Meet the team

Together the Bioplant team have a collective 150 years of experience in the chemical industry. Below is a brief introduction to the key members:

Craig Goodman

Craig Goodman

Plant Manager
Barry Collier

Barry Collier

Commercial Manager
Bob Smee

Bob Smee

Analytical Technician
Colin Sowden

Colin Sowden

Environmental Technician
Simone Telford

Simone Telford

HSE Apprentice
Brian Peutherer

Brian Peutherer

HSE Director

Craig Goodman

Plant Manager

Craig first came to Sterling as part of a university project to assess the viability of various seed sludges. He has been with the company ever since and now manages the Sterling Environmental Solutions facility. He is the point of contact for general or technical enquiries.

“I joined the Sterling team 27 years ago. The friendly and supportive environment, along with the commitment from the business to its employees mean it’s an ideal place for people to establish themselves and forge their own careers.”

Barry Collier

Commercial Manager

Barry has been with Sterling for 43 years and has gained a wealth of experience in all aspects of the chemical industry. Ten years ago, he made the move from Process Improvement Manager to Waste Manager, where he assumed responsibility for running the company’s programme to minimise waste generation across the facility. He is now the primary point of contact for waste enquiries.

What I love about Sterling is that every day is different. The company is continuing to expand and with it so are the opportunities for the team. In terms of finding a workplace that will allow you to get a lot of experience in a short space of time, there really is no better.

Bob Smee

Analytical Technician

Bob first started as an apprentice analyst in 1977 and quickly became shift team leader. He has been managing the laboratory teams and their procedures since 1983. He made the switch to environmental rather than production work when the bioplant was commercialised in 2009. Bob is the point of contact for analytical queries, technical advice and scheduling.

Colin Sowden

Environmental Technician

Colin came to Sterling in 1984 and started as a Process Operator. He went on to become a Production Supervisor, Training Supervisor and then Warehouse Supervisor. Colin is primarily involved with the logistics of waste reception and pre-acceptance testing. He is the point of contact for enquiries about arrival on-site and testing.

I have had many roles during my time at Sterling. What sets the company apart is without a doubt the people and the support the company gives you to try new things.

Simone Telford

HSE Apprentice

Simone has only recently joined the team but brings a great skill set from her previous careers in farming and animal care. She is primarily a HSE resource for the team but is also well versed in laboratory procedures.

“As an HSE Apprentice at Sterling I’m getting to opportunity to pursue a career path in an area that has always interested me. The role is so versatile, my learning is supported and I’m really starting to feel like I’m developing and adding value as a member of the team.”

Brian Peutherer

HSE Director

Brian is responsible for the operational and regulatory aspects of Sterling’s health, safety and environmental (HSE) performance. This includes overseeing the commercial biological treatment facility and waste management, ensuring appropriate security for the site and managing the facilities management team to ensure high levels of housekeeping and grounds maintenance. Having previously worked at the site when it was ChiRex, as well as having held positions at Pfizer, Piramal Healthcare and Aesica Pharmaceuticals, Brian now has over 20 years experience across process design engineering and process safety for speciality chemicals.

He has a BEng in Chemical and Process Engineering and a MSc in Clean Technology and Environmental Management. He is also a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, holds a NEBOSH General Certificate in Occupational Health & Safety, is on the CIA RC steering group and works closely within the regional Chemical Industries Association Responsible Care Cells. Brian is also on the steering group for the GSK Supplier Sustainability Initiative and has experience in CoMAH upper tier site management.