CIA President Dr Martin Ashcroft CChem FRSC Managing Director of Tata Chemicals Europe, brings a wealth of experience to the role. In his capacity as President, Martin chairs the CIA Board and the policy-deciding body of the CIA, Council. 

Martin Ashcroft 2024

Dr Martin Ashcroft

Martin has a proven track record of strategic leadership, having led the successful £93 million acquisition of British Salt in 2011 and the fundamental restructuring of the Northwich-based operations in 2014, which included the acquisition and investment in the 400MW combined heat and power (CHP) plant previously owned by EON. 

Since then, Martin has devised and delivered a transformative programme of capital investment, particularly focusing on carbon reduction and high value-added products, including the UK’s largest EIGA grade Carbon Capture and Utilisation (CCU) plant commissioned in 2021. This facility captures over 40,000 tonnes per year of Carbon Dioxide, which is used to manufacture EP/USP grade sodium bicarbonate exported to over 60 countries in the world. 

On taking office in January 2024, Martin Ashcroft FRSC, President of the CIA, said: 

“I am looking forward to building on the outstanding leadership of Tom Crotty (CIA’s retiring President). Alongside Steve Elliott, the Association’s Chief Executive, Tom successfully steered us through Brexit, through the pandemic of Covid-19 and through ever increasing economic challenges. I will look to continue the great partnership he had with Steve to ensure chemical businesses across the UK are in as strong a position as possible to compete on the global stage and deliver growth for the sector”.