Key Personnel and Technical Expertise


John Overy

Non-Executive Chairman

Over the past 40 years John has created a highly successful track record within the Adhesive Tape and Converting sector. John’s ability to spot niche opportunities and introduce new technologies into those markets has enabled his companies to grow into well renowned market leading businesses in their specialist sectors.


Simon Shearman

Managing Director

Simon has 15 years’ experience working with adhesives in both tape and liquid formats. He has led teams in the development of advanced adhesives for bespoke medical diagnostic platforms and for the sales and marketing of specialist adhesive and sealant technologies into the construction and built environment sectors. With a wealth of knowledge, contacts and drive, Simon is leading Performance Adhesives’ business development.


Stuart Seagrave

Financial Director

Stuart has held the position of Managing Director of Tape Specialities ltd for 12 years and guided the business through continued growth throughout that period. Stuart’s financial background in Commercial Banking and his all-round knowledge and experience is setting up and growing new businesses makes him the ideal FD for PAL.


Andy Criddle


Andy has over 30 years experience working as a Marketing Director and Consultant on marketing strategy, branding and communications for both SMEs and large corporate businesses in a wide range of markets; including construction, pharmaceuticals, automotive, IT and electronics, for brands such as GlaxoSmithKline, General Motors, Volkswagen Group, Parker Hannifin, Siemens, Fujifilm, Terrapin, Whitbread and Milliken.


Tom Newton

Sales Manager

For the past six years Tom has not only handled our logistics and order processing procedures, he has also been responsible for Project Managing the successful launch of several medical products that the Tape Specialities Group have developed. Tom is now the senior Account Manager for PAL, looking after all elements of client liaison and ensuring a very high level of customer service for our leading accounts.


David Strong

Technical Associate (Sustainable building and energy efficiency)

David Strong is an internationally recognised expert in energy efficient sustainable building design and refurbishment. He was Managing Director of BRE Environment and Chief Executive of Inbuilt Consulting Ltd. (part of Renewable Energy Systems Ltd.). A Visiting Professor at the University of Nottigham and the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development, David is also currently Chairman of the UK’s  Energy Efficiency Partnership for Buildings.


Gary Evans

Technical Associate (Airtightness) 

Gary is a registered Energy Efficiency Consultant for Domestic Built Environments and a specialist advisor for a number of organisations in the field of energy efficiency and reporting services. With a background in energy conservation, renewable energy and sustainability, Gary has most recently been involved in the technology behind the development and assessment of airtight buildings.