Catalyst welcomes New Chairman of Trustees

Catalyst Science Discovery Centre in Widnes, Cheshire is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Bryan Davies as Chairman of its Trustee Board, following the retirement of Dr Tony Bastock OBE after six years of service.

Bryan Davies, a graduate of UMIST, brings a wealth of experience to Catalyst having held numerous senior positions within the chemical industry over a career spanning more than 44 years. In addition to being a Trustee of Catalyst since 2006 he has held his current position of Commercial Director for Thomas Swan & Co for the past18 years, actively participating with the Chemical Industries Association including Chairman of the International Business Promotion Committee.

Bryan said “I am very honoured to be appointed as Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Catalyst. The previous Chairman, Dr Tony Bastock has given outstanding service and commitment and enabled Catalyst to establish itself as a leading science centre with a focus on the Chemical and allied industries. There are testing times ahead but I am confident that a combination of increased industrial contribution and European, national and local government support will facilitate the opportunities for development and evolution. We are fortunate in having an excellent, highly professional and committed team at Catalyst and I look forward to working with them to deliver future, ongoing success.”

Julie Burgess-Wilson, Director of Catalyst said “I am delighted that Bryan has been selected as our new Chairman. Having known and worked with Bryan over the last three years, I know that we can be confident in Bryan’s leadership, great support and commitment to the continued success of Catalyst. I look forward to working more closely with Bryan in shaping Catalyst’s future.”

Outgoing Chairman, Dr Tony Bastock OBE supported the appointment of Bryan Davies saying “I applaud the election of Bryan Davies to Chair the Board of Trustees at Catalyst.  His experience and knowledge will help Catalyst grow and prosper and I am delighted that I leave this vital centre for promoting discovery of science by children and their families, to the leadership of such an able and respected successor.”

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