After reading chemistry at Oxford, and working some years for Dow, I joined the family company as Sales Manager in 1968. I helped to diversify the product range away from bitumen additives into polyamides and cationic surfactants, and established an extensive network of export distributors - including a US subsidiary set up with the help of the Government 'Market Entry Guarantee' scheme.
Over the years, I continued to strengthen the product range, both organically and through disposal and acquisition of product lines. We also diversified into step-out technologies from which start-up divisions or companies were founded, developed, and sold - generating capital to underpin the chemical business.
I was treasurer of the Chemical Industries Association for some years, and World Wide President of the Society of Chemical Industry. Thomas Swan, under my leadership, funded and founded, with the Chemical Industry Education Centre at York University, the Children Challenging Industry programme. I was awarded an OBE in 1999 for this work and was honoured as a pioneer by being invited for a special visit to Buckingham Palace in 2003 by HM the Queen. In 2011 I was presented with the Chemical Industries Association Lifetime Achievement Award.