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Senior Management

Philip Spinks,
Chief Executive Officer & Company Secretary

Philip joined the Board in February 2008. He worked as an accountant at Brooking, Knowles & Lawrence and Coopers & Lybrand before joining The BOC Group Plc in 1997. In his 10 years at BOC, Philip held a number of senior finance roles including corporate finance manager, treasury manager and divisional finance director before being appointed a global controller after the acquisition of BOC by The Linde Group AG. He is a Chartered Accountant and associate of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.

Dr Jon-Paul Griffiths,
Group Manager of Reactive Chemistry

Jon-Paul has a background in organic synthesis and materials design and was a co-founder of Oxford Advanced Surfaces with Professor Mark Moloney. He studied chemistry at Nottingham Trent where he attained a PhD that focussed on the synthesis and application of novel organic electronic materials. In his role as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Oxford with Professor Mark Moloney, his research into synthesis of highly reactive chemistry that could modify surfaces was used to create intellectual property, and the technology was branded as Onto™. This innovation formed the basis for the spin out of Oxford Advanced Surfaces and forms the platform technology for the Reactive Chemistry Group. Jon-Paul was awarded the Young Industrialist of the Year award in 2010 by the Royal Society of Chemistry for his dedication and tenacity in researching novel applications of carbene chemistry.

Technical Advisory Board

Dr David Bott,
Chairman

David started his career with British Petroleum and subsequently worked for Courtaulds with roles including Director of Strategic Research, Research Manager of Courtaulds Grafil and Vice President (Technology) for the Performance Films division. He then joined ICI Acrylics as Research Director before moving to National Starch & Chemical where he held the role of Vice President for Research and Development in the Speciality Synthetic Polymers Division, then moving back to ICI as a Director for Group Technology. David is presently a director of Oxford Biomaterials Limited, Apaclara Limited, Spineless Design Limited and EotR Solutions Limited. He is also Director of Innovation Programmes for the Technology Strategy Board, a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills. He has considerable experience of many areas of the market place which OAS is targeting, specifically adhesion, coatings, cross-linkers and composites.

Professor Mark Moloney

Professor Mark Moloney, one of the founders, provides technical counsel on a consultancy basis and is chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board. Mark is an internationally recognised lecturer in organic chemistry at Oxford University where he was appointed in 1990, and he was promoted to Reader in Chemistry in 2006. Mark has over 115 publications, including research articles, books and patents, and has been involved in organic synthesis research for twenty-five years. His main areas of interest are the synthesis of chemical compounds with antibiotic, cytotoxic or neuroexcitatory activity; the development of new chemical methodology and the surface modification of polymers. Much of Mark's research work has been conducted in collaboration with industry, including GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca, Merck, Sharp and Dohme and Associated Octel.

Professor Steven Abbott

Professor Steven Abbott received his Oxford Chemistry D Phil for work carried out at Harvard. His post-doctoral was in the Nobel Prizewinning lab of Jean-Marie Lehn at Strasbourg. He is Visiting Professor at the School of Engineering at the University of Leeds. He has worked many years in the high-tech coating industry and along the way developed a passion for computer models that could give real-world insight to complex scientific issues such as precision coating or polymer/nanoparticle solubilities. He is an independent consultant at Steven Abbott TCNF Ltd where he continues to develop software apps on solubility, surfactancy, adhesion, diffusion and advises internationally on topics as diverse as cosmetic/pharma skin delivery, organic photovoltaics, packaging films and "green" surfactant design. Steven brings with him a wealth of industrial, scientific and commercial knowledge from both research posts and a long commercial career at ICI and MacDermid Autotype. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.