Hydrogen Utopia International appoints Simon Francis Mann to its Board of Directors as Non-Executive Chairman

– UK, London –  Hydrogen Utopia International PLC (LON: HUI), a company specializing in turning non-recyclable mixed waste plastic into hydrogen and other carbon-free fuels, new materials, or distributed renewable heat, today announced the appointment of Simon Francis Mann to its Board as Non-Executive Chairman with immediate effect. Guy Peters, who was the Executive Chairman of the Company, remains an executive Director of the Board.

About Simon Francis Mann

Simon Francis Mann has over 10 years of military experience with the British Army and a further 10 years as a contractor with different Private Military Companies.

Simon joined the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst in 1970 and was commissioned into the Scots Guards in 1972. From 1978 – 1981, Simon was an officer in the Special Air Service. Simon has served in a variety of deployments during his time with the British Army including in Germany, Norway, Cyprus, Northern Ireland, and the Middle East. Simon left the British Army with qualifications in programming and systems analysis & design.

Simon’s key PMC assignments took place between 1992 – 1998 and were in Angola and Sierra Leone. In Angola, Simon worked with a South African PMC, known as Executive Owas outcomes, and was hired by the Angolan government to defeat l’Unione Nazionale per l’Indipendenza Totale dell’ Angola. Simon played a key role in the Battle of Soyo, in which Executive Outcomes defeated UNITA and recaptured the offshore oil industry operating base of Soyo. It was Simon who initially won the Angola contract for Executive Outcomes. Thereafter, he was the key salesman for the contracts which followed.

In Sierra Leone, Simon was involved in the civil war between the Sierra Leone Government and the Revolutionary United Front. Simon again worked with Executive Outcomes and a UK PMC, known as Sandline International, and was hired by the Sierra Leone Government to help defeat the RUF. Simon was instructed defense the defense of Freetown when the RUF were pushed back from the capital city.

From the 80s onwards, on occasion and predominantly in the oil and mining sector, Simon applied his military skills to corporate roles and consultancy assignments. A key achieve roll out of a large investment program for a Canadian diamond mining company – DiamondWorks Ltd – for the restoration of closed mines and the building of new ones in Angola and Sierra Leone in the mid to late 90s. In 2013, Simon led a defense and security audit and report for the Somaliland government. This followed the withdrawal of a large UK company quoted on the UK stock exchange which had declared force majeure and then precipitously withdrawn from their oil program and commitments in Somaliland.

Simon also has experience with fundraising for start-ups. In the 80s, Simon was involved in raising funds for 2 UK companies Simon co-founded. The companies were involved in the sale of microcomputers to the security and defense industry and in security consultancy, respectively.

Simon Francis Mann said: “Turning plastic waste into hydrogen has to be the most useful business sector in which I could apply my energy and ability. HUI is at the forefront of its sector, and I am very excited by the prospects of the company. Having had experience in the extractive industries of mining and oil and gas it may seem surprising that I am now turned green. However, what HUI is about is part of that same cycle: waste plastics – with which the world is awash – come from oil in the first place, while HUI turns that waste plastic back into usable fuel.”

About Hydrogen Utopia International PLC

HUI aims to become one of the leading new European companies specializing in turning non-recyclable mixed waste plastic into hydrogen and other carbon-free fuels, new materials, or distributed renewable heat.

A HUI facility uses non-recyclable mixed waste plastic as feedstock and turns it into syngas from which new products and energy can be produced. HUI anticipates that its revenues will be derived from a variety of sources, dependent upon the location and configuration of the HUI facilities, including the sale of syngas, hydrogen, and other gases, electricity, and heat sales, and the payment to it of fees for a given quantity of non-recyclable mixed waste plastic received at a HUI facility.

HUI will target areas where there is significant private sector interest or potential, financial backing I,s accessible, and or where substantial government-fundament funded sources of grants and loans are or may be available. The global increase in fossil fuel-based energy prices reinforces the need for alternative, price-competitive energy sources, which HUI’s business model can provide.

For more information: https://www.hydrogenutopia.eu/

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