of Interface Polymers Ltd, including shaping the business plan, securing funding and recruiting a world-class management team.

As a business start-up leader, Phil has a proven track record ranging from successful university spin-outs to innovative and highly profitable social enterprises. With over 25 years’ experience in the sector, Phil is very familiar with the diverse challenges of getting a new venture off the ground.

Phil holds a BSc (Hons) in Materials Science and Technology from Brunel University and an MBA from Warwick Business School.

Business Development Director

Simon Waddington

Simon has an impressive track record in marketing and business development roles in the plastics industry including 24 years with Dow Chemical Company. Along with his substantial commercial experience in polymer-based product innovation, he brings a wealth of senior contacts across the European plastics industry and its value chains.

Simon holds two patents for inventions relating to polyurethane polymers and has recently been involved in another highly successful polymer industry spin-out named Novomer, where he played a key business development role.

Simon has a BSc (Hons) in Material Science and Polymer Chemistry, from Brunel University.

Chief Scientific Officer

Dr Christopher Kay (Founder Director)

Christopher's PhD and post-doctoral research at the University of Warwick generated the intellectual property on which Interface Polymers Ltd is based. Both Christopher and his academic supervisor Professor Peter Scott, were quick to see the commercial potential of the breakthrough, and Christopher soon saw a future for himself as an entrepreneur.

Working with the ICURe programme (Innovation to Commercialisation of University Research) via Innovate UK, £500,000 of grant funding was won that enabled Chris to start the process of spinning out Interface Polymers Ltd.

Along with his invaluable scientific expertise, Chris brings his wonderfully infectious enthusiasm, entrepreneurial passion and a relentless ambition to turn his discovery into a huge commercial success.

Non-executive Director

Professor Peter Scott

Peter is Deputy Chair of the Faculty of Science at the University of Warwick, and head of the Chemistry Department's Scott Group. Peter supervised Dr Christopher Kay's post-doctoral research which led directly to the scientific discoveries that underpin the company's intellectual property.

Peter’s core expertise is synthetic chemistry at the industrially-focused interfaces with polymer science, materials and pharmaceuticals.

Peter is delighted to see the fruits of academic research being translated into commercial impact on a global scale.

Non-executive Director

Sven Royall

Sven has almost 40 years of experience in the Chemicals Industry, initially with 34 years working for Shell which included assignments in Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Houston and London  - most recently as Vice President of Global Intermediates and Ventures. Sven is currently a Managing Director of Pilko & Associates, a leading risk management adviser to the Energy and Chemicals Industry.

Sven has a Master’s degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and a Doctorate from The City University, London.

Non-executive Director

Andrew Wynn

Andrew is the co-founder and Managing Partner at Perwyn, where he is responsible for all Private Equity and PIF investments. He started his investment banking career at Lazard, and prior to Perwyn worked at CCMP Capital (formerly JPMorgan Partners), where he worked on mid-market Private Equity deals.

In his spare time Andrew enjoys outdoor sports, particularly cycling, running and skiing, as well as spending time with his young family.

Non-executive Director

Jean-Lou Ribon

Jean-Lou is a co-founder and director of 24Haymarket, a London-based business angels group created in 2012.  24Haymarket members invest their own funds in young and growing companies in a range of sectors. Prior to that he spent over twenty years in private equity, primarily at Silverfleet Capital.  As a partner of the firm Jean-Lou was in charge of investments in France and Benelux.  Over the years he was directly responsible for a number of successful investments made by the firm.  Jean-Lou started his career in manufacturing in the USA and then went on to work in commercial and later investment banking.  

He has a bachelor’s degree in commercial and financial sciences from ICHEC in Brussels.

Working together for mutual success

We know that the full potential of our technology will not be realised by ourselves alone. We understand the value of collaboration with suppliers, customers, OEM’s, end-users, funding agencies and other service providers, and we promise to work tirelessly to achieve the shared goals that we sign up to.

 

 

We also recognise the importance of building a strong internal team. A team of highly motivated and committed people with the right blend of skills, positive attitude and determination to succeed.

That’s why we believe in a values-led approach, where flexibility, creativity and individual responsibility is both encouraged and rewarded.

 

Teresa Waite - Office Manager

It's really exciting to be part of a team that encourages and supports my development.  I feel I'm appreciated and treated as an important member of the team.

Shaun Morris - Polymer Development Scientist

It’s great to be developing a completely new range of additives and helping customers to do things that were previously not possible.

Dr Luke Hollingbery - Senior Polymer Development Engineer

I am really excited about helping customers to optimize performance with our additives.

Dr Paul Goring - Research Fellow

It's very satisfying to see the huge potential of the chemistry we've been developing realised in such a diverse range of real-world applications.

Dr Giuseppe Forte - Knowledge Transfer Partnership Associate

The customers set new frontiers for polymer additives and I am here to create novel routes to bridge the gaps.

Dr Davide Nocita - Research Associate

The strong link between academic scientific research and industrial development is an essential part of this company, establishing new standards in the polyolefin technology field.

Our vision.

Our vision is to revolutionise the polyolefin industry by opening up a new world of high value opportunities in polymer blending, joining and finishing. Read more