Dr James (Jim) Barber – Independent Non-executive Director
Jim joined the Board on 12 September 2016 and became Chairman on 21 December 2018. Since 2007, he has run his own business consultancy practice Barber Advisors LLC. Prior to this, Jim served as President and CEO of Metabolix, Inc. from January 2000 to May 2007, leading the transformation of Metabolix from a research boutique to a world renowned, highly regarded leader in “clean tech” and industrial biotechnology, with a market cap of over $500m. Prior to joining Metabolix, he had senior commercial roles at the Organometallics and Catalysts business of Albemarle Corporation, Ethyl Corporation, and a number of other chemicals businesses. Jim is a non-executive director of Graham Corporation. He has a BS degree in Chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.