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.


  • Stefan joined Essentra as Corporate Development Director in 2013, before which he was Finance Director - Emerging Markets at Gilbarco Veeder Root from 2011, having initially joined the Danaher Corporation as Director, Corporate Development - Europe in 2005. Prior to this, Stefan worked in investment banking at JP Morgan and in accountancy at Arthur Andersen.

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

  • Gavin Leathem joined Essentra as Group Human Resources Director in March 2014. Prior to joining Essentra, Gavin was Vice President of HR for Europe, Middle East and Africa at Emerson Network Power Systems, before which he was Group HR Director at Chloride Group plc during his 13-year career there. Gavin is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel & Development.

  • 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.
  • 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.