Mike Penman MBE, BSc

  • Managing Director

Mike Penman has nearly 40 years’ experience in managing toxicology, regulatory affairs and information technology within major companies (ICI and ExxonMobil), associated trade associations and, since 2007, Penman Consulting.

He has experimental background, initially working on alternatives to long term cancer testing at the ICI Central Toxicology Laboratory in the UK. Later he moved to provide toxicological and regulatory information services to the whole ICI Group, and then to specific businesses on Teesside. During this time he was awarded a UK civil honour for “Services to Environmental Safety”. For nearly 10 years Mike worked for ExxonMobil in the US and Belgium as Senior Toxicology Adviser for Europe, and later as the Technical REACH / GHS Implementation Manager. During this time he worked on the ECETOC TRA exposure model, IUCLID and chaired the REACH Implementation Project responsible for the initial EU guidance on Information Requirements.

Borja Serrano, BSc

  • Software Development Manager

Borja studied Computer Engineering at Polytechnic University of Madrid (Spain). He completed the last year of his degree and the Final Project at the University of Pisa (Italy).

He is a proficient programmer in Java and C++ with experience in all the stages of the software development life-cycle.

Previously, Borja worked as a programmer analyst for communication and audiovisual companies. He has worked as the support engineer for integrated development editors as Delphi or C++ Builder. Within Penman Consulting he works as a software developer and quality engineer of Active Steward™.

Borja was born in Spain and joined Penman Consulting/Active Steward™ 2016.

Richard Bessant, BSc (Hons)

  • Software Developer

Richard earned a BSc (Hons) degree from the University of the West of England, Bristol, in Computing for Real-Time Systems.  He spent the Industrial Placement Year at the Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) in Reading, UK.Richard is an experienced software developer, specialising in Object Orientated Design and Coding.  Previously he has worked for companies with a technological or scientific focus.  Since November 2017, he has worked as a Software Developer on Active Steward™, where he maintains and extends code written in Java, JSP, JavaScript and CSS.

Ross Newby, BSc (Hons)

  • Software Developer

Ross graduated from the University of Lancaster with a first-class honours degree in Computer Science, alongside a gold Lancaster Award, recognising outstanding extra-curricular work.

After exploring solutions for energy optimisation in smart cities, he became an Oracle certified programmer, working with large e-commerce clients, before joining Active Steward™ in 2018. His role involves maintaining and extending code written in Java, JSP, JavaScript, CSS and associated frameworks.

Ross loves the outdoors and travel; he previously volunteered as a park ranger and hopes to continue completing annual ‘Tough Mudder’ events.


Helen Penman, BA (Hons)

  • Product Stewardship and Regulatory Affairs Manager

Helen Penman, BA (Hons), is a regulatory project manager with many years’ experience of working closely with large consortia in the chemicals industry and REACH regulation. Her experience includes SIEF management, SIEF communication, data access for non-REACH purposes, project management, consortia management and financial management of large testing programs for multiple complex substances.

Helen is reading for a BSc (Hons) in Natural Sciences and has level 2 BSL.

Marsh Penman, MA

  • IT and Data Manager

Marsh began his career in Health, Safety and Environmental management in the nuclear industry. He holds the NEBOSH National Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety, and NVQ 3 Advice and Guidance.

Later he became a CEDR-accredited mediator as part of an award-winning team, focussing on SHE and ITIP (Information Technology Intellectual Property) mediation for, among others, the U.K domain name registry Nominet and the County Courts.

Before coming to Penman Consulting Marsh worked for the Open University, Europe’s largest university, in a team providing Higher Education for students in prisons and secure hospitals.

Marsh has a Masters degree specialising in various aspects of computing, hypertext and literary textual analysis, and a postgraduate certification in sports-anatomy, exercise physiology and sports nutrition.

Rhianon Price, BSc (Hons)

  • Active Steward Coordinator

Rhianon Price graduated from the University of Birmingham with a degree in Mathematics in 2014. After working for briefly as a finance assistant, she joined Penman Consulting in 2015.

Rhianon works closely with the Active Steward™ team, testing new releases and providing training to internal staff.  Rhianon also sits inside Penman Consulting’s Product Stewardship and Regulatory Affairs team, contributing to innovative modeling work such as Petrorisk and other statistical work.

James Orr, BSc (Hons)

  • Regulatory Scientist

James graduated from the University of Portsmouth with a First-Class Honours degree in Biomedical Science.

He is a member of the Product Stewardship and Regulatory Affairs (PRSA) team and has been working with Penman Consulting since August 2016.

James’ main responsibilities include overseeing Penman Consulting’s Only Representative services and consulting on REACH and Product Stewardship and Regulatory Affairs queries.

Since joining the company, he has gained additional experience in the creation of Safety Data Sheets, SIEF management and the use of IUCLID.

Matthew Lowy

  • Linux Administrator

Matthew joined Active Steward in November 2018 as Linux Administrator.

He has a degree primarily in Organic Chemistry but has spent his working career in IT in a variety of roles and industries. He spent most of the 10 years before joining Active Steward as a Linux or UNIX administrator in oil, education and publishing with multiple organisations

Outside the office, he spends time in local government and (when the weather permits) on a bike.

Mark Kenworthy, MSc (Hons)

  • Active Steward Business Development Manager   

Mark has a BSc in Applied Chemistry and a MSc in Contemporary Organic Synthesis from the Manchester Metropolitan University.

He joined Penman Consulting in December 2019 after spending 32 years in the chemical industry. The 1st 26 of these were with ICI and ICI legacy companies Zeneca, Avecia & Fujifilm Imaging Colorants (FFIC) initially in R&D roles culminating in leading the Synthetic Organic Chemistry Group @ FFIC before becoming the Toxicology and Regulatory Affairs Manager in 2009. He then joined Houghton International in 2013 as the Product Stewardship Manager with responsibility for Europe, Middle East & Africa supporting business activities in these regions and leading their Global GHS project and Eu REACh projects.

Mark is currently looking at opportunities to further develop Active Steward™.

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