About Us

BWA Leadership

James Argyle, CFO

James joined BWA in 2009 and is responsible for optimizing the financial performance of BWA including M&A activity. Prior to joining BWA he worked for BOSiF, a leading UK mid-market private equity house. He qualified as a chartered accountant with Arthur Andersen where he specialized in audit and transaction services. He also spent three years with Deloitte. James has a B.Sc. in Accounting & Finance from Leeds University and is a keen triathlete.

Richard Barwell, VP MENA

Richard joined BWA in 2015 and is responsible for delivering sustainable sales and profit growth in the MENA. He has over 20 years of experience within the water treatment industry covering a wide range of roles in both corporate sales & technical capacities. Much of Richard’s career has been focused on team development across the MENA region, which he was recognized for while at Nalco. Richard also worked with Metito UAE growing the business ten times over while overseeing significant geographical expansion across the GCC and CIS regions. Richard is a graduate of Leeds University in the field of Fuel & Energy Engineering. He has a passion for the outdoors, mountain trekking, scuba diving, golf and skiing.

Gary Brodie, Sales