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Nigel Beard

Engineering Manager

Internationally experienced Engineering lead, covering Europe, the Middle East, Malaysia, Australia and Brazil, always within large scale high hazard facilities for both the Private and Public sectors. Typical assignments have involved the development and implementation of Capital Projects proposals, Maintenance/Reliability strategy and their delivery organisations (people, systems, procedures). Immediately prior to Briar Nigel was the project lead for an HM Government funded (BEIS) NEC 3 project.

Nigel is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Mark Smith

SHEQ Manager

As SHEQ Manager for Briar Chemicals, Mark is responsible for safety, health, security and environmental control, including waste management.

With over 20 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries, Mark started his career in R&D for Glaxo Welcome before moving into the agrochemical industry, supporting sites in the UK and across the globe.

Mark holds a degree in Medical Physics and is a qualified Chartered Occupational Hygienist and Chartered Safety Practitioner.

Graham Temple

Head of Operations

As Head of Operations, Graham is responsible for all production and manufacturing activities on the site and is a member of the Senior Management Team.

Graham has over 25 years’ experience in plant management, technical support and process development through his years working for Bayer CropScience, Aventis CropScience and Rhone-Poulenc Agriculture.

Graham holds a first class honours degree in Chemistry and Physics from the University of Brighton and is a Chartered Chemist and member of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Julie Brand

HR Officer

As HR Officer, Julie is responsible for delivering a full range of HR services to all stakeholders across site including recruitment and selection, benefits, payroll processes and employee relations.

Julie has over 20 years’ experience in customer-facing roles and holds a Diploma in HR Management and is a Member of the CIPD and the British Psychological Society.

Nick Burr

IT Manager

As IT Manager, Nick is responsible for leading the company’s technology strategy and managing overall IT operations and customer service.

Nick has experience in IT strategic planning, project management and operations, supporting companies worldwide.

Nick holds qualifications in IT service delivery (ITIL), Project Management (Prince2) and IT security (GICSP & GSLC) as well as being an active Member of the British Computer Society.

Richard Green

Logistics Team Leader

As Logistics Team Leader, Richard is responsible for the efficient flow of raw materials to site and the timely despatch of finished products around the world by land, sea or air.


Richard has over 30 years’ experience in the chemical manufacturing industry, with the last 15 years in supply chain management. Richard holds a degree in Chemistry.

Kevin Lyon

Head of Finance

Kevin is the head of finance and is responsible for all accounting transactions, financial planning, reporting, audit, tax and treasury.

Kevin has over 25 years operating as a senior finance professional operating in a variety of industry sectors including shipping, oil & gas, electronics and FMCG, and has worked for small and medium sized companies as well as multi-nationals.

He holds a BA in Accountancy and Computer Science from Heriot Watt university and is CIMA qualified.

Clare Morton

Operations Resource & Compliance Manager

As Operations Resource and Compliance Manager, Clare is responsible for the management of the chemical process workers and their compliance with both internal and statutory standards.

With more than 25 years’ experience in the chemical manufacturing industry, Clare has gained vast knowledge in plant operation, new plant commissioning and process optimisation.

Clare holds a BSc (Hons) in Agricultural Chemistry from the University of Leeds.