Our Team

Board Of Directors

FaraPack’s Board of directors includes Professor Tony Ryan, Professor Patrick Fairclough and Professor Steve Armes of the Engineering and Chemistry Faculties of the University of Sheffield. Tony, Patrick and Steve help ensure FaraPack’s links to these faculties and the state of the art developments that are occurring within them.

Professor Patrick Fairclough

Professor Patrick Fairclough

Patrick joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Sheffield in 2013 (moving from Chemistry) to become head of the Composite Systems Innovation Centre (CSIC) group. Patrick has 25 years’ experience in polymer science with a particular focus on the study of polymer crystallisation and the structure-property relationships of polymers. In 2011 Patrick was jointly awarded – with Dr Andrew Parnell – the IChemE “Innovative Product of the Year award” for his work on using block copolymers to produce colour without the use of pigments or dyes; termed structural colour.

Patrick has worked with leading companies – including Unilever, Procter and Gamble, The Dow Chemical Company, Sun Chemicals, ICI and Azko Nobel – to help address degradation and stability issues in a broad number of polymer systems including those used in off-shore wind energy and in biodegradable polymer composites; these two market sectors lie at the heart of government environmental policy.

Prof. Steven P. Armes, FRS

Prof. Steven P. Armes, FRS

Steve is a Director of the Sheffield Polymer Centre and also the Director of the Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Polymers, Soft Matter and Colloids. He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2014.

Steve currently holds a number of collaborations with Industry including with Lubrizol, BASF, P & G, AkzoNobel, Scott Bader, Ashland, GEO Specialty Chemicals and GE Healthcare. Former corporate sponsors include GSK, Unilever, BP, DSM, Syngenta, RB, Cytec, Croda, Courtaulds, FMC, Cabot Corporation, Avecia, Biocompatibles, Elf Atochem and Vivacta.

Steve’s research interests include: stimulus-responsive polymers, living radical polymerisation (e.g. RAFT and ATRP), dispersion polymerisation, emulsion polymerisation, sterically-stabilised latexes, micellar self-assembly, block copolymer vesicles, biocompatible polymers, colloidal nanocomposite particles, pH-responsive microgels, hydrogels for biomedical applications, polymer-based `Pickering´ emulsifiers and particle size analysis techniques for polymer colloids.

Steve has received more than 38 EPSRC grants and has held three consecutive Platform grants; he also holds a £2 million ERC Advanced Investigator grant in the area of polymerisation-induced self-assembly.


Tony Ryan

Professor Tony Ryan (OBE)

Tony leads the University of Sheffield’s programme in sustainability research, across pure and applied sciences, engineering and social sciences. His focus is on the global food, water and energy nexus challenge, feeding a growing world population, reducing the impacts of agriculture and food production that account for 25-30% of greenhouse gas emissions, and harnessing the power of the sun for food production and renewable energy. He has worked with learned societies from The Royal Society to Chatham House and presented at the UNFCCC COP21 in Paris in 2015.

Tony holds BSc in Chemistry and a PhD from the University of Manchester, and has previously held roles including a NATO Research Fellowship at the University of Minnesota and secondment to the Synchrotron Radiation Source at Daresbury. In 1997 he moved to Sheffield and served as Head of Chemistry before becoming the Pro Vice Chancellor for the Faculty of Science from 2008 to 2016. Tony has also delivered the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures and has an OBE for services to science.

Ross McMaster – Company Secretary

Ross McMaster – Company Secretary

Ross specialises in the provision of management accounting services, strategic and business planning, financial forecasting and statutory accounts preparation for SME companies having also been involved in a variety of fundraising transactions for private limited companies and company listings. Ross provides corporate governance guidance whilst holding the position of company secretary and is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

Jim Goulding

Dr. Jim Goulding

Jim has extensive experience in the commercialisation and exploitation of University of Sheffield intellectual property arising from the Science and Engineering Faculties of the institution. Jim has been involved in the incorporation of a number of academic led companies, including Biofouling and Corrosion Control Ltd (BFCC), Material State, Conteque, Blastech, EPTec, (now Leonardo Testing Services Ltd.), LimitState, Full Scale Dynamics and Farapack Polymers Ltd.

In 2009 Jim took semi-retirement, but continues to serve in the role as Chairman for five of these companies. In 2012 Jim was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering by the University of Sheffield in appreciation of his work at the institution.

Polymer Technologist Team:

Andrew Pryke

Dr Andrew Pryke

Andy completed his PhD in Chemistry at the University of Sheffield in 2000. Andy has worked within the Chemical Industry on pilot and production volume polymer synthesis for 20 years and brings a wealth of polymer synthesis experience and engineering knowledge to FaraPack. Andy’s expertise includes the synthesis of highly controlled polymer structures via anionic, RAFT and other controlled radical polymerisations and the synthesis of high performance resins for use in coatings for the Automotive and Aerospace industries.