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