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.

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.

Ruth Bowley    Scale-Up and Manufacturing Technician   Ruth has recently joined the Hexigone team to work with Emily and Alex in the labs. She holds a BSc in Physics and is finishing MSc in Photochemistry where she used a high powered laser to study photovoltaics. Ruth is splitting her time between practicing science and writing about it as she is an aspiring sci-fi writer and uses what she knows of current technology to imagine the future.

Ruth Bowley

Scale-Up and Manufacturing Technician

Ruth has recently joined the Hexigone team to work with Emily and Alex in the labs. She holds a BSc in Physics and is finishing MSc in Photochemistry where she used a high powered laser to study photovoltaics. Ruth is splitting her time between practicing science and writing about it as she is an aspiring sci-fi writer and uses what she knows of current technology to imagine the future.

Dr Gerry Ronan CEng FlnstP    Director of Commercialisation, Swansea University   Gerry is the 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 the 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.

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.

Phil Buck    Fdr Sunnybarn Invest 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

Fdr Sunnybarn Invest 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.

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    Chairman   Owen is a Chartered Accountant and corporate financier with 30 years experience in London, the South West and South Wales. He has led the investment of over £200m of private equity in his time with 3i, Wales Fund Managers, Lloyds Integrated Finance and Chord Capital, with the much of it being in Welsh based transactions. In addition to Hexigone, Owen is Chair at Wales Environmental, a waste management company, and Quantum Advisory, an employee benefit and pensions advisory business, and is co-founder of ProPractices Advisory, which focusses on advising dentists, vets and pharmacies. He also holds a B.Sc (Hons) in Economics and Accountancy from Loughborough University.

Mr Owen Sennit

Chairman

Owen is a Chartered Accountant and corporate financier with 30 years experience in London, the South West and South Wales. He has led the investment of over £200m of private equity in his time with 3i, Wales Fund Managers, Lloyds Integrated Finance and Chord Capital, with the much of it being in Welsh based transactions. In addition to Hexigone, Owen is Chair at Wales Environmental, a waste management company, and Quantum Advisory, an employee benefit and pensions advisory business, and is co-founder of ProPractices Advisory, which focusses on advising dentists, vets and pharmacies. He also holds a B.Sc (Hons) in Economics and Accountancy from Loughborough University.