Our guiding principles
We didn’t want to create some words that only live on this page; rather the guiding principles below define how we behave as individuals and as a business, day in day out.
With our customers, our partners or with each other.
Learn & share
Work the problem, address the issue and share what you’ve learned.
Collaboration is in our DNA
We maximise our impact through our diverse networks.
Hear from the team
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How is your own personal purpose aligned with Polymateria's - advancing science to help nature deal with plastic pollution?
My passion for science and nature led me to do a BSc in Bio-resources, focused on sustainable management of biological resources, as well as, the development of bioproducts for the food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industry. I wanted to put both my passion and skills into practice in an organisation whose purpose aligns with mine.
I wanted to use my skills as a Chartered Accountant and Mechanical Engineer to create new innovative technologies that resolved environmental issues while also tackling poverty alleviation. My family business allowed me to fulfil my purpose in Africa but when Polymateria approached me to be their FD, I saw a chance to take my purpose onto a global stage.
After close to 25 years of commercial, financial and management experience across multiple industries in businesses that were often built from scratch through to sale, I wanted to be able to bring this all to bear within an organisation that also allowed me to look the next generation in the eye.
How do networks help Polymateria maximise its impact?
Our R&D team leverage a network of scientific partnerships all around the world. This allows us to keep our work at Imperial Innovations focused on more black box activities while our speed to market can be improved by prototyping manufacturing and testing through a global network of partners.
Given the importance of recycling to our business model, we have actively sought out partners who can help us maximise the effectiveness of our technology within recycling streams and also identify new market opportunities and ways we can help recycling efforts scale globally.
As we license our technology globally, we leverage the sales and marketing resources of some of the biggest brands, packaging converters, distributors and additive companies in the world to scale the deployment of our technology, bringing it to market much faster than we could do if we had to build these channels and capabilities ourselves.
Is it easy to speak up and challenge peers, colleagues and partners to ensure effective decisions are being made consistently?
At first I wasn’t sure what to expect as academia can be a very top down environment, but since joining I have found that my input is consistently being sought, and acted on, not just from my role within the R&D team but advising the commercial and marketing functions too.
I tend to naturally speak up anyway, so that isn’t a problem for me. However, at Polymateria I have found that as soon as I do I am thrust centre stage and given ownership of finding the solution if I raise an issue.
Absolutely. Although as a senior leader in the business, it’s less about me speaking up and more about encouraging others to do so. Often I have found that our blind spots will be identified by the most unlikely voice, so we have to keep watching for and encouraging that.