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Shaz Rashid


As CEO Shaz is responsible for leading all aspects of the business and brings significant experience after more than 20 years in leadership roles across different aspects of the chemical industry.  Initially in the Biotech-Pharma industry starting in operational roles, including Engineering and Operations; Shaz then moved into the chemical industry in roles growing from General Management, Global Procurement and Commercial Head of a Global Division.

Shaz has a depth of understanding of how businesses run.  Strategy setting and providing leadership to his teams throughout his career has been his strength with a real focus on delivering improvement.  With international experience, across different functions and markets Shaz leads the Briar team driving the business towards manufacturing excellence supporting our global partners.

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

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.

Robin Cox

Production Unit Leader

Robin has over 25 years’ experience in the chemical industry, starting off as a shift chemist, working way up, via process development, to plant management. Robin has managed both batch and continuous processes, and been involved with many improvement projects, from small scale new vessel introduction, to larger scale plant expansion and modernisation.

Robin has an honours science degree, and an M.B.A.


Richard Green

Logistics Manager

As Logistics Manager, 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.

Mark Jones

Production Unit Leader

As Production Unit Leader, Mark is responsible for production output, optimisation and continuous improvement of the HBN chain. Mark has 25 years experience working in production support, process engineering and continuous improvement roles across the FMCG, Oil & Gas and Medical Device industries. He has 6 sigma and Lean qualifications from blue chip companies, and a Master’s degree in Materials Engineering from the University of Sheffield.

Rosalind Porter

Head of HR

As Head of HR, Rosalind is responsible for Briar Chemicals people agenda; attracting and retaining talented people and building a diverse and inclusive work environment which allows employees to succeed in equal measure to deliver high business impact and performance.


With over 15 years’ experience within HR and Learning Development, Rosalind is passionate about providing HR solutions, attracting high calibre talent and building strong performing teams.


Rosalind holds a Law Degree and CIPD Level 7 Advanced Certificate in Human Resource Management.

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, a diploma in Occupational Hygiene and is a 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.

Damian Thomas

Commercial Manager

As Commercial Manager Damian is responsible for managing key accounts and implementing Briar’s growth focussed commercial strategy. Damian has over 25 years’ experience across the chemical industry, working internationally with global blue chip customers in coatings, catalysts and construction.

A chemist by training he has successfully built strong technical service, research and development, product management, marketing and commercial teams and repeatedly brought innovative products and services to market. Damian is focussed on using this broad experience to deliver strong commercial growth at Briar Chemicals.

Danny Verhulst

Finance Manager

As Finance Manager, Danny reports to the CEO and has a direct role in providing financial leadership, strategy, information and support to the rest of the management team and the wider business and has responsibility for all areas of financial compliance.

Danny has a wealth of experience in financial management, auditing, forecasting, cashflow management, group consolidated accounting, management accounts, payroll and taxation.

Danny qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant (FCCA) in 2006 and has a level 5 certificate in Management and Leadership.  He started his career as an auditor and then moved into industry initially as a management accountant.  Since then Danny has worked as a finance manager for a micro-circuits company, a waste disposal company, a satellite communications company and more recently a pesticide wholesaler/manufacturer and car dealership.