Pioneering graphene engineering company appoints non executive chairman

James Stewart Versarien

Versarien plc, the Cheltenham-headquartered advanced materials and graphene engineering group, has appointed James Stewart CBE as the Company’s Non-executive Chairman with immediate effect.

Mr Stewart is currently Managing Partner of Menlo Partners LLP, an investment and advisory company with a particular focus on technology companies operating in the UK and China.

Before founding Menlo in 2013, he spent 25 years in the private equity sector, latterly as a Partner at ECI Partners LLP, one of the UK’s longest established private equity fund managers, where he was involved in a wide range of investments.  James joined ECI in 1996 having formerly spent time at Arthur Andersen & Co, N M Rothschild & Co. Limited and as an Investment Director at Rothschild Ventures Limited.

Following Mr Stewart’s appointment the Company’s Board now comprises James Stewart (Non-executive Chairman), Neill Ricketts (CEO), Christopher Leigh (CFO), Susan Bowen (Non-executive Director) and Iain Gray (Non-executive Director).

Neill Ricketts, CEO of Versarien, said: “We are delighted to welcome James to the Versarien board.  He brings significant business and transaction experience to Versarien that will be particularly valuable as we progress our commercial partnerships and international expansion strategy.

“In particular James has considerable experience of doing business in Asia and a wide range of contacts that will assist Versarien.  I look forward to working closely with him and the Group being able to use his skills and experience as the commercial adoption of our graphene and other 2D materials accelerates.”