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Sally Beken

Sally Beken

Non-Executive Director, Magical Mushroom Company

Sally holds a degree in Chemistry and a Ph.D in Polymer Science. She has been in tech transfer and supporting innovative companies to succeed for over nearly 20 years. She has built numerous collaborations and supported companies accessing funding for innovative projects with her expert knowledge of polymers.  Prior to supporting companies she worked for the Malaysian government researching multi material blended elastomeric compounds and in the medical device industry where her patented formulations are still in production more than 20 years later. She has been an Innovation Lead at Innovate UK where she monitored a portfolio of over 60 projects and steered the scope for plastics related competitions. She is determined to see less plastic waste entering the environment whilst realising the positive benefits of polymers in mitigating climate change and supporting sustainability. She founded and currently heads up the UK Circular Plastics Network and leads on the Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging activity at KTN. She also holds roles as a senior advisor for Systemiq, a NED for two early stage sustainable companies, and is a Fellow of the IOM3. She sits on a number of boards; notably the Sustainable Materials Innovation Hub, Plus X and on a number of IOM3 Leadership Groups.