Accsys Technologies PLC (AIM: AXS, NYSE Euronext Amsterdam: AXS), the chemical technology group, is delighted to announce the appointment of Sue Farr and Sean Christie as Non-Executive Directors of the Company with effect from 27 November 2014. 

Sue Farr is a highly experienced marketing and communications professional and has been part of the  executive management team at Chime Communications plc since 2003. Prior to that, she was Europe MD of leading PR firm, Golin Harris, the BBC’s first ever Director of Marketing and Communications, and Director of Corporate Affairs for Thames Television. 

She is also a Non-Executive Director of Dairy Crest Group plc and Millennium & Copthorne Hotels plc, a former Non-Executive Director of Motivcom plc and a former Trustee of the Historic Royal Palaces from 2007-2013.

Sue has been Chairman of both the Marketing Group of Great Britain and The Marketing Society. She was voted Advertising Woman of the Year in 1997 and awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Bedfordshire in 2010.

Sean Christie is currently Group Finance Director of Croda International plc, a global manufacturer of speciality chemicals. He is a Non-Executive Director of Applied Graphene Materials plc and Eminate Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of The University of Nottingham. 

Prior to joining Croda in 2006, Sean was Group Finance Director of Northern Foods plc. He also served as a Non-Executive Director of KCOM Group plc until 2007 and of Cherry Valley Farms Limited until its sale in 2010. 

Sean is also a Fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and the Association of Corporate Treasurers. He has extensive knowledge of all aspects of finance and strategy in major businesses and is an experienced Audit Committee Chairman.

Both Sue and Sean have also been appointed to both the Nomination and Remuneration Committee and Audit Committee of the Company, with Sean Christie taking over the Chair of the Audit Committee with immediate effect.

Accsys’ Chairman, Patrick Shanley commented: “I am delighted to welcome Sue and Sean to the Board. Their appointments add strength and diversity to our current Board of Directors. The fact that we have been able to attract individuals of Sue and Sean’s calibre to the Company speaks volumes about what Accsys has achieved recently and the potential of our business. I look forward to working alongside them and have no doubt they will add significant value to the Company. 

About Accsys Technologies PLC

Accsys Technologies is a chemical technology group whose primary focus is on the production of Accoya® wood and technology licensing via its subsidiary, Titan Wood Limited, which has manufacturing operations in Arnhem, the Netherlands (through its subsidiary Titan Wood B.V.), a European office in Windsor, United Kingdom, and an American office in Dallas, Texas (via its subsidiary Titan Wood, Inc). All group subsidiaries are ultimately 100% owned by Accsys and trade as Accsys Technologies.  Any references in this announcement to agreements with Accsys shall mean agreements with either Accsys or its subsidiary entities unless otherwise specified.  Accsys Technologies PLC is listed on the London Stock Exchange AIM market and on Euronext Amsterdam by NYSE Euronext, under the symbols ‘AXS’.

Accsys’ operations comprise three principal business units:

  •  Accoya® wood production;
  • technology development, focused on a programme of continuous development of and improvements to the process engineering and operating protocols for the acetylation of solid wood and the development of technology for the acetylation of wood elements;
  • the licensing of technology for the production of Accoya® wood and Tricoya® wood elements across the globe.

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