Career Experience

Date: Aug 1998-present

Title: Self-employed Consultant

Delivering technical consultancy to a range of well-known chemical and consumer products companies in UK, Europe and USA, and management consultancy as founding partner with The Oakfield Consultancy Partnership (Chester).

All the following postions were held within Solvay Interox Research and Development


Date: Jan 1994-Jul 1998

Title: Research Management Associate

  • Advice to Research and Business Management on orientation and composition of R&D Programme
  • Advice to Patent Agents on technical and business significance of Company and third party patents to determine policy and priorities
  • Internal consultancy on all aspects of R&D work, and procurement of external consultancy help where necessary
    Coordination of external R&D in support of technical programme
  • Technology watch on external developments relevant to Company’s business
  • (since April 1996 – R&D Senior Management Team member).


Date:  June 1990-Dec 1993

Title: Research Manager

  • Member of R&D Senior Management Team during introduction of ISO 9001 Quality Management System, TQM, and Safety management based on ISRS
  • Manager of R&D Group of approx 25-40 people (changed during period) engaged in work on Chemical Synthesis, Detergents, Pilot Plant and Exploratory Research, related to peroxygen chemistry


Date: May 1986-Jun 1990

Title: Principal Scientist (Organics Research/ Innovation)

  • Section Manager in charge of research into peroxygen applications in Chemical Synthesis, and of Innovations work for Interox and Laporte
  • Industrial Supervisor of external research projects in UK, Netherlands, France, Italy, Portugal and USA


Date: Apr 1980-Apr 1986


Title: Senior Scientist (Detergents)

  • Team Leader for research in low temperature bleaching systems based on inorganic catalysts and organic activators (acylating agents) with H2O2
  • Ran major project (up to 12 people) on development of new liquid bleaching products effective at cool temperatures, based on activators and peracids


Date:  Jan 1976-Mar 1980

Title: Scientist (Environment)

  • Worked on kinetics of sulphide oxidation by H2O2 and O2, catalysed cyanide oxidation, industrial effluent treatment by flocculation and oxidation (including Fenton’s reagent) and sandfilter remediation
  • Provided technical advice to marketing personnel and frequently visited customers in industrial and municipal sectors.


Date: Jan 1976-Mar 1980

Title: Scientist (Fluorides and inorganics)

  • Worked on new and improved processes for manufacture of potassium fluoride, fluoroborate, fluorotitanate and fluorozirconate
  • Worked on improved processes for manufacture of ferric chloride and ferric sulphate