Group Management Committee


  • 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 Liu 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.  
  • Scott Fawcett joined Essentra in 2010 as Managing Director of the Moss Plastics business, and was appointed to his current role in January 2014. Prior to joining Essentra, Scott was Head of eCommerce at Electrocomponents plc, where he held a variety of increasingly senior sales, marketing and eCommerce positions during his 17 year career there.

  • Iain Percival joined Essentra as Managing Director, Essentra Packaging in 2017, before which he was Divisional CEO, Beverage Cans Europe for Rexam plc.  Prior to this, Iain held a number of increasingly senior roles at Rexam plc, Toyota Motor – Europe Manufacturing and Dowty Group, and has extensive experience in category management, manufacturing and supply chain optimisation.

  • Kamal Taneja joined Essentra as Managing Director, Essentra Filters in October, 2017 from Amcor Tobacco Packaging, where he worked as Vice President and General Manager, based in Singapore.  Prior to this, Kamal held increasingly senior roles at Ingersoll Rand and Trane, and has extensive marketing, commercial, operational and supply chain optimisation experience throughout the Asia Pacific region.
  • Richard Cammish joined Essentra as Chief Information Officer in 2017, prior to which he was Group Chief Information Officer for Coats plc. During a 25-year career, Richard has gained extensive IT and digital experience at a range of large multinational companies in increasingly senior roles at global, regional and local country level, as well as through running start-up businesses and as a management consultant.
  • Kathrina FitzGerald was appointed as Strategy & Commercial Director in January 2018. Prior to joining Essentra, Kathrina worked with DMGT plc - a portfolio of information and media businesses - where she held a number of increasingly senior roles during her ten year tenure, including Business Development Director, Managing Director of DMGT International and Director of Strategy and Development. Kathrina started her career at JP Morgan, where she spent seven years in investment banking.

  • Jon Green joined Essentra in 2005, and was appointed Company Secretary & General Counsel in July 2005. Prior to joining Essentra Jon worked as an in-house lawyer for several large international businesses, including Unilever and Hays plc. Jon is a qualified solicitor.

  • Oshin Cassidy joined Essentra as Group Human Resources Director in January 2019.  Prior to joining Essentra, Oshin was Group Human Resources Director at Imagination Technologies, and has extensive human resources experience having previously held senior roles at global organisations including Securitas, ComfortDelGro, Centrica and QinetiQ.
  • Nick Pennell joined Essentra as Group Operations Director in October 2017, prior to which he was Chairman of Lavery / Pennell and a Partner at Booz Allen Hamilton / Booz & Co. in the UK and China.  Nick has extensive experience of performance improvement, operational and strategy development projects gained across the industrial and energy sectors, and in many geographies.  He has also held operational and corporate strategy roles at Bass Brewers and at Shell.