Business tackling plastic pollution crisis appoints new chair

Greenback Recycling Technologies has appointed a highly experienced entrepreneur, CEO and non-executive director as its new Board Chair.


Susan Searle takes up this strategically important position at the business, which is helping to pioneer innovative technology to deal with the growing global problem of plastic pollution.


Specifically, Greenback is at forefront of chemical recycling and in developing systems that verify the provenance and composition of plastic recyclate.


Susan brings a wealth of relevant expertise and insight to the role. After completing an MA in Chemistry at Oxford University, she started her career at Shell Chemicals UK focusing on polymer products.


From there she went to hold various managerial, executive and non-executive posts across both public and private organisations involved in sectors as diverse as chemical production, precious metals, engineering and healthcare.


Her two decades of boardroom experience includes time spent on the boards of Benchmark Holdings, QinetiQ, Horizon Discovery, Schroders UK Public Private Trust, and Mercia Asset Management.


Susan is accomplished in business incubation, technology transfer and scale-ups. From 2002 to 2013, she was CEO of Imperial Innovations (now part of the IP Group). This AIM listed company focused on building and investing in healthcare, technology and engineering businesses. During her tenure, she raised approximately £250m for Imperial Innovations which subsequently leveraged over £1 billion into its portfolio. Imperial Innovations’ successes included an incubator focused on waste recycling.


Speaking of Susan’s appointment, Philippe von Stauffenberg, CEO and Founder of Greenback, said: “We are delighted to welcome Susan to the Greenback Board. Her breadth and depth of industry experience as well as her entrepreneurial approach will complement the knowledgebase and skillset of our current leadership team.


“Susan has a strong track record of growing technology businesses and a passion for the plastics recycling industry. This will undoubtedly support and act as a catalyst in the next phase of our business growth.”