Graphene guru steps up to become chair of Forest Economic Partnership

Neill Ricketts Versarien

The entrepreneur who set up the graphene manufacturing company Versarien, has now been elected chair of the Forest of Dean Economic Partnership.

Living in the heart of the Forest of Dean, Neill Ricketts is co-founder and Chief Executive of Versarien PLC. He is a true entrepreneur, with more than 25 years’ experience in the engineering industry covering sectors including oil & gas, aerospace and motorsport.  Under Neill’s leadership, Versarien – which is headquartered in Cheltenham – was incorporated in 2010 and in June 2013 the company listed on the AIM submarket of the London Stock Exchange.

Versarien currently has six subsidiaries with across the UK, as well as in Spain, the USA, South Korea and China.

Versarien’s mission is to create new materials suitable for commercial use and is focussing work with partner universities (Cambridge, Manchester, Ulster, Warwick Manufacturing Group and others) which are conducting 2D material research, primarily with graphene, allowing it to find appropriate commercial applications.

Neill is an active member of the Gloucestershire business community and sits on the Board of the GFirst LEP, during this time the board has secured mere than £120 million of funding for the county. Additionally, Neill and the company support and sponsor SGS Berkeley Green UTC and he is an enthusiastic supporter of the University of Gloucestershire’s Growth Hub and its development of engineering and technology.

Neill will chair his first FEP stakeholder meeting on 17 December 2020, 9:30am via Zoom.