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Dr Simon GrantProject Manager at Thomas Swan & Co. Ltd

Simon gained his BSc in Applied Chemistry (Brunel University) and MSc in New Polymer Synthesis (University of Lancaster) before studying for a PhD at University of Warwick.

After his PhD Simon joined BP Chemicals in Hull in 1991 where his roles included Process Development, Speciality Chemical manufacture and Technical Service.

After 5 years, Simon joined Victrex Manufacturing Ltd. as Process Improvement Chemist. Simon’s career progression resulted in him leading R & D Process Development and support activities at three Victrex sites (Rotherham, Seal Sands and Hillhouse). In 2007, Simon completed a part time two year Executive MBA at Lancaster University.

Simon joined Thomas Swan & Co. Ltd. in 2013 where he leads Research and Development for Performance Chemicals, Custom Manufacture and Green Feather Innovations business divisions. His focus is to develop R & D capabilities to support strategic commercial and sustainability goals. Simon is the lead contact for external academic collaborations, as part of Thomas Swan’s open innovation strategy.

As Sustainability Project Manager, Simon co-ordinates Sustainability related activities at Consett and he sits on the Sustainability Steering Group of the CIA where he inputs an SME’s perspective to the Group.

Simon’s 30+ year career in Chemical manufacturing has been recognised by the award of Honorary Professor of Chemistry by University of Nottingham.