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Hardide Coatings Board of Directors


Robert Goddard

Robert Goddard


Term of office: Robert was appointed as Chairman in January 2008 and is a member of the Audit Committee and the Intellectual Property Committee.  He is chairman of the Risk Committee.

Background and suitability for the role:  Robert has some 25 years of experience serving on the boards of public companies, both in the UK and overseas and most of them as chairman.  A Chartered Engineer and with an MBA from London Business School, he has extensive international experience as a senior executive in the oil industry and in speciality chemicals.  He was Group Development Director of Burmah Castrol until 2000.  Following that, he joined Amberley Group plc in November 2000 as Chief Executive, where he turned around and sold successfully its four speciality chemical subsidiaries, thereby increasing shareholder value considerably. More recently he has undertaken a number of advisory and turnaround assignments, notably Universe Group plc of which he was Chairman until October 2017. He is an active investor in, and sometimes adviser to, several early-stage technology companies, mainly in med-tech and pharmaceuticals.

Current external appointments: Partner at Boundless Ventures LLP

Time commitment: Part-time

Philip Kirkham

Philip David Kirkham

Chief Executive Officer

Term of office: Appointed Chief Executive Officer on 1st September 2012. Philip is a member of the Intellectual Property Committee and the Risk Committee.

Background and suitability for the role: Philip has an executive general management career spanning more than 40 years, the last 30 years at board level in companies predominantly within the metals and engineering sector. His career includes Manufacturing Director at DSF Refractories, Divisional Managing Director at MS International plc, Senior Vice President Metals Division at Firth Rixson Ltd, Executive Vice President at Rolls-Royce plc and CEO of Materials Advantage Group. Prior to this he held senior operational roles at the British Steel Corporation and Sheffield Forgemasters. He holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Manchester and an MSc in Advanced Manufacturing Management. Philip is a Chartered Engineer, European Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in engineering and manufacturing industries as well as international, general and commercial management experience

Current external appointments: None

Time commitment: Full-time

Peter Davenport

Peter Neil Davenport

Finance Director

Term of office: Peter joined Hardide Coatings Limited as Financial Controller in June 2005, becoming Finance Director of Hardide plc in March 2006. He is Company Secretary and a member of the Risk Committee.

Background and suitability for the role: Peter joined the Royal Mail Group’s Corporate Accountancy Training Scheme in 1995 and was placed in a variety of roles throughout the Group including internal audit, marketing, investment appraisal, and management accounting. He passed his final CIMA exams in 1998 and joined Parcelforce Worldwide as Operations Analyst and was promoted to Operations Management Accountant in 2000. He joined Valspar Industries UK Ltd as Accounts Manager in 2002 with responsibility for all aspects of the finance function of a £10m turnover business including sales administration, payroll, credit control, purchase ledger and distribution.

Current external appointments:  Director of John Moore Heritage Services Ltd, an archaeological consultancy

Time commitment:  Full-time

Yuri Zhuk

Dr Yuri Nikolaevich Zhuk

Technical Director

Term of office: Yuri is a co-founder and Technical Director. He is chairman of the Intellectual Property Committee.

Background and suitability for the role: Yuri started his career as a scientist and has more than 25 years of successful international technology business experience in advanced materials. He holds an MSc (with Distinction) in Physics and a PhD degree in Plasma Physics and Chemistry from the Lomonosov Moscow State University, and an MBA from the Open University in the UK. Yuri managed the Company’s CVD coating technology development from early laboratory stage to the aerospace-approved manufacturing technology now used by blue chip customers. He has participated in several fundraisings from the first seed capital round to the Hardide plc listing on the London Stock Exchange AIM market. As Technical Director, Yuri is responsible for all aspects of development of the Company’s technology. He is the author of patents and numerous scientific and technical publications and has presented Hardide's technology at leading international conferences. Yuri brings in-depth knowledge of advanced coatings and surface engineering technology, proven expertise in management of R&D and commercialisation of advanced materials, technology start-ups, patenting and intellectual property management.

Current external appointments: In 2019, Yuri was appointed a Visiting Fellow and a Recognised Teacher at the Cranfield University School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing.

Time commitment: Full-time

Andrew Boyce

Andrew Richard Boyce

Non-Executive Director

Term of office: Appointed Non-executive Director on 12thJune 2012. Andrew is a member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee.

Background and suitability for the role:  Andrew represents a significant family shareholding with a 13.8% interest in the Group's issued share capital: the family having been an investor in the Group since 2003. He has a deep knowledge and understanding of the Hardide business. He has significant experience as a director on multiple boards and adds an informed and challenging dimension to the Board. Since 1987, Andrew has been involved in the management and growth of numerous family businesses. These encompass farming, property and other commercial activities. After graduating in 1984 with a Diploma in Agriculture and Estate Management from the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester, Andrew worked in commercial property sales and lettings, and development site appraisals and acquisitions.

Current external appointments: Director of a number of farming and property companies. Other appointments of note include non-executive director of Atlantic Healthcare plc, a pharmaceutical company, where he is chair of the Remuneration Committee and a member of Nominations Committee, and as a director of TDCM Ltd, manufacturer of electric motors for the automotive sector and electric two-wheeler market, where he is chair of the Remuneration and Nominations Committee.

Time commitment: Part-time

Charles Irving-Swift

Charles Edward Irving-Swift

Senior Independent Director

Term of office: Appointed Non-executive Director on 20th March 2018 and designated Senior Independent Director on 23rd August 2018. Charles is Chairman of the Audit Committee.

Background and suitability for the role: Charles has spent 35 years in the engineering and construction materials industries, including 27 years in general management roles and four years in strategic planning. Charles has held pan-European and global divisional CEO responsibilities for multi-site, multinational businesses, focusing on performance improvement and restructuring with Dana Corporation (USA), TT electronics plc (UK), Armstrong World Industries, Inc. (USA) and O&S Doors, Ltd (UK) and developing overseas markets. He spent 16 years in expatriate positions in Germany, France and the USA. He also brings his plc experience to the Board, having served as Non-Executive Director of Victrex plc and Brammer plc, where he was Chairman of the Audit Committee, and Chairman of the Remuneration Committee, respectively. Charles holds a BA Honours Degree in Modern Languages from the University of Oxford and an MBA from INSEAD Business School. He is fluent in French and German.

Current external appointments: Non-Executive Adviser of Innovo Ltd, an e-commerce business that streamlines B2B transactions and facilitates the commercialisation of breakthrough technologies.

Time commitment: Part-time

Timothy Rice

Timothy Julian Rice

Non-Executive Director

Term of office: Appointed Non-executive Director on 20thMarch 2018. Tim is chairman of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee.

Background and suitability for the role: Tim brings more than 30 years of experience in the aerospace and defence sectors, having held senior executive positions with companies such as Vector Aerospace, Safran Group, Spirent and Dowty. He is an experienced advisor to companies in the aerospace and defence sectors, involved in strategy, business development, partnering, and organisational change. Tim holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering and has an MBA from Warwick University.

Current external appointments: Director - C House Consulting Limited, Trustee - Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, Trustee - Insight Gloucestershire

Time commitment: Part time