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.

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.

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 - Executive Secretary

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.

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