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CPACT Appoints new Chairperson to succeed Colin Clarke


Colin Clarke (NNL, formerly BNFL) retires in September 2023.

Colin has been involved with CPACT pretty much since the beginning. BNFL was a founder member, and his first involvement was in 1997/98. Colin was the company expert on remote/instrumental analysis and became BNFL lead on two of the first phase projects (Project 1 “Use of model process systems to devise and evaluate improvements in process analysis and control” and Project 2 “Robust calibration of spectral data, using small data sets). After a period of time Colin became the BNFL representative on the CPACT Industrial Management Board (IMB) and then became the IMB Chair in 2009. His first trip to Ross Priory for the summer Steering Committee meeting was in 2001 and he continued to enjoy coming to Ross Priory every year since. Colin’s last meeting as CPACT Chair was at Ross Priory in June this year.

Colin’s time as CPACT chair has corresponded with significant growth in the membership of our community and the broadening of the benefits provided to companies. Colin calmly steered us through the various discussions that have shaped CPACT over the past decade and we are enormously grateful for his contributions. We hope that Colin will agree to remain connected with CPACT in some form or another in future and wish him well on his retirement from NNL.

Graeme Cruickshank from CPI (main image) will be taking over from Colin on 1st September 2023.

Graeme is CPI’s Chief Technology and Innovation Officer and is responsible for supporting the development of the Technology and Innovation (T&I) culture within CPI, ensuring the integration of CPI’s full innovation capability as part of the High Vale Manufacturing Catapult offer.

He originally joined CPI as the Director of the National Formulation Centre in 2015, where he led the establishment and management of CPI’s Formulation capability which enables the UK’s ecosystem of academics, SMEs and large companies to de-risk the development and scale-up to manufacture of their complex, high-value, formulated products (with applications spanning foods to pharmaceuticals, paints to detergents, inks to composite materials).

Graeme joined CPI from Procter and Gamble where he spent 20 years in a range of product design and technology innovation roles across a range of FMCGs (e.g. Fairy Automatic Dishwashing products) and in Corporate R&D developing new product categories. Most recently he was Global Associate Director for Strategic Alliances and also led the Global Methods Team bringing more robust and consumer predictive methods for product evaluation.

Graeme said I am really excited to be taking involvement with CPACT to the next level. I have witnessed the tremendous progress and impact achieved and so it is very exciting to be given the chance to build on Colin’s efforts and work with the wider CPACT community, to continue to create disproportionate value from the highly effective grouping”.

We look forward to working with Graeme.