Following his appointment to the Board in December 2015, Paul was made Non-Executive Chairman in May 2016. Paul Lester is currently Non-Executive Chairman of McCarthy & Stone plc, Ready Power Rail Services Group Limited and First Port Limited and Appello Limited, both formerly of Knight Square Holdings Limited. Paul brings a wealth of experience to Essentra, gained in increasingly senior operational and strategic executive roles, and has also served on a number of Boards in a Non-Executive capacity for more than 20 years.
Prior to joining Essentra, Paul was Group Chief Executive of Coats Group plc - the world's leading industrial thread manufacturer - for seven years, where he oversaw company rationalisation as well as growth through acquisition, instigated and delivered a clear vision and corporate strategy, drove material improvements in financial performance and built the momentum to position the business as an innovative and global industry leader.
Before assuming the role of Group Chief Executive, Paul held a number of increasingly senior operational and strategic positions at a variety of companies, and has a proven track record of international manufacturing experience at the highest level.
Lily joined Essentra as Chief Financial Officer in 2018, before which she was CFO of Xaar Plc Group, a FTSE listed inkjet technology developer and manufacturer of industrial inkjet printheads. Prior to this, Lily was CFO, Smiths Detection at Smiths Group Plc, and has nearly 20 years of experience in the manufacturing and engineering sectors.
Lily began her career with a Chinese investment firm before emigrating to Australia to complete an MBA, and she has worked across three continents (Asia, Europe and Australia).
Nicki brings extensive advisory experience to Essentra, having provided Board level counsel to many UK and international businesses over more than twenty five years as an executive remuneration consultant. Nicki has been a Partner of Deloitte LLP and led the Deloitte “Women on Boards” programme, as well as teaching a number of programmes for Non-Executive Directors. Nicki is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development. Nicki combines her Board work with advice on senior executive career strategy and development.
Adrian currently provides investment advisory services for strategic investment and merger and acquisitions, and has extensive experience in US and Global markets having operated in a range of businesses including light and heavy manufacturing, distribution and services sectors. Adrian has experience of leading full P&Ls, digitising businesses and driving operational efficiencies that have transformed the businesses he has worked in. Adrian’s early career included roles with General Electrical which he joined in 1990 and went on to become President and CEO for Latin America, Consumer and Industrial business and also a director of a joint venture with MABE, subsequently being promoted to President of Chemicals & Monitoring. Following GE, Adrian worked with WW Grainger and then Republic Services as Senior Vice President, Emerging Business Operations, where he also led Republic’s sustainability initiatives driving forward Environmental Social and Governance issues.
Jon Green joined Essentra in March 2005, and was appointed Company Secretary & General Counsel in July 2005. Prior to joining Essentra, Jon worked as an in-house lawyer for a number of large international businesses, including Hays plc and Unilever plc. Jon is a qualified solicitor.