Tim Hall, Cell Leader
I have been with Warwick since October 1994. I started off as an operator on TAED production before promotion to supervisor after 12 years. The promotion saw a move to the granulation department, which meant had to familiarise myself with new plant and equipment..
Throughout my time at Warwick I have actively looked to further my education and have completed an ILM level 3 course in First Line Management, gaining the IOSHH qualification. I have also broadened my learning through in-house training such as Green Belt training and Six Sigma qualifications. The NVQ process has also been prevalent throughout, firstly in helping prove my own competence then as an assessor then an internal verifier – it helped raise my own profile and then used it in conjunction with training/developing new starters in the granulation.
When I was approached to become involved in the Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) program I was a little sceptical. But by adopting the philosophy and approaches set out in the 4-day program I enjoyed the straightforward and common sense approach. It also gave me a better understanding of the mechanical side of equipment used and potential problem areas which led to rewarding results and overall improvement of plant production – importantly improved communication and standardization of the running of the plant.
I am now involved in the FD2 TPM program, adopting the same principles which will hopefully lead to similar improvements. Involvement with the audits carried out, maintaining standards expected and the general up keep of plant housekeeping has raised my awareness of what is required to maintain equipment so that it performs to its maximum capability, to systematically assess problem areas, and to use pictorial evidence to aid training/understanding and improve housekeeping. The aim is to continue reaching the high standards set out in the first phase of TPM or even bettering those achievements while involving more people in the process to ensure its continuation and success.
John Jones, Process Improvement Coordinator
I began at Warwick in November 1989 as an operator in the Granulation department. Within 18 months I had been promoted to shift supervisor, which coincided with a period of rapid growth in the early nineties. My key role at this point was commissioning our newly built multi million pound granulation plants..
Over the years I have been offered opportunities to self develop and increase my broader skill and knowledge base. I trained as a Six Sigma DMAIC Black Belt and was instrumental in the establishment of the site’s National Vocational Qualification program. A big turning point in my career was being sent to St Louis to attend a ‘train the trainer’ course. The skills I developed as a result were to play a major part in my future career at Warwick.
In 2008 I was given the role of Process Improvement Coordinator. The areas of my responsibility are now improving our site processes, being the Site NVQ coordinator and I play a major role in the training and development of staff.
As the company strives for continuous improvement I was asked to be involved in an initiative called Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) This involved training a group of employees in the methodologies which foster a close working relationship between maintenance and manufacturing staff. By developing their knowledge of the plant equipment and its functions, staff are better able to look after the equipment and reduce equipment failures. The teams are empowered to improve the operability and establish best practices which maximise the capabilities of the production facilities. In the pilot zone for TPM, we were able to demonstrate a 100% increase in capacity and reduce maintenance costs significantly. The success was then used for justification to continue rolling the program out to other areas of the site.
Jenny Wilkinson, Scientist
I began at Warwick International in 1992 as a Trainee Scientist. As part of the 2-year training programme there was the opportunity to study for qualifications at college on a ‘day release’ basis, and also to spend 6 month placements in different laboratories – learning many skills and working on several different project areas.
Upon completion of the 2-year training scheme, I was offered a permanent position in the Liquid Detergent development team, before later working on projects to promote the use of TAED in Pulp and Textile bleaching. I also continued my education part- time for 7 years at college to gain a 1st Class honours degree in Chemistry during 1999. I was also thrilled to be presented with the Royal Society of Chemistry award for outstanding achievement.
A turning point in my career was in 2000 when I joined the Performance Evaluation Section. This department generates information and data to support current TAED sales for detergent markets and the design of evaluation studies for many new product developments. This role quickly developed to provide remote technical support for Warwick Equest, based in Durham. Within this role there was opportunity to present at conferences in Germany and Milan. Generation of technical data and producing posters for new products has meant that I have been able to attend many European conferences, providing opportunities for customer networking, technical meetings and an understanding for key developments happening globally in the laundry detergent markets.
As part of the company’s Operational Excellence programme, I trained as a Six Sigma DMAIC Black Belt. This has been invaluable when performing statistical analysis of results and has also assisted with training for Warwick Equest personnel. Many projects have been supported and implemented at Warwick Equest, introducing beneficial changes in the production processes in many areas on the shop floor. Working closely with Warwick Equest has become an interesting and enjoyable part of my job.
Rudi Itoe, Business Manager Europe
Originally from Cameroon, Rudi moved to the UK in 1990 and studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Leeds.
Following his studies, he began his working career at Robert McBride in 1995 and during the following 7 years gained experience in various positions within Quality, Process Development, and Research & Development.
In 2002, he joined Clariant UK as the Global Development manager for Preservatives and then took on a variety of other commercial roles, eventually becoming Head of Functional Chemicals/Industrial and Consumer Specialities for UK and Ireland.
Originally joining the sales team as Business Manager, Rudi’s role has developed further and he is now supporting Dr Paul Baxter in the sales of all Lubrizol Home Care Products in Europe.
Allister Theobald, Microbiologist
Allister recently joined Warwick Chemicals as the company microbiologist, reporting to the Head of Technical services Jane Mathews.
He qualified as a microbiologist from the Dept. Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at the University of Sheffield and went on to gain a Ph.D. studying disinfection from the Dept. Chemical Engineering at UMIST. He has considerable experience in the biocides field, having been employed for more than 15 years by a global leader in FMCG, working on developing novel antimicrobial systems and hygiene regulatory aspects for the household and laundry categories worldwide.
