Robert John Goddard
Robert Goddard joined the board as Non-Executive Chairman in January 2008. A chartered engineer, Robert was on the board of Burmah Castrol until March 2000 as Group Development Director having previously managed its worldwide fuels business and a substantial part of its chemicals business. He subsequently joined Amberley Group plc in November 2000 as Chief Executive, where he turned around its four speciality chemical subsidiaries. More recently he has undertaken a number of advisory and turnaround assignments. In addition, he is Chairman of AIM-quoted Universe Group plc and of New Trend Lifestyle plc. He is an active investor in, and supporter of a number of early-stage technology companies. Robert chairs the Risk Committee and is a member of the IP Committee.
Philip David Kirkham
Chief Executive Officer
Philip Kirkham was appointed Chief Executive Officer in September 2012. Before joining Hardide, since 2008, he held CEO positions in private equity backed Material Advantage Group which supplies machined metal components to the oil and gas industry, and at an industrial lighting company. Previously he held senior management positions at Firth Rixson Ltd and Rolls Royce plc. Philip is a chartered engineer and a European engineer (Eur Ing) with a BSc in Chemical Engineering and an MSc in Advanced Manufacturing Management. He is a fellow of both the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Institution of Engineering and Technology. Philip is a member of the Risk Committee and of the IP Committee.
Peter Neil Davenport
Peter Davenport was appointed Finance Director and a board director of Hardide plc in March 2006. He joined Hardide in June 2005 as Financial Controller bringing ten years financial management experience. Previously he was Financial Controller at the UK subsidiary of NYSE-listed global coatings company Valspar Corporation. Peter is an associate of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. Peter is a member of the Risk Committee.
Dr Yuri Nikolaevich Zhuk
Dr Yuri Zhuk is a co-founder of Hardide plc and is currently responsible for the company’s technology, R&D, patenting, production improvement and applications development programmes. Dr Zhuk started his career as a scientist and later became a technology entrepreneur gaining over 20 years of successful international technology business experience. He holds an MSc (with Distinction) in Physics and a PhD degree in Plasma Physics and Chemistry from the Lomonosov Moscow State University, and an MBA from the UK Open University. He is the author of several patents and scientific and technical publications, and has presented Hardide at leading international conferences. Yuri chairs the IP Committee.
William Yale Zakroff
William Zakroff joined the board of Hardide plc in June 2007. Based in Houston, Texas, he is a co-founder and Executive Director in several ventures including DeepDriver LLC and Smart OES LLC. "Zak" also continues to provide international business development and general management consulting services under Zakroff Group LP and is on the advisory board of Ingenero Inc. Prior to founding Zakroff Group in 1984, he held various management positions within the advanced materials group of the General Electric Company (US) which included the world’s largest manufacturer of tungsten carbide and diamond materials used in oilfield and mining equipment. Zak chairs the Audit Committee and is a member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee.
Andrew Richard Boyce
Andrew Boyce joined the board of Hardide plc in June 2012. Andrew represents a family shareholding with a 24.75% interest in the Group's issued share capital: the family having been an investor in the Group since 2003. Since 1987, Andrew has been involved in the management and growth of numerous family businesses. These encompass farming, property and other commercial activities. After graduating in 1984 with a Diploma in Agriculture and Estate Management from the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester, Andrew worked in commercial property sales and lettings, and development site appraisals and acquisitions. Andrew chairs the Remuneration and Nomination Committee and is a member of the Audit Committee.