Paul H. Jones FRSC is the Director of three successful UK businesses concentrating on the design and development of niche specialty polymers and the manufacture of specialist synthetic resins. He has been in the industry for over 35 years, over which time he has been involved in all aspects of his businesses. Whilst responsible for strategic growth and expansion with the associated time and extensive travel obligations, he has maintained responsibility for research and development throughout his career due to his passion, vision, and particular innovative set of skills. Paul is recognised as being one of the UKs most dynamic forward-thinking business leaders, having recently won another plethora of awards including a Queens Award for innovation, an iChemE global award and an array of supplementary awards for innovation, leadership, and supplier excellence. Paul was also listed in the top 100 innovators and he was recently elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, joining a select group of scientists who have made outstanding contributions to the field of chemistry.
In each of his operations, Paul has a core responsibility to determine the strategic direction of the business. Maintaining a dynamic approach to satisfy short-term, and long-term objectives requires the identification of potential hurdles that stem from numerous sources. Now more than ever, this includes political, economic, regulatory, and ecological/environmental challenges. The negative impact we have made to the planet requires rectifying, but of course, there are very few people wanting to reduce their standard of living and the comforts they have grown accustomed to. Paul is targeting the development of products that maintain equivalent economic levels and technical performance, with the drive towards a circular economy. The drive for sustainable performance requires addressing on both a micro and macro scale to be successful. Internal management of resources, waste, and chemical processing with the 12 principles of green chemistry firmly in focus, is coupled with the innovative design of polymers from sustainable feedstocks that do not influence the food chain, offer effective yield, and have high bio content. Of course, it would be considered counter-intuitive to develop green products only to find they contain CMR [Carcinogenic, Mutagenic or Toxic for Reproduction] labelling requirements or acute hazards to human health so products are processed to design out these items. Additionally, feedstocks need to be obtained from areas and organisations that abide by acceptable humanitarian and ethical standards.