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Innovation Priorities for the Chemical Using Industries

Carol Boyer-Spooner, CEO, Chemistry Innovation Knowledge Transfer Network/International Business Leaders Forum

Wednesday 23 October 2013, 1200-1500

Carol Boyer-Spooner Carol Boyer-Spooner

Venue: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences Meeting Room 1

Chemicals Northwest is the industry-led, chemical cluster support organisation for the £10 billion North West chemical sector, the largest in the UK, and works in partnership with both the private and public sectors. The talk will give an overview of the innovation priorities for the chemical sector.

Originally from Melbourne, Carol started her career at ICI Australia where she held various commercial roles in several of the ICI businesses. Carol then re-located to Singapore when she was appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) of ICI Paints Asia. In 1999 Carol moved to England as COO of ICI Decorative Paints Europe before joining Chemicals Northwest, a regional government initiative, in August 2003.

Carol's current role is leading a team of people to connect Industry, Academia and Government in the UK. The development and delivery of the National Strategy for the chemistry-using industries is vital to the success of Chemistry innovation. Carol is also on the Advisory Boards for Chemistry World, a publication of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Manchester University School of Chemistry, and Knowledge Centre for Material Chemistry, Intelligent Formulation Board, The Industrial Biotechnology Leadership Forum and chair of the METRC Industry Advisory Board.

In her leisure time, Carol enjoys entertaining, good food, good wine and all sports including cricket, golf, tennis, skiing, basketball, netball and of course Australian Rules Football.