PANEL Q&A SESSION

PRODUCT REALISATION & COMMERCIALISATION - Hosted by OCCA: The Oil & Colour Chemists’ Association

Guest Panellist

Paul SheppardLaboratory Manager - HMG Paints

Time & Location

Thursday: 13.00 to 14.00, Stage 1

About this session:

Panel Q&A session on “Product Realisation & Commercialisation”

Scientists can take a pragmatic and methodical approach to development projects, and sometimes serendipity helps us, or we just find interesting new raw materials that can be used to create novel surface coatings. Most developments are customer/ demand led, others are proactive/blue sky, or reactionary due to regulatory pressures, but how do we get our good ideas to market?

Panel Session: A representative panel of people involved with various aspects of the coatings industry and directly involved with new product development will give a brief overview of their perspective on this wide ranging subject.
Followed by questions to the panel from the floor, exploring the subjects raised.

Host : Graham Armstrong – OCCA President (Sales and Technology Mentor, Indestructible Paint Limited)

Latest Speakers/Panellists include:

  • Graham Armstrong – President, OCCA
  • Paul Sheppard, Laboratory Manager – HMG Paints
  • Dr Con Rob McElroy, Post-Doctoral Fellow – University of York

Panellist Bio

Paul Sheppard is currently the Laboratory Manager for HMG Paints Limited, and part of the Senior Management board of the largest independent industrial paint manufacturer in the UK.

Paul gained a joint honours degree (Chemistry and Economics) and joined HMG through a Graduate Gateway programme organised by the University of Salford. In his 23 years at HMG Paul has experienced many facets of the business starting within the Colour Library, working with pigments and colourants, moving on to Quality Control and then Quality Assurance.

Paul gained most of his paint and regulatory knowledge during his formative years within Quality Assurance, from fixing paint problems to authoring quality manuals and co-ordinating REACH activities. Finally given his experience Paul settled into a research role and headed-up major development projects gaining the company’s largest customer, before finally managing the Laboratory.

Paul has always been an avid OCCA supporter and has worked at a local level as a Manchester Section Committee member, Secretary and Chairman, and more recently as Honorary Secretary and President Elect at Council level.