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Adrian Black



Adrian joined Sonichem to lead the transition from its R&D stage into a commercial enterprise. He has extensive experience in successfully founding and scaling early-stage technology ventures and solving the problems they face. Most recently, Adrian founded legal technology company NorthRow Ltd, which he scaled to a Series A+ round as CEO.

Miranda Lindsay-Fynn

Miranda Lindsay-Fynn

commercial Director

Miranda is an experienced entrepreneur with extensive sector experience, she leads go-to-market activities, building commercial relationships with downstream chemical partners. Miranda is also on the Commercial Advisory Board of the IBioIC.

David Dutton



A successful multi sector entrepreneur and a past executive director within a major UK media group DMGT plc. David also acted as a Chairman or Non-Executive Director for several subsidiaries of DMGT, including Zoopla and has been chairman and mentor to multiple early-stage businesses and charities.

Andy West

Dr Andy West

Chief Chemist

Andy is both a Chartered Chemist and a Chartered Scientist and has extensive experience providing innovation consultancy and technology transfer support for SMEs, particularly related to sustainability, waste as a resource and climate change mitigation.

Omar Farooq, Process Engineer Sonichem

Omar Farooq

Principal process engineer

Omar is a Chartered Chemical Engineer with 20+ years’ experience in chemical sites, oil & gas processing and large manufacturing organisations, covering design to commissioning.

Louie Johnson Sonichem

Louie Johnson

Laboratory Manager

Louie has a robust background in organic chemistry and brings a wealth of experience and a dynamic approach to managing laboratory operations and fostering team development.

Scott Hardingham, Pilot Plant Supervisor Sonichem

Scott Hardingham

Pilot Plant Supervisor

Scott is a qualified Aeronautical Engineer with 12 years experience over the full life cycle of engineering projects from design through to commissioning and operations.

David Sithole Sonichem Pilot Plant

David Sithole


David, an engineer experienced in processing cellulosic materials, skillfully operates Sonichem's pilot plant, advancing our mission to transform biomass into valuable bio-based chemicals.

Victoria Faupel

Victoria Faupel

Process Chemist
Angus Black

Angus Black

Executive Assistant

Our expert advisors

Peter Reid – Director

Geoffrey Drage OBE

Kenneth Day

Professor Alexei Lapkin

Dr Darren Bates

Dr Madeleine Bussemaker

Eva Steele

Peter advises on the development of manufacturing technologies.

Geoffrey supports the protection of IP assets, and growth mentors the company.

A Chartered Engineer, Ken has overseen the design and operation of the pilot plant since its inception.

Professor of Sustainable Reaction Engineering (SRE) at Cambridge University since 2013, developing a Life Cycle Analysis.

An expert sonochemist, with experience building globally recognised engineering solutions involving high-power ultrasonics.

A senior lecturer in Chemical Engineering at the university of Surrey, Madeleine is involved in projects including parametric studies on sonochemical effects, biomass processing and classification.

Valorisation of lignin, Eva is currently midway through a PhD co-funded by Scottish Forestry and Sonichem (formerly Bio-Sep).

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