Team category: Management team
Richard is an engineering specialist with more than 10 years’ experience leading process engineering design, scaling chemical processes, and managing international projects. His previous roles have included Engineering Consultant, Continuous Improvement Engineer, and Engineering Design Manager.
In his last role at Johnson Matthey, Richard was responsible for the design, installation and commissioning of process engineering equipment globally for the production of coatings to line automotive catalytic converters.
Author, Anthea Blackburn
Keith Wiggins is the newly announced CEO with Econic. Keith is an advocate for sustainable manufacturing businesses, latterly with early-stage businesses – notably Worn Again Technologies and Nanoco. He started work with ICI in R&D and manufacturing, before progressive commercial and business roles with Dow Chemical located around the world.
Keith is a graduate from Imperial College London, and is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Author, Anthea Blackburn
Jill’s extensive leadership experience has been developed across multiple industries, including the chemical industry at Univar, with roles in supply chain management, engineering working processes, and customer and supplier business relationship management.
Jill joins the leadership team to design develop and establish cost-optimised business processes that will deliver results driven by exceptional customer service.
Dr Michael Kember
Mike is a co-inventor of Econic’s catalysts and has been involved in developing the technology for over 10 years. In this time, he has held personal postdoctoral fellowships from AXA and EPSRC at Imperial College London and completed his PhD thesis in the area of catalysts for CO2 epoxide co-polymerisation.
Mike has an MChem from Oxford University, where he carried out a Masters research project in organometallic catalysis, sponsored by Johnson Matthey.
Prof. Charlotte Williams
Charlotte is a Professor of Inorganic Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Oxford, and is also Econic’s CSO. Her research interests are in the area of catalysis and polymer chemistry, including polymerisation catalysts, CO2 activation, and the catalytic valorisation of renewable resources.
Charlotte’s work has been recognised by awards from the Royal Society of Chemistry (the Meldola Medal, the Energy Environment and Sustainability Award, and the Corday-Morgan Prize), the Bio-Environmental Polymer Society, the UK Catalysis Hub (the Sir John Meurig Thomas Catalysis Medal), and the German Chemical Society (the Otto Roelen Medal). In 2020, Charlotte was awarded an OBE for Services to Chemistry, and in 2021 she was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society. for She trained at Imperial College, the University of Minnesota and the University of Cambridge.