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Mark Robertshaw

Executive Chairman

Mark has been Chairman of The Vita Group since 2018. He also currently serves as Chairman of the Integer Group. From 2015 to 2017 he was CEO of Innovia and, prior to that, he previously spent 10 years with the UK-listed manufacturer Morgan Advanced Materials as both the CFO and CEO. Mark graduated from the University of Oxford in 1990 with a degree in Modern Languages and started his career as a strategy consultant at Marakon.

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Ian W. Robb

Group CEO

Ian joined Vita in January 2019. He comes to the Group having spent 20 years with Morgan Advanced Materials, working across Asia, Europe and the Americas, most recently as Global President for its Thermal Ceramics & Molten Metal Systems divisions. Previously, he worked in various capacities with Cape Plc and Esab AB, both divisions of the engineering firm Charter plc.

Omar Khan

Group CFO

Omar has extensive financial and business leadership experience for both private equity and listed businesses. Prior to Vita, Omar helped to turn around two PE backed businesses, the Innovia Group and Integrated Dental Holdings, before which he was with Royal Dutch Shell for 16 years.

Omar Khan

Bridget Groarke

Bridget Groarke

General Counsel & Company Secretary

Bridget joined Vita in 2017 and has over 20 years’ Post Qualification Experience. In addition to her legal qualifications she has an MBA and is a qualified Data Protection Practitioner. Bridget has extensive in-house corporate and commercial experience gained with Manchester Airport Group, the Co-operative Group and Intervoice Brite.

Gilbert Davids

Comfort Foams MD

Gilbert joined Vita in 2006, initially as Divisional Finance Controller. A CIMA-qualified accountant, Gilbert moved into general management in 2011 and took up his current position in 2019, taking responsibility for all Comfort Foam businesses. His previous experience includes LDV, Merloni Elettrodomestici, Indesit, General Domestic Appliances, Fujifilm and British Gas.

Gilbert Davids

Stuart Roby

Stuart Roby

Technical Foams MD

Stuart was appointed to his current position in 2019 following a period as Business Development Director. He holds a Master’s degree in Integrated Engineering and Industrial Management and is an experienced business leader with significant project management, business improvement expertise and general management experience. He previously worked for Goodrich, The Manufacturing Institute and RLC Callender.

Dave Kowal

HR Director

Having joined Vita in 2019, Dave has significant commercial experience and is well-versed in talent development and safety improvements. His previous position was Global HR Director for the Thermal Products Division of Morgan Advanced Materials.

Dave Kowal

Hayley Crosby

Hayley Crosby

Transformation Director

Hayley joined Vita in 2019 from PwC where she spent 11 years working with international listed and private equity-backed businesses to drive transformational change. Hayley is an ICAEW chartered accountant and has experience working across multiple industries including industrials, financial services and waste management.

Rob Evans

Procurement Director

Rob joined Vita in 2019. He has 20 years’ senior procurement experience, gained at both private equity-backed and listed businesses. Prior to Vita, Rob was Group Procurement Director at Essentra. His previous experience includes senior positions at Motorola, News UK, Coats and JLR.

Rob Evans

Mike Murray

Chief Technical Officer

Mike joined Vita in April 2020, having spent 25 years with Morgan Advanced Materials in a number of global technology leadership roles, including the last 6 years as Group CTO. He holds a Bachelor’s and Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of Birmingham.

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