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Meet the Committee

Chair's message

Welcome to the Yorkshire and the Humber Regional Group. We serve a region with a vibrant chemicals sector, particularly in the Humber region. We are home to internationally-renowned centres of excellence focussed on alternative crops, green chemistry and chemical education. This expertise in biology and chemistry is now integrated with new research in production and processing which will bring new outlooks within our industry.

The Group organises events that tap into this expertise for both generalist and expert audiences. We also run events for schools and educators across the science sectors. The region is fortunate to have a hub of university chemistry departments in Sheffield, Leeds, Huddersfield, York, Bradford and Hull which have produced Nobel Laureates and the materials that have powered so much development in our society.

The region's outstanding industrial heritage has seen great changes since the rapid evolution of the 1880's. This areas provided the dye houses that arguably started the organic and fine chemical revolution. It has also provided heavy industries such as metal smelting and steel production where chemical innovation has been central to the development of new materials.

Prof Joe Sweeney 
SCI Yorkshire and the Humber Group

Committee biographies and photographs

Joe Sweeney

Prof Joe Sweeney

Vice Chair:
Martin Elliott

Mr Martin Elliott


Mr Terence Lowdon

Martin Elliott

Mr Martin Elliott

Ordinary Members:

Prof John Blacker

Jessica Breen

Dr Jessica Breen


Mr Malcolm Brown


Dr Paul Clarke


Dr Gerhart Goltz

Derek Heywood

Mr Derek Heywood


Prof John Holman

Peter Reineck

Mr Peter Reineck


Dr John Stanford

Prof Clive Thompson

Prof Clive Thompson


Ms Rebecca Wood

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