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About Laura

Laura is an expert recruiter for the chemical industry with over twenty years experience working with clients in the chemical, polymer, coating and science based industries. Her career started as Chemist working in R & D, formulation, product development, transfer to production and commercialization. She has experience of analytical techniques such as AFM, FT-IR, DSC, GC-MS alongside dispersion and milling of pigments, testing and weathering of coatings and even some colour matching. Her PhD specialised in UV curing, photochemistry, polymer chemistry and chemical synthesis and her work was published in journals and presented at international conferences. Laura joined a scientific recruiter and was rapidly prompted to company director taking responsibility for managing the team and business development. Supporting recruitment across the UK, Europe and Internationally, she has worked with the leading chemical companies to find the best industry talent. As an expert Consultant she has managed projects to build commercial & regulatory teams and research groups. In 2019 she founded Merritt Recruitment to provide a professional recruitment service for their clients and candidates.

  • Specialties: Search & Selection and Contingency for the Chemical, Polymer, Scientific and Technical Industries

  • Assignments in commercial, technical, regulatory and operations.

  • Member of an extensive network of connections in both industry and academia

  • Assists recent graduates and seasoned professionals so you can achieve your career goals

  • Regular blogger and contributor to Surface Coatings International

Laura is passionate about the chemical industry and participates in industry out reach events, arranging conferences and hosting technical webinars. Her goal is to bring together talented people with leading companies to drive innovation and sustainability.

  • Council member of OCCA

  • Secretary of the Royal Society of Chemistry - Surface Coatings Group

  • Managing Director of Surfex

  • Head of Bursary Committee for OCCA

  • PhD, BSc, FTSC, MRSC

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