Meet The Team – Alastair Veitch

Next up on our meet the team series is our newest analytical scientist Alastair Veitch. He comes to us after working for Ashland Inc for over 8 years characterising polymers. This work has made him a specialist in a broad suite of different characterisation techniques such as Gel permeation chromatography (GPC), Mass spectrometry and HPLC. He has utilised these skills in order to characterise not only polymers but complex transient reaction mixtures. At Holiferm we are excited to bring him in to help us to keep our Honeysurf bio-surfactant well characterised, as well as insuring that our products continue to be of the highest quality as we scale up in size.

What is your current role at Holiferm?

Analytical scientist

Favourite quote?

“The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas”

Linus Pauling

What are your favourite things to do to relax?

Rugby- I’ve played since the age of about 10 and have coached for the past 7 years. Now I’m older and more fragile, I’ve started playing more tag rugby (a non-contact version of the game)!

I love to cook- and the recent lockdown has been the perfect chance to attempt things that require a little more effort and time. A personal highlight was a proper tonkatsu ramen.

What is something you picked up during lockdown?

An appreciation of my local area. I currently live in Leeds, and with the lockdown keeping us closer to home, I spent some time taking some longer walks and properly exploring. I found a whole range of amazing suburbs, parks, independent businesses, and possibly every single specialty coffee shop in the city!

Favourite trip/holiday?

Malaysia/Singapore- I worked down the west side of the peninsula 3 years ago, from starting in Kuala Lumpur then Langkawi down to Singapore via Penang and Malacca. The country (and the food!) really is incredible and it was awesome to round things off with an evening in Singapore botanical gardens.

Any pets?

No :(

Why did you want to work for Holiferm?

Quite simply, Holiferm is demonstrating that step-changes to the way we mass-produce our additives and surfactants are both possible and achievable, and that surfactants that are both truly green and cost-effective are attainable. I come from a specialty chemicals background, and change can be slow in the industry as a whole- the opportunity to be a part of such rapid and necessary change was one that I jumped at. That, and I’m a sucker for elegant solutions to complex problems- and Holiferm’s technology fits the bill perfectly.

How would you described your character in 3 words?

Curious, creative, conscientious

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