Neill Ricketts

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Elected Chair of FEP in December 2020, Neill Ricketts and leads on Legal.

Neill also is co-founder and Chief Executive of Versarien PLC

Neill is an entrepreneur who has over 25 years’ experience in the engineering industry covering a host of sectors including Oil & Gas, Aerospace and Motorsport.  Under Neill’s leadership, Versarien – which is headquartered in Cheltenham - was incorporated in 2010 and in June 2013 the company listed on the AIM submarket of the London Stock Exchange. 

Versarien currently has 6 subsidiaries with factories and / or staff all over the UK, but also Spain, USA, South Korea, and China.  Versarien’s mission is to create new materials suitable for commercial use and is focussing work with partner Universities (Cambridge, Manchester, Ulster, Warwick Manufacturing Group, and others) who are conducting 2D material research, primarily with graphene, allowing it to find appropriate commercial applications.  Versarien secured significant recognition for the region by winning over 20+ national and international awards. 

Neill is an active member of the Gloucestershire business community and he sits on the Board of the GFirst LEP, during this time the board has secured over £120m worth of funding for the county.  Additionally, Neill and the company support and sponsor SGS Berkeley Green UTC and he is an enthusiastic supporter of the University of Gloucestershire’s Growth Hub and its development of engineering and technology.