The role of the board of directors is to manage the company, meaning it is responsible for achieving the company’s aims, strategy, policy and results.
The board of directors is accountable for this to the supervisory board and to the general meeting of shareholders. In discharging its role, the board of directors shall be guided by the interests of the company, taking into consideration the interests of the company’s stakeholders.
We will have this two tier system to ensure that the appropriate checks and balances will be in place. We will look to achieve the existence of both boards by 2021.
Chairman and founder
Colin Francis: Founder and founder
Colin is the founder and CEO of Neurogenics Ltd. He has spent most of his career in executive and CEO roles. His economics and econometrics background has moulded his expertise in business turnaround, efficiency driven business transformation programmes and organisational process re-engineering.
One of his core skills has been to build teams and boards of diverse talent in his work in the private, public and defence sectors. For over ten years he ran an international consultancy company working for a number of blue chip companies. His personal passion has been cocoa and how to solve the problems associated with cocoa as a commodity in relation to the poverty of its growers. His interest in cocoa began as a boy on his grandparent’s plantation.
His initial interest was, the problems of cultivation, growth and increasing yields. His attention then moved to the problems of processing, fermentation and market preparation as part of the chocolate making model. It became obvious very quickly that unless producers could add significant value themselves that they would continually be trapped in the traditional imperial commodity transaction model.
Since 2005 his attention has been focused on harnessing the powerful botanical extracts in what he now terms “Pure Cacao” and applying them to a range of modern diseases particularly cardiovascular disease. He is however keen to pursue its potential impact on neurodegenerative and inflammatory diseases.
Dr Roger Carline
Dr Roger Carline: CEO
Dr Roger Carline manages a successful consultancy to businesses in the fresh produce, nutraceuticals and intellectual property licensing sector focussing on commercial advantage in botanical innovation. This includes new product and service development, use of intellectual property and strategic partnerships for market diversification. He is an entrepreneurial executive manager and expert in the use of technical acumen to convert market analysis into equity value and revenues by re-focussing existing resources and efficient creation of new capability. This has included the creation of new and cross market products and services. With numerous successful product launches, license deals and strategic partnerships across multiple market sectors (fresh produce, food ingredients, food manufacture, medical devices, electronics & telecoms, engineering and aerospace) his impact has created, secured and profitably grown start-up, small and medium size business, including those within groups with charitable and exploitation of IP and patent design, crafting and submission having worked on numerous patents with various industries
Originally a successful defence research physicist Roger’s passion for the creation of commercial advantage from knowledge and innovation grew from roles focussed on identifying and realising the commercial value of his colleagues’ and his own research. Success led to a senior role working for the UKs central government, regional and devolved administrations, and industry leaders to invest a 9 figure sum in 23 business’ use of next generation technology and subsequent creation of his own consultancy to continue to support commercial pull through. An ever-increasing exposure to new markets and technologies led to strategic leadership roles (CEO, MD, BDD & NED) in successful next generation engineering and bio-technology start-ups. With the successful turn-around and sale of a University spin-out ingredient and bio-technology business and spin out of a new electronics business from the University of Newcastle Roger pursued a personal interest in health and food by joining a 100 year old but failing horticultural research institute, EMR, as MD of a newly created commercial subsidiary. Success using these skills for EMR turned the organisation resulting in its sale to NIAB. Roger was retained as the Group commercial Director until 2018 after a successful integration of both business groups.
Kevin is a passionate and strategic technical/NPD and commercial director with over 30 years’ experience covering a wide range of FMCG industries. His in-depth knowledge from new start up concepts to the workings of Blue Chip companies (Coca Cola) and the ability to instigate strategies to achieve the overall goals of the company have stood him in good stead.
His previous roles covers all Technical Compliance/Strategic New Product Development, Global Raw Material Procurement, Commercial Presentations Airlines and Retailers, Packaging Design, Marketing Strategy implementation, Export & Production Management. Category Experience (Branded and Private Label) Ambient Grocery (Fruit, Bakery, Sauces, Chocolate) Gluten Free (including Chilled/Frozen Ambient), Functional Foods). Technical Consultant for University of Nottingham (Low Salt Replacement), Commercial Manager for US based Shoreline Fruit. Kevin is currently on the board of a number of Food and Confectionery companies.
Cath Riley is a highly skilled B2B and B2C marketing specialist with a passion, persistence and drive to develop marketing strategies that deliver commercial results.
With extensive experience of developing and executing marketing strategies for international brands, Cath has the skill set to look at, development and maximise the whole marketing process as well as manage a number of individual marketing projects for businesses.
Having worked for brands such as Britvic, J20, Pepsi, Glenfiddich and run a number of joint initiatives with giants Asda, Whitbread and Walkers Crisps, Cath has adapted big brand best practice for cost effective use, with established and start up small businesses.
Barney is the Creative Director and Founder of website and graphic design studio, Digital Creative Hub. He first formed the company back in 2008 as a freelance venture (originally called BST Creative) to run alongside his graphic design college course, and has been growing the clientèle and services on offer and ever since.
Barney’s passion lies in how things look – whether that be on a computer screen, a business card or a city billboard. His extensive knowledge of website design and development, graphic design and SEO make him the perfect person to spearhead the launch and/or growth of your business.
Providing a personal and friendly service is very important to Barney. He worked very closely with Neurogenics’ CEO, Colin Francis, to ensure that both the branding and website were produced to the highest possible standard and portrayed the company in the best possible light.