Jonathan Bourne

Retired - Vice President, EMEA

Jonathan Bourne, now retired, was Vice President at NexantECA, based in London and globally responsible for the Intermediate and Specialty Chemicals Sector. He specialises in Strategy & Transaction Support services and has over 35 years of industrial and consulting experience.  His management experience includes R&D, supply and logistics, marketing and sales, product management, corporate strategy and development, business recovery and re-structuring, innovation management, and general management at Board level.  He was previously the Chemicals Industry practice leader at Ernst & Young following many years in corporate and general management, including Elementis and BP Chemicals. 

Jonathan has specialist knowledge of Chemicals markets and technologies in a wide range of sub‑sectors, including petrochemicals and polymers, speciality chemicals, and ingredients for a broad range of industries, including paints and surface coatings, construction and automotive materials, agriculture and nutrition, household, health, and personal care.

He has led numerous strategy and due diligence projects, including more recently: business plan and strategy development support in specialty polymers, polymer additives, polyurethanes and elastomers, solvents, petrochemical intermediates, and pharmaceutical fine chemicals;  transaction due diligence on flame retardants, specialty zinc chemicals for coatings and cosmetics, engineering polymers, polyesters, polymers for construction materials, food ingredients, agrochemicals,  aroma chemicals, polysilicon, textile chemicals, low iron float glass, bottled gas distribution, chlor-alkali chain, soda ash, bleaching agents, silicas, surfactants, organic peroxides, metal alkyls, cellulose ethers, sulphur chemicals, amines, ion exchange resins, chelates, and micronutrients.

Jonathan is a Chartered Marketer (FCIM), Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), Fellow in the Technology of Surface Coatings (FTSC), Member of the Institute of Directors (MIoD) and holds a BSc Joint Honours degree in Management & Chemical Sciences from the University of Manchester, UK.

Current areas of focus:

  • Strategic Planning
  • Business Audits/Business Plan Reviews/Marketing Plans
  • Commercial & Market Analysis
  • Innovation Management
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • ​Supply Chain​ and Procurement Strategy
  • Bulk polymers/engineering plastics/specialty polymers and resins
  • ​Rubbers
  • Aromatic Derivatives
  • Intermediate​,  Specialty,​ and Fine​ Chemicals
  • Surfactants
  • Renewable Energy (including chemistry for solar, fuel cells etc)
  • Biofuels and Biochemicals​
  • Coatings, Adhesives, Sealants and Elastomers
  • Chemicals