A career in science came quite naturally to me as I love problem-solving and the thrill of understanding “things” to greater and greater depth.
During my undergraduate degree in the Colour and Polymer Chemistry Department at the University of Leeds, I undertook a placement year in the speciality chemicals sector working on catalogue synthesis and flavours and fragrance compounds at Endeavour Speciality Chemicals (now part of Robinson Brothers). In the following year I decided to pursue a PhD in Organic Chemistry at the University of Manchester in what I see as the toughest area of research: natural product synthesis. During these four years and a post-doctoral placement, I presented my work in peer-reviewed journals and at international conferences as far away as São Paulo, Brazil. By this point, I was itching for a brand new challenge and the opportunity to take my existing skills into a whole new arena.
Working my way through a household recruitment brand to Executive Consultant, operating in the broadly defined Scientific sector of the North Eastern region of England, Andrew and Dan offered me the chance to focus solely on the UK-wide speciality chemicals sector. Given my background I think this is where my strengths lie and I will be really pleased to speak to you as either a candidate or client.