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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.

Syed Ali

Head of Engineering

As Head of Engineering, Syed is responsible for all of the engineering, maintenance and project activities on the site and is a member of the Senior Management Team.

Syed has over 25 years of asset management experience in the heavy engineering industry mainly power generation, managing several high value new and upgrade projects within the power and pharmaceutical industry. He is very passionate about developing skilled engineering resources and new engineers, taking an active role in professional institutions.

Syed holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and is a Chartered member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and a Fellow Member of the Institute of Leadership and Management.

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.

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.

Sharon Ware

Finance Manager

As Finance Manager, Sharon 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.

Sharon has more than 25 years of accounts experience across public and private sector, as well in accountancy practice. After gaining AAT Level 4 qualification and Level 5 NVQ in Leadership and Management, she has started her journey to becoming CIMA qualified, and is keen to add her skills to our dynamic leadership team and help to achieve our mission