Meet the Team

 
  Giorgia Cacace    Business Development Manager and Strategic Partnerships   Giorgia's role at Hexigone is Business Development Manager & Strategic Partnerships, alongside which she's studying the Executive MBA at Cardiff University. For the past three years, Giorgia has consulted with several "hard-tech" companies in the steel industry, shaping the direction of their business-level and business development strategies, and improving the quality and longevity of their client relationships. She initially graduated in International Politics from City, University of London, which led her into research within UK Parliament, Westminster. Outside the office, Giorgia is a volunteer for the Cinnamon Trust and the Vegan Society.

Giorgia Cacace

Business Development Manager and Strategic Partnerships

Giorgia's role at Hexigone is Business Development Manager & Strategic Partnerships, alongside which she's studying the Executive MBA at Cardiff University. For the past three years, Giorgia has consulted with several "hard-tech" companies in the steel industry, shaping the direction of their business-level and business development strategies, and improving the quality and longevity of their client relationships. She initially graduated in International Politics from City, University of London, which led her into research within UK Parliament, Westminster. Outside the office, Giorgia is a volunteer for the Cinnamon Trust and the Vegan Society.

  Dr Patrick Dodds    CEO and Founder   Patrick is an Honorary Research Fellow within the College of Engineering, Swansea University - he studied Chemistry for his first degree and subsequently worked within environmental chemistry and pharmaceutical science research before specialising in corrosion and coatings. He holds an MRes in Steel Technology and an EngD in Materials Engineering. His research has been published in peer reviewed journals and presented at leading international conferences, including invited lectures at the European Coating Technology Conference. In addition, he was a finalist in 2015 and a winner in 2017, in an international innovation competition, one of only 50 teams selected from over 5000 global entries. Patrick has had a prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Fellowship, which involved intensive business training, focusing on growing start-ups into sustainable companies.

Dr Patrick Dodds

CEO and Founder

Patrick is an Honorary Research Fellow within the College of Engineering, Swansea University - he studied Chemistry for his first degree and subsequently worked within environmental chemistry and pharmaceutical science research before specialising in corrosion and coatings. He holds an MRes in Steel Technology and an EngD in Materials Engineering. His research has been published in peer reviewed journals and presented at leading international conferences, including invited lectures at the European Coating Technology Conference. In addition, he was a finalist in 2015 and a winner in 2017, in an international innovation competition, one of only 50 teams selected from over 5000 global entries. Patrick has had a prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Fellowship, which involved intensive business training, focusing on growing start-ups into sustainable companies.

  Ella Newington    Marketing Manager   Ella is the Marketing Manager at Hexigone. She has 7 years' experience putting together multi-channel campaigns in events, e-commerce, charity and industry environments. She studied Economics at University and also holds a Professional Diploma in Digital Marketing (from the Institute of Digital Marketing). She particularly enjoys the data driven aspect of digital marketing where her creative and analytical skills combine to tweak and maximise campaigns. When she's not marketing, you'll find her shaking off excess energy on the netball court or conjuring-up something on the sewing machine or in the kitchen.

Ella Newington

Marketing Manager

Ella is the Marketing Manager at Hexigone. She has 7 years' experience putting together multi-channel campaigns in events, e-commerce, charity and industry environments. She studied Economics at University and also holds a Professional Diploma in Digital Marketing (from the Institute of Digital Marketing). She particularly enjoys the data driven aspect of digital marketing where her creative and analytical skills combine to tweak and maximise campaigns. When she's not marketing, you'll find her shaking off excess energy on the netball court or conjuring-up something on the sewing machine or in the kitchen.

  Phil Buck:    Founder Sunnybarn Investments Ltd & Hexigone Board Member   Phil is a valued member of the Hexigone Board. He has a BA and MA in History; and an MBA; as well as 40+ years of experience within the industrial coatings industry. His successful career includes senior management roles at some of the leading coatings companies as well as 20+ years as the major shareholder and CEO of the Spencer Coating Group. Phil helped to build this company through acquisitions and organic growth to be the largest independent UK coatings manufacturer before selling to industry giant, NYSE listed Axalta Coating Systems. Phil’s strengths are business development, technology development, mergers and acquisitions. He relaxes by watching Brecon play rugby and cruising the U.K. canal system on his narrowboat.

Phil Buck:

Founder Sunnybarn Investments Ltd & Hexigone Board Member

Phil is a valued member of the Hexigone Board. He has a BA and MA in History; and an MBA; as well as 40+ years of experience within the industrial coatings industry. His successful career includes senior management roles at some of the leading coatings companies as well as 20+ years as the major shareholder and CEO of the Spencer Coating Group. Phil helped to build this company through acquisitions and organic growth to be the largest independent UK coatings manufacturer before selling to industry giant, NYSE listed Axalta Coating Systems. Phil’s strengths are business development, technology development, mergers and acquisitions. He relaxes by watching Brecon play rugby and cruising the U.K. canal system on his narrowboat.

