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LEADERSHIP

 

STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK

 

Non-Executive Chairman

Lykele van der Broek

 

Appointed

October 2017 (Non-Executive Director)
January 2018 (Non-Executive Chairman)

Background and experience

Lykele retired as a Member of the Board of Management of Bayer CropScience, a division of Bayer AG, in 2014, being responsible for the commercialisation of innovative agricultural products and services globally. Prior to this, he held senior international roles including the Head of Bayer CropScience’s BioScience division and President of the Bayer HealthCare Animal Health division.

Committee membership

  • AIM Compliance Committee (Chairman)
  • Nominations Committee (Chairman)
  • Remunerations Committee (Chairman)
  • Audit Committee

External appointments

Genus plc (Non-Executive Director)

 

Chief Executive Officer

Sean Smith

 

Appointed

September 2014

Background and experience

Sean has a bachelors degree in microbiology and over 25 years of experience in the speciality chemicals and industrial biotechnology industries. He has held senior commercial leadership roles ranging from sales and marketing to business management and intellectual property licensing in blue chip companies such as Ciba (now BASF) and Honeywell. In recent years, Sean has focussed on technology commercialization through licensing and company formation working with Intellectual Ventures and several start-ups.

Committee membership

None

External appointments

None

 

Chief Financial Officer

Alex Abrey

 

Appointed

September 2007

Background and experience

Alex, a Chartered Certified Accountant, joined the Board in September 2007, having been Chief Accountant to Eden for the previous four years. He has acted as Financial Director to a diverse range of businesses including a financial and management consultancy business based in Oxfordshire, a medical waste management company and an intellectual property licensee involved in plastics manufacturing. Alex has seventeen years’ experience in both practice and industry.

Committee membership

None

External appointments

Ricewood Ltd (Director)

 

Non-Executive Director

Robin Cridland

 

Appointed

May 2015

Background and experience

Until recently, Rob served as Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of Itaconix plc. He joined Itaconix in September 2008 from Renovo Group plc where he spent seven years as Executive Director of Finance and Business Development. He began his career at Coopers & Lybrand Deloitte, before moving on to senior transactional roles at Enskilda Securities and senior finance and transactional roles at GlaxoWellcome and GlaxoSmithKline. He was also a Governor and a Non-Executive Director of Cheadle Hulme School, Cheshire.

Committee membership

  • Audit Committee (Chairman)
  • Nominations Committee
  • AIM Compliance Committee
  • Remuneration Committee

External appointments

None