LUCIDEON

Company overview

Lucideon is a development and commercialisation company specialising in materials technologies and processes. Its application of cross-industry insight, materials science expertise and innovative thinking allows industry to develop and implement disruptive technology platforms, providing cost and/or product performance benefits and enabling real market differentiation. 

Lucideon is based in Stoke-on-Trent with three further sites in the US. The business employs c.250 scientists and engineers, the majority of whom are technology and materials specialists.

Brief 

Chris Bill, Lucideon’s recently appointed CFO, has known Directorbank’s Simon Thomas for a number of years having worked with him on roles previously. Chris joined Lucideon to support its CEO, Tony Kinsella, in the development and execution of a growth strategy across both the UK and US markets.
 
With ambitious growth plans in place, Chris and Tony identified the need to appoint a Group Talent and HR Director to provide vital input and support on recruitment and the development of both new and existing talent.

A key responsibility of the role would be to develop a strong global talent pipeline, particularly in the fields of science, engineering and commerce. A further responsibility would be to introduce and drive a ‘Culture of Performance’ across the global group.

Process

Following a site tour and a number of profiling meetings with Chris and Tony, Simon developed a search strategy identifying businesses in the area with a scientific base. Directorbank’s Tom Warrack provided vital support as lead researcher on the assignment.

Together, Simon and Tom profiled in excess of 70 candidates, 40 of whom were approached. This led to 11 screening interviews and five first round interviews with Lucideon.

Result

Nik Everatt was identified as the leading candidate and joined Lucideon in December 2018.

Nik’s background as a Chemistry graduate from Oxford University followed by a diverse HR & Talent career with the likes of ICI, Unilever and Victrex, a high performance polymer manufacturer, gives him strong empathy with Lucideon’s team of scientists and engineers.

Furthermore, Nik’s international experience and breadth of expertise across organisational development and talent acquisition meant he was the ideal candidate for the role.