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Our Team - Directors...

Our Directors are as follows:



John Haywood - CEO

John is the founder and original MD of Clwyd Compounders. John has a PhD in materials technology (Sheffield, 1979) and has developed his compounding and rubber processing expertise over 34 years of working with suppliers and customers in the industry.

In 2014 he moved to take on the role of C.E.O., to focus on the business’ medium term plan to relocate to the Wrexham Industrial Estate, and in particular the re-design of the production and lab facilities to suit Clwyd’s unique blend of laboratory, development and bulk production work. He retains a strong interest in all technical aspects of the business and will act as technical consultant when required.



Sarah Haywood - Administration Director

Sarah is co-founder of Clwyd Compounders. With a BSc in Chemistry and an MSc in Instrumental Chemical Analysis her initial business focus was on finance, materials procurement and compound development. Realising that the efficient handling of technical information would be vital for the growth of the business, she moved into business systems development, and thence into other aspects of Company administration.

Her focus now is on finance and business development for the longer term, and on developing the family holding company, Clwydian Group Ltd, to ensure that structures are in place which will carry the businesses into the next generation.  



Richard Thomas - Managing Director 

Richard joined Clwyd Compounders in 2008, as general manager, and was appointed to the MD role in January 2011, to provide the professional skills needed to direct the growing business.

Richard brings extensive manufacturing and engineering experience to the role, having developed his career at Perkins Large Engine Division, where he worked in a variety of roles whilst gaining his HNC in business studies, followed by a BA (Hons) in Business Administration. His previous role was as Operations Director for Terex Pegson.



Michael Winrow - Technical Director

Mike joined Clwyd Compounders as a rubber technologist in 2001 from the Unipoly group (Leyland and Birmingham Rubber), having previously worked at Perrite as a polymer technologist and Protector Sabre as quality supervisor. He holds a BSc Hons (polymer science and technology) from Manchester Metropolitan University (1994). He was appointed technical manager in 2006, and technical director in 2014.

His experience covers the full spectrum of rubber products manufacture, including compounding, moulding, extrusion, calendaring, fabrications, sponge, belting and hose.


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