First Graphene strengthens leadership

Dr Andy Goodwin has been appointed Non-Executive Director and will transition to Senior Scientific Advisor, while Mr Paul Ladislaus has been appointed as Chief Technology Officer (CTO). The appointments are expected to bolster delivery of Company’s corporate growth strategy

Dr Goodwin joined First Graphene in 2017 initially as a Technical Advisor before becoming CTO in September 2018. He led the launch of the company’s PureGRAPH® products, established the UK R&D and marketing capabilities and has supported multiple customer engagements.

Andy Goodwin has extensive leadership experience with Sanofi, Dow Corning Corporation and Thomas Swan & Co. Ltd. He has a PhD in polymer chemistry and an MTE Diploma from the IMD Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland. Andy has been actively involved in the development of the graphene materials industry since 2012. He is based in Manchester, UK.

Mr Paul Ladislaus (MA MEng CEng MIChemE VR) will assume the role of CTO effective from 1 July 2020.  He joined the company in November 2018 as Senior Process Engineer and has since led manufacturing process upgrades, product quality programmes and R&D projects in rubber, plastics and supercapacitor technologies.

Paul Ladislaus is a Chartered Chemical Engineer with a Master’s Degree in Engineering from the University of Cambridge, UK.  He has 20 years of experience in a range of operational, design and R&D roles within the Speciality Chemicals Industry – most notably with Huntsman and Thomas Swan & Co. He is based in Manchester, UK.

Dr Andy Goodwin said, “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as CTO when we have strengthened our science and engineering capabilities and established PureGRAPH® as the market leader for graphene quality”.  He added “I have worked with Paul for many years and know him as an excellent process engineer and an exceptional technical leader.  I am confident he will deliver future success for the business.”

Paul Ladislaus said, “I am looking forward to building on Andy’s successes. I am excited about taking on the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead, working alongside the talented, motivated team at First Graphene.”

The application of graphene offers international markets a variety of performance and durability benefits, from sectors including but not limited to energy, rubber, mining, textiles and construction.

Warwick Grigor, Non-Executive Chairman says “This is an important transition for the company.  I am confident Paul will continue to lead us forward as CTO and Andy will add a new dimension to the board with his wide experience of new product commercialisation.  We continue to set the benchmark globally in graphene manufacturing – these appointments are testament to our Company’s strong growth and unique IP”

Dr Goodwin and Mr Ladislaus have been working closely together during the past few months to ensure a seamless and effective transition.