FEATURE PANEL SESSION – Hosted by Chemical Business Association (CBA)

CBA Big Debate: Future Talents & Skills Feature

Time & Location

Thursday: 11.00 to 12.00, Stage 1

Session Host

Chemical Business Association

About this Session

Part 2 of a 2-day CBA-hosted ‘Future Chemical Logistics & Warehousing’ panel programme

The multi award winning Chemical Business Association (CBA) is celebrating its 100th Anniversary and is the leading organisation representing the UK chemical supply chain.

To function effectively, the chemical industry requires people with diverse skills and knowledge. It is increasingly recognised however, that a well-motivated workforce with a positive and ‘can do’ attitude is equally as important and is arguably even more so. However, finding such talent can prove difficult in current times and is likely to become increasingly challenging.

While there is not an issue in the wider chemical supply chain at this time, three particular considerations must be made that are likely to adversely affect this in the future this without immediate action: the imminent retirement of experienced employees; perceived skills shortages among the generation to replace retirees; and a general lack of awareness of the opportunities that exist combined with a lack of motivation to join it due to negative perceptions and misunderstandings of what the chemical industry actually is.

Day two’s CBA Big Debate will consider the challenges and look at how the chemical industry can ensure a sustainable and highly effective future workforce.

PANELLISTS:

Kate Mingay
Chair of the Chemical Business Association and Managing Director of Dakram Materials Ltd

Liran Mallar
Group Director of HR and PR – 2m Holdings groups

Mollie Williams
Technical Sales Manager UK & Benelux – Nordmann U.K.

Richard Lock
Managing Director, Holiferm ltd

Hannah Drake
Customer Experience Specialist – Crafted

SESSION JOINT HOSTS:

  • Danish Zaiful Azri
    Regulatory & Supply Chain Support- Chemical Business Association (CBA)
  • Josh Leech,
    Members and Services Representative – Chemical Business Association (CBA)

Panellists & Session Hosts

Kate Mingay

Kate Mingay

Chair of the Chemical Business Association and Managing Director of Dakram Materials Ltd

Kate is the Chair of the Chemical Business Association (CBA) and Managing Director of Dakram Materials Ltd which she founded in 2003 to import, export, and distribute metal-based chemicals.

Kate studied Materials Sciences with Management at Brunel University, London, graduating with a first-class honour’s degree.

 

A fluent French speaker, her 30-year career in the industry began as a Research then Marketing Assistant with ICI Films.  Kate joined the Rare Earths Division of Meldform Metals Limited becoming the European Sales Manager and then Business Manager of its Germanium division with product, planning, and profit responsibility for this international business.

Liran Mallar

Liran Mallar

Group Director of HR and PR - 2M Holdings Group

Liran Maller is the Group Director of HR and PR for the 2M Holdings Group, a portfolio of Life Science companies headquartered in the UK and with an international presence in Benelux, Brazil, China, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Ireland, Poland and Scandinavia.

Liran is also Chair of 2M Manufacturing, home of Crafted, which makes independent beauty brands.

Liran founded the award winning 2M STEM programme in 2016 to increase access to STEM careers for people of all backgrounds and ages. She is a passionate advocate for making the workplace work for everyone, through flexible working policies, wellbeing initiatives and talent management. Liran also founded the 2M Academy and 2M Future Leaders’ programme, to increase access to training for all staff.

Mollie Williams

Mollie Williams

Technical Sales Manager UK & Benelux - Nordmann U.K.

Mollie is a Chemist by education and a Technical Sales Manager by profession, working in the Chemical Distribution Industry for 5 years. With a passion for people and a competitive drive for success, she is responsible for the UK & Benelux Monomers division at Nordmann, a leading international chemical distribution company. As the current Chair of the Chemical Business Association’s Future Council, Mollie is committed to encouraging younger talent to dive right into the Chemical world with a focus on showcasing the wide range of opportunities available and the skills needed to succeed.

Richard Lock

Richard Lock

Managing Director, Holiferm ltd

Richard is an experienced director, being in industry for 19 years, originally starting his career in the laboratories and progressed through his career by working in countries all over the global, he last role commercially led Libra Speciality chemicals growth of a £28.5M chemical portfolio, including building and executing a business case for 36kta betaine plant and agreeing supply contracts for 1000s tonnes. Now At Holiferm is building an innovating bio-surfactant plant to prove that Green doesn’t have to cost the Earth.

Hannah Drake

Hannah Drake

Customer Experience Specialist – Crafted Ltd

Hannah Drake is the Customer Experience Specialist at Crafted, part of the 2M Group of Companies. Crafted is a new entrant to the personal care industry, which has been created to help start up brands get their ideas from concept to consumer. Crafted offer everything from raw material consultancy, formulation design, branding and artwork, legislative and regulatory advice right through to scale up manufacturing at their new production facility in Milton Keynes.

With a passion for fragrance and a deep understanding of the personal care industry, she has played a pivotal role in helping start-up brands bring their ideas to life. Hannah’s enthusiasm for her role extends to sales, where she is dedicated to building strong relationships with customers and being an advocate for enabling brands to grow.  Her commitment to the industry is further evidenced by her recent appointment as Vice Chair for the CBA’s Future Council and completion of the 2M Accelerator Programme.

With a Law Degree and an MSc in Business Management, Hannah is well-equipped to navigate the complex landscape of the personal care industry. Her drive and passion have made her an invaluable asset to Crafted and the wider 2M Group, and she is well-respected by colleagues and customers alike. Hannah’s leadership in developing the new Fragrance centre in Milton Keynes is a testament to her innovative thinking and her dedication to excellence.

Danish Zaiful Azri

Danish Zaiful Azri

Regulatory and Supply Chain Support - Chemical Business Association

Danish is the Regulatory and Supply Chain support at the CBA.

In this role, he supports the members on regulation, transport, Responsible Care, and environmental topics which drives transparency, knowledge sharing, and collaboration between industry member representatives. Danish holds a master’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Manchester and is an advocate for achieving sustainability targets in the chemical supply chain.

Josh Leech

Josh Leech

Member's Services Representative - Chemical Business Association (CBA)

Josh is a dynamic and enthusiastic individual who has been a valuable member of the Chemical Business Association for over a year now. With a unique background in Performing Arts, he brings a fresh perspective to his role as Member’s Services Representative.

Josh’s passion for the chemical industry is evident in his work as one of the founding members of the CBA’s Future Council. He is dedicated to increasing the public’s perception of the chemical industry and demonstrating to young people the exciting range of opportunities that the Chemical Supply chain has to offer.