ABOUT US

The Self Help Group was originally set up in 2006 to discuss how SMEs could deal with the REACH regulations.  The founding members were Darrell Nash, MD and owner, Albion Dyestuffs Ltd; Stefan Srutek, HSE Manager, Stephenson Group Ltd; and Janet Greenwood (then Murfin), TT Environmental Ltd.  Janet brought Stefan and Darrell together as the only two clients of TT Environmental Ltd who were worried about REACH before it was due to be implemented in 2008.

 

The group started to grow as REACH started to be implemented, providing a private discussion forum to add to advice sessions set up by Yorkshire Chemical Focus Ltd (at the time, a grant funded quango). Over the years, the group has grown in size and scope, and we currently have over 50 member companies.

 

We have a range of company sizes, from companies with a few employees up to multi-nationals.  This gives the group a broad spread of experiences and opinions, and means that the group is not just SMEs complaining about large companies, or vice versa.  Although there are many dyestuff company members (because of the large number in West Yorkshire), there are also general chemical companies, and we welcome members from any sector who are directly affected by REACH and/or CLP. Members attend meetings from as far away as South Wales.

 

How we are funded. The group has always worked on a shared-cost basis, and do not receive any funding from the UK government or the EU.  TT Environmental Ltd provide the secretarial services to run the group, on a pro bono basis.  Any surplus from meeting costs is used for speakers expenses, or occasionally to defray TT Environmental Ltd's expenses. 

 

Code of conduct and group rules. As the group grew, the Steering Group was formed, and group rules and the Anti-Competition Policy were written (see left).  The Steering Group members' biographies are given below.

Steering Group, 2018 - 19

Stuart Wilkinson

Stuart Wilkinson, Acting Chairman

Regulatory Affairs, Colour Synthesis Solutions

http://www.coloursynthesissolutions.co.uk/

Stuart has had a long career as a chemist in dyestuffs, first with Holliday Chemicals, and since 2001 with Keystone Europe Ltd, the UK subsidiary of Keystone Inc in the USA, where he was unable to avoid taking responsibility for REACH.

 

Stuart's hobbies are the local history of Halifax and the western Dales, and fishing.  He would like to retire, but is still working for several companies.

Lisa Hutton, Member

Regulatory Affairs, Nufarm Ltd

http://www.nufarm.com/UK/Home

Lisa has worked at AH Marks and now Nufarm dealing with pesticide regulations and the REACH regulation for some time.

Her advice on general chemistry and pesticides is invaluable for the group.  

Lisa Hutton

Neil Hollis, Member

Regulatory Affairs, BASF

https://www.basf.com/gb/en.html

Neil is a chemist who has worked at CIBA/ BASF in Regulatory Affairs for some time, and regularly works in Germany.

He gives the group a valuable insight into large company thinking, which is often differs with how SMEs approach regulations, especially REACH.

If there is an idea which both large and small companies can agree on, it's usually a good one.

Neil Hollis

Jonathan Dale, Member

Consultant, Exponent

https://www.exponent.com/

Jonathan was co-opted onto the Steering Committee, as his advice to the group has been consistently excellent over the years, and he is very committed to getting as many UK companies, particularly SMEs, through the REACH process as possible.

Jonathan Dale

Mick Goodwin, Member

Regulatory Affairs, Milliken Industrial

www.dyes.com

Mick is a trained chemist who worked at John Hogg Specialities until recently.  

 

As we're all getting older, we thought we needed some younger brains around.

Mick Goodwin

Caroline Simpson, Member

Regulatory Affairs, DCC Ltd/ Gemini Dispersions

http://geminidispersions.co.uk/gemini/website.nsf/index.html

Caroline has a degree in  Analytical Chemistry from Leeds and graduated in Management from Huddersfield.

 

She has over years 30 year experience in the coatings and colour industry, including 18 years at Clariant, eight years at Union Colours, and is now at Dominion Colour/ Gemini Dispersions.

Caroline Simpson

Janet Greenwood

Janet Greenwood, Secretary and co-founder

Owner and MD, TT Environmental Ltd

www.ttenvironmental.co.uk

www.ghsclassificationcourses.com

Janet, a trained soil scientist who has worked as an industrial chemist, set up TT Environmental in 2001 and has a successful environmental and chemical safety consultancy "helping industry protect the environment".

 

In 2006, she helped found the Self Help Group on the grounds of enlightened self-interest - if the chemical industry is destroyed through REACH, her business would be badly affected.

Conflict of Interest Policy v1.3, 29th September 2015

Privacy Policy, 24th May 2018

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Darrell Nash

Darrell Nash (Retired Chairman and co-founder)

Formerly Albion Dyestuffs Ltd, currently S D Nash.

Darrell Nash is a chemical engineer who set up Albion Dyestuffs Ltd in 1983 after a career at ICI Huddersfield.  Over the years, he built a successful dyestuffs manufacturing business, although he now concentrates on formulation and repacking. 

 

Like all small business owners, and true Yorkshiremen, Darrell is unafraid to speak his mind about many issues, particularly un-necessary bureaucracy, and he continues to be a vocal member of the group despite retiring from chairing meetings.

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