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Chris Bennett

Site Manager

Chris joined our company in April 2019 as Site Manager bringing with him over 30 years experience of Operational Excellence, Cultural Change, business transition and growth in the Service and Manufacturing Sectors – across the UK, Europe and globally working with SME’s and large corporations.

He has an HND in Mechanical and Production Engineering, an MBA from Sheffield and is a Chartered Fellow of the CMI.

Russell Clarke

Head of Commercial

Russell graduated with a PhD in chemistry, studying organometallic catalysis, from the University of St Andrews in 1993. This was after completing an honours degree in Pure and Applied Chemistry from the University of Strathclyde in 1988.


Russell started his career at Laporte Fine Organics in Teesside in 1993 in research and development before moving into a commercial management role with Dow Chemical in 1998. Russell then spent 8 years with Thomas Swan & Company based in Consett in a variety of roles including Commercial Director for the contract manufacturing business.

Russell joined CalaChem in April 2012 in the role of Commercial Manager before joining the Senior Management team as Head of Operations in September 2014. He was appointed Head of Commercial in November 2015 taking responsibility for research and development, purchasing and supply chain as well as having overall responsibility for the commercial performance of the company.

In April 2018 he was also appointed Head of Commercial for Briar Chemicals Ltd. He now has responsibility for the commercial performance of both CalaChem Ltd and Briar Chemicals Ltd respectively.

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.

Inna Scholz

Commercial Manager

Inna Joined the company in August 2019 and  has over 16 years’ experience in the global chemical industry, with the last 11 years, gaining a successful track record of achievement in sales, business development, account management and distributors management as a regional management professional covering multiple global countries.

As a Commercial Manager in Briar Chemicals Inna is responsible for developing, leading and implementing an innovative, growth focused commercial strategy for the business to identify commercial opportunities to grow revenue and market share.

Inna holds an MSc diploma in Chemistry and Biology and MBA from Warsaw Agricultural University.