Our aim is to bring Creative Energy to Important Issues. We specialise in the areas of Strategy, Business Development and Training, providing strategic and commercial advice to help businesses compete profitably in today’s more volatile global markets

Paul Hodges is a trusted adviser to major companies and investors, and serves as a Global Expert with the World Economic Forum. Paul is a popular speaker at international conferences, and writes regularly for the Financial Times and other leading media. He has been widely recognised for his pioneering work in identifying the impact of ageing BabyBoomers on the economy, and for his foresight in warning of the 2008 financial crisis..
Paul is also non-executive Chairman of NiTech Solutions and Chairman of ReadyforBrexit. Prior to launching IeC in 2001, Paul worked in senior positions for Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) in the UK and USA, and was Executive Director of a $1 billion ICI business.
He is a Member of the Energy Institute and a Freeman of the City of London. He is a graduate of the University of York, and studied with the IMD business school in Switzerland.

David Hughes supports companies who are seeking to transform their business and improve their leadership capabilities.
He focuses on providing advice and support in 3 key areas – Business portfolio development via acquisition, divestment and investment; Post-merger integration; Talent development via growing effective leadership skills
David is also CEO of ReadyforBrexit.  He previously held senior executive positions with SABIC, Huntsman and ICI, where he led a range of global $1bn+ businesses based in the Middle East, Europe and the USA. He led SABIC’s global business redesign programme in 2009.
He also served on a number of industry bodies, including as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Petrochemicals Europe, the Asian Clean Fuels Association and the Methanol Institute.
Hans Rovers helps companies to improve their sustainability profile in line with shareholders long term ambitions.
Hans has Board and Executive Committee experience with large multinationals and smaller enterprises. He also has extensive industry association experience and has led several cross-discipline industry initiatives.
Previously Hans was Global Director, Sustainability at LyondellBasell and a board member of Quality Circular Polymers – an innovative circular plastics business in the Netherlands – and Ethylene Pipeline Sud in Germany. He led many of the LyondellBasell businesses at some point during his career.

John Lawrence is widely recognized in the chemical Industry as a leader in purchasing excellence.  Prior to joining IeC, John had over 30 years experience in DuPont in Europe, USA and Asia, where he held senior positions in marketing, manufacturing, Business Management and Trading. His last position in DuPont, was in the management of DuPont’s Global Purchasing Function, where he led a team responsible for an over $1.5bn raw materials portfolio.
He has extensive M&A experience, particularly in due diligence and the on-going contractual relationships with the seller. His most recent experience has been in leading the restructuring of the purchasing function in a major privately owned chemical company in Europe and USA.  John holds a PhD in polymer chemistry and studied Finance at INSEAD in France.

Ralf Kuhlmann focuses on management and M&A support, as well as on the key area of operational and management integration.
He was previously Business Director, Basic Chemicals with ExxonMobil, where he was responsible for Marketing & Sales, Planning, Feedstocks, and Supply Chain optimisation, for the European business.
Ralf also represented ExxonMobil on a number of industry bodies, and was President of the Association of Petrochemical Producers in Europe (APPE), as well as being a Member of CEFIC’s Energy, HS&E and Logistics Program Council, and an EPCA Board Member.
He is an adviser to German industry associations.

Bob Townsend specialises in the lower olefins, principally ethylene and propylene, and in polyolefin plastics.
Previously, Bob worked for Shell Chemicals, covering a range of commercial roles in basic petrochemicals and polyolefins, including as Business Manager, Lower Olefins, for Shell Chemicals Europe. He played a fundamental role in the consolidation of Shell Chemicals basic chemicals business during the severe recession of the early 90’s,  and led the negotiations with Himont on monomer issues that led to the formation of Montell.  He also has considerable global experience, having worked for 5 years in the Middle East, and for 3 years in Asia.

Andy Gibbins has extensive experience in manufacturing within the chemical and process industries.  He has successfully managed a wide range of projects including contract negotiations, cost/productivity optimisation studies, union agreements, organisational redesigns, waste reduction programmes, the development/implementation of performance incentive schemes, and site closure projects.  In addition, he has advised ‘deal teams’ on technology, manufacturing and process issues.
Previously Andy was a Site Manager for NOVA Innovene in the UK and France.  Before this, he worked in a variety of technical and manufacturing roles for Shell Chemicals from 1986 – 1999.  Andy is a Chemical Engineer, and is a chartered member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers.  He is a fluent French speaker.

 George Smith is also a director of ReadyforBrexit and has over 30 years’ experience in the oil, gas and chemical industry with BP and BOC.
Since leaving BP in 2008 he has undertaken a number of consulting projects covering NGL’s, refining and chemicals advising on strategy, M&A and investment opportunities.
He is a Chartered Chemical Engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers UK.

John Moss has many years experience in commercial/business management in the specialty chemicals and polymers industry.
His main focus is on helping companies to gain new business in Europe & Asia, and in designing/implementing effective innovation programmes.  He is also a director of ReadyforBrexit.
He is retained by the UK government’s Department of International Trade to advise on foreign direct investment, outward direct investment and trade. Previously, John was CEO of a UK-based SME, and before this held senior positions with Synthomer and ICI.
He is a Chartered Chemical Engineer and is fluent in Dutch and German.
 Paul Henderson is also a director of ReadyforBrexit.
He was previously Director, Strategic Accounts with Univar, and specialises in the distribution and logistics sectors. He has a proven record of achieving significant performance improvement in a wide range of businesses.
He is based in Switzerland and is fluent in French, German and Spanish – and proficient in Italian – in addition to English.