Name: Paul Bradley
Job Role: Technical Director
Q. How long have you worked at Technical Absorbents (TAL)?
I have been with TAL over twenty-five years. Prior to that I worked on a portfolio of research projects – one of which was superabsorbent fibres. I joined TAL shortly after it was established to commercialise that research output.
Twenty-five years is a long time with one company, but there have been many developments and changes in that period. Behind the scenes there is always something new happening.
Q. If you could write your own job title that best describes what you do, what would it be?
Polymath. My academic background is Chemical Engineering and Natural Sciences – broad enough one might think. However, my time at TAL has involved a diverse range of projects that invariably needed to draw on complex bodies of knowledge spanning a substantial number of subjects to solve the problem. Multidisciplinary teams and matrix working go some way to facilitate this, but people having a broad understanding of the business and related technology helps ensure the task outcome is the best one – whether it is designing a new fibre spinning machine, setting up a management system or meeting product regulatory requirements.
Q. What are the values that drive you?
“Create Value”. Innovate – challenge constraints. Understand customer needs – feedback is important. We talk of the “value chain” – a chain falls apart at the weakest link; so always treat people and their organisations fairly. Of course, safety and integrity underpin it all.
Q. What is the best piece of advice you've ever received?
Kipling’s “If-”. My father drew my attention to it first whilst I was still at school. It was something he admired so there’s that personal attachment for me.
Q. Where's your favourite place you've travelled to?
That’s a tough one. There are so many great places around the world – the Great Wall, Rome, Paris… some more unusual ones Flåm, Hévíz, Pamukkale, Inari,…but there really is no place like home so in the UK; my choice is Cambridge. It‘s an amazing place – I was fortunate to study at the University so for me it’s a smorgasbord board of favourite experiences, the product of the intimately entwined history of a quintessential English town with the University and the river which drapes around both, giving us the vibrant city of today.