Engineers. Designers.
Innovators.

Meet the Team

 

The Eleather team works together to achieve shared business goals. We are engineers, designers, innovators and much, much more. Above all, we are passionate about what we do. It’s this passion that drives us to create market leading products for our customers which in turn, enable them to provide the very best experiences to their customers.

The senior management team

John Kennedy

John Kennedy

CEO

John joined ELeather in 2009 and has been CFO and COO, before being made CEO in 2018. Prior to ELeather, John held international roles at Applied Materials in the US, Italy and Switzerland.

Dominic Heaton

Dominic Heaton

CFO

Prior to joining ELeather, Dominic spent 13 years at the Innovia Group, progressing to Finance Director. Before Innovia, he held commercial finance roles at Sanofi and Electrolux.

Emma Bass

Emma Bass

HR Director

Before joining ELeather in 2015, Emma was HR Director for Vitec Videocom and previously HR Manager for Sermatech International. She has experience in organisational design and restructuring.

Nico den Ouden

Nico den Ouden

Business Director

Prior to joining ELeather, Nico has held numerous international senior positions with Henkel, Croda Oleochemicals and Acheson. He has a strong track record of business growth and introducing new technologies to market.

Antonio Batistini

Antonio Batistini

CTO

Prior to joining ELeather, Antonio was Global Head of Innovation and Strategic Marketing for SVP Biomaterials and previously Director for Dow Europe. He is a material scientist and has led large teams driving innovation and transformation both within B2B and B2C.

Alex MacConaill

Alex MacConaill

Operations Director

Alex joined ELeather 3 years ago as Operations Director. Prior to this Alex worked in senior Operations & Project management roles in the UK & Globally in two multi-national manufacturing organisations.

John Walker ELeather COO

John Walker

COO

John joined ELeather after a successful career in advanced materials manufacturing having previously held senior roles as a CEO and COO at The Quartz Corp. He has a lot of experience in business development and leadership.

Join the team.

 

We’re always looking for bright, ambitious, talented individuals to join the ELeather team.

Each and every employee has an important role to play in the future success of our company. For this reason, we’ve worked hard to build a culture that recognises the hard work of our teams and encourages innovation.

To find out more about what it’s like to be a member of the ELeather team, the benefits that our employees are entitled to and how to apply visit the join us page of the website.

Chris Bevan – Our founder

Wherever we look we can see an abundant use of leather. With over 23 billion square feet produced each year, it has long been the material of choice for premium and practical applications the world over. But for every ton of traditional leather, almost three quarters becomes waste.

ELeather’s founder, Chris Bevan, first learned about the special characteristics of leather fibre during research and development of another technical innovation project. Once he realised the magnitude of how much leather is unused and sent to landfill, he had a vision; the vision was to create a clean technology – a win-win situation for brands and consumers.

Chris’s passion and tenacity is the foundation that built the business to what it is today, and is captured in the below words: Somebody said that it “couldn’t be done…”

But, he with a chuckle replied that “maybe it couldn’t,” but he would be one who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried. So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin on his face. If he worried he hid it. He started to sing as he tackled the thing that couldn’t be done, and he did it.

Somebody scoffed: “Oh, you’ll never do that; at least no one has done it”; but he took off his coat and he took off his hat, and the first thing we knew he’d begun it. With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin, without any doubting or quiddit, he started to sing as he tackled the thing that couldn’t be done, and he did it.

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done, there are thousands to prophesy failure; there are thousands to point out to you one by one, the dangers that wait to assail you. But just buckle it in with a bit of a grin, just take off your coat and go to it; just start to sing as you tackle the thing that “couldn’t be done,” and you’ll do it.

Chris Bevan - Founder of ELeather

Chris Bevan

1937-2012