He now manages the hygiene laboratory and the biocides programme for Warwick and is currently leading several projects for laundry, household and medical applications around the world, as well as developing new understanding and opportunities for bleach activators in a biocidal context.
Larry Goff, Business Manager, Americas
Larry has recently been appointed Business Manager for the Americas, reporting to Dr. Paul Baxter, Global Head of Sales and Marketing.
Currently residing in South Carolina, Larry has a degree in Chemical Engineering from Clemson University, and an MBA from Oklahoma City University. He has previously worked for Milliken & Company’s Chemical Division and Union Carbide Corp (now Dow Chemical).
While at Milliken, Larry held a number of key positions: National Sales Manager, Marketing Manager and Business Development Manager. He was engaged in the commercial development of numerous business units, including the Liquitints Colorants line, used as a preferred product in laundry, dish wash, and household brands around the world.
Following a distinguished career in the US Air force, including various command positions, he retired as a Colonel.
Larry will focus on developing new opportunities and expanding Warwick’s business activities in North and South America. He will work closely with customers to understand their needs, providing innovative solutions and technical expertise, to become preferred supplier of environmentally friendly bleaching technology, in the Americas.
Sefa Orhan, Business Development Manager, Middle East & Africa
Sefa Orhan joined Warwick Chemicals in July 2016 to head up the new Istanbul office, with responsibility for developing business in the evolving and expanding Middle East and African markets.
Sefa brings a wealth of experience to the new office, having worked as Sales Manager since 2006 for global chemical and miner technologies companies Ciba, BASF and Amcol, now part of Mineral Technologies. He will be promoting Warwick and Lubrizol’s detergent products to both local and multinational companies whilst identifying and creating new business opportunities and partnerships. Warwick’s well-established regional reputation for product quality and service is further enhanced by the global strengths of the Lubrizol brand with its outstanding technical support and R&D – enabling Sefa to deliver complete home care solutions to customers throughout the MEA region.
Warwick has brought together an Executive Management team with a wide range of skills, experience and abilities - and with one, clearly focussed vision for the future of the company.
Steve Williams, Managing Director
Managing Director Warwick, Lubrizol Global Business Director Home Care
Steve Williams has been with Warwick Chemicals since 1991, having previously held senior positions within BAE and Kimberly Clark.
Steve has held senior financial and sales positions during his time with Warwick. He also played a key role in the growth of the business through acquisition and in the successful demerger and sale of the group’s distribution business. He was part of the management buy-out team that sold the business to Lubrizol in 2014.
After the acquisition of Warwick by Lubrizol, Steve was appointed Managing Director of Warwick. In addition to his role as Managing Director, Steve has taken on the role of Global Business Director Home Care and is now responsible
Dr Paul Baxter, Head of Sales
Dr Paul Baxter is a graduate of Jesus College, Oxford. His role is to develop new business and promote Warwick Chemicals around the world. Changes in washing habits have opened up new markets for Warwick, which he and the rest of the Sales team are working to exploit. In addition to global responsibility for TAED sales, Paul has now taken on the responsibility for Lubrizol Home Care Products in Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Paul also leads Warwick’s drive for service excellence to the company’s customers which are based in over 60 countries.
Paul has over 30 years’ experience within the chemical industry. He began work at Laporte as a research chemist and went on to play a key role in their merger and acquisitions strategy. He has subsequently held a variety of senior commercial positions at Amcol and William Blythe, before joining Warwick in 2003.
Dr Jane Mathews, Head of Technical Services
Dr Jane Mathews was awarded her doctorate in 1991 from Liverpool University where she studied Inorganic Chemistry. On leaving university, she worked for Procter and Gamble, before joining Warwick in 1994.
Jane leads the Research and Development team at Warwick helping to create the next generation of bleach activators. Her goal is to enable laundry to be washed effectively at even lower temperatures; something that will be beneficial to both the consumer and the environment. She is also in charge of quality and technical support, offering advice to customers on bleaching and detergent formulations.
Jane was also appointed General Manager of Equest when it was acquired by Warwick in 2004. Equest has since strengthened its position to become a world leader in supplying performance monitors for testing the effectiveness of new detergent formulations.
Graeme Bragger, Head of Finance & IT
Graeme joined Warwick Chemicals in 2003, as Business Analyst responsible for developing Warwick’s acquisition strategy and achieving Sarbanes Oxley compliance under the Company’s previous American ownership.
Graeme was promoted to his current role in 2009. He is familiar with all aspects of finance, with strong experience in corporate finance and auditing. Prior to joining Warwick, Graeme worked for Baker Tilly, qualifying in 2000.
Graeme is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. He also achieved certification as a Six Sigma Black Belt in 2004, under the Company’s Operational Excellence programme.
Chris Hickman, Site Manager
Chris Hickman joined the company in May 2010. Chris has previously worked for Unilever, ICI and Croda Plc and brings with him extensive experience of the specific demands required within the chemicals sector.
Chris will be reviewing the sites existing systems and introducing new methodologies to ensure that Warwick maintains the highest levels of Health & Safety.
Liz Birchenough, Head of HR
Liz joined Warwick Chemicals in 1991 and has held various roles within the HR function. She became a member of the Executive Management Team in 2015 and is responsible for the delivery of a comprehensive HR service to the site and our employees enabling the company to become an Employer of Choice.
Liz has over 30 years’ experience of HR within a Manufacturing environment, beginning her career as a Business Analyst with ICL, she relocated to their HR function as a Training and Development specialist, gaining her Master’s Degree before moving to the newspaper print industry with Mirror Colour Printing. She is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development