  Calvin Richards    New Products Development Manager   Calvin is head of production and the scale-up operations of Hexigone’s pigment systems. He recently submitted his Engineering Doctorate thesis, which focused on researching chrome-free corrosion inhibitor technology. Calvin joined the team on the back of 4 years in research at Swansea University, having previously attained a BEng in Material Science and Engineering. Outside of work he can be found casting off by the side of a river or practicing his saxophone.

Calvin Richards

New Products Development Manager

Calvin is head of production and the scale-up operations of Hexigone’s pigment systems. He recently submitted his Engineering Doctorate thesis, which focused on researching chrome-free corrosion inhibitor technology. Calvin joined the team on the back of 4 years in research at Swansea University, having previously attained a BEng in Material Science and Engineering. Outside of work he can be found casting off by the side of a river or practicing his saxophone.

  Ffion Stockden    Administrative & Finance Assistant   Ffion works part-time at Hexigone to keep the team running smoothly through her cool, calm attention to detail! She has many strings to her bow and studied Marketing & Communications at University as well as currently training to be a Paramedic. Ffion loves music and animals - so outside of work, you’ll see her at a gig or walking her dog, Sheldon.

Ffion Stockden

Administrative & Finance Assistant

Ffion works part-time at Hexigone to keep the team running smoothly through her cool, calm attention to detail! She has many strings to her bow and studied Marketing & Communications at University as well as currently training to be a Paramedic. Ffion loves music and animals - so outside of work, you’ll see her at a gig or walking her dog, Sheldon.

  Alex Neilsen     Technical & Business Development Lead   Alex leads on the technical and business development at Hexigone. After studying a degree in materials engineering he took on a PhD researching anti-corrosion technologies with The Royal Mint at Swansea University. Over the past few years, he has worked with Hexigone developing and aligning novel coatings in the context of prospective customers; as well as delivering his research at various international conferences.

Alex Neilsen

Technical & Business Development Lead

Alex leads on the technical and business development at Hexigone. After studying a degree in materials engineering he took on a PhD researching anti-corrosion technologies with The Royal Mint at Swansea University. Over the past few years, he has worked with Hexigone developing and aligning novel coatings in the context of prospective customers; as well as delivering his research at various international conferences.

  Dr Gerry Ronan CEng FlnstP    Director of Commercialisation, Swansea University   Gerry is Managing Director of Swansea Innovations Ltd and Director of Commercialisation for Swansea University. Prior to his current position Gerry held several senior management positions in the private sector. He has been responsible for many successful commercialisation projects, including taking a University start-up, developing it into an investable proposition trading profitably across 24 countries before selling the company in 2011.

Dr Gerry Ronan CEng FlnstP

Director of Commercialisation, Swansea University

Gerry is Managing Director of Swansea Innovations Ltd and Director of Commercialisation for Swansea University. Prior to his current position Gerry held several senior management positions in the private sector. He has been responsible for many successful commercialisation projects, including taking a University start-up, developing it into an investable proposition trading profitably across 24 countries before selling the company in 2011.

  Emily Radley    Product Development Manager, Coatings and Formulations   Emily has recently joined the team as Product Development Manager at Hexigone. Her original background is in Chemistry but she has spent the last four years researching and developing solutions to stress whitening in coatings systems; this means she will soon hold a doctorate in watching paint dry! Emily commits her spare time to developing and leading STEM outreach and engagement activities, as well as playing a variety of board games.

Emily Radley

Product Development Manager, Coatings and Formulations

Emily has recently joined the team as Product Development Manager at Hexigone. Her original background is in Chemistry but she has spent the last four years researching and developing solutions to stress whitening in coatings systems; this means she will soon hold a doctorate in watching paint dry! Emily commits her spare time to developing and leading STEM outreach and engagement activities, as well as playing a variety of board games.

  Mr Owen Sennit   Mr. Owen Sennitt serves as the Chairman of Wales Environmental Limited, as well as a Non-Executive Director of Comply Serve Limited and Mediary Limited. He has over 20 years experience as a corporate finance Advisor and then as a venture capitalist in the Welsh market. He has led investment of over £46 million of venture capital in over thirty deals with the vast majority being Welsh based businesses. He was on the Boards of various investments of Wales Fund Managers including Excelerate Technology and Nightingale Care Beds. Mr. Sennitt is a qualified Chartered Accountant. He holds a B.Sc. in Economics and Accountancy with honors from Loughborough University.

Mr Owen Sennit

Mr. Owen Sennitt serves as the Chairman of Wales Environmental Limited, as well as a Non-Executive Director of Comply Serve Limited and Mediary Limited. He has over 20 years experience as a corporate finance Advisor and then as a venture capitalist in the Welsh market. He has led investment of over £46 million of venture capital in over thirty deals with the vast majority being Welsh based businesses. He was on the Boards of various investments of Wales Fund Managers including Excelerate Technology and Nightingale Care Beds. Mr. Sennitt is a qualified Chartered Accountant. He holds a B.Sc. in Economics and Accountancy with honors from Loughborough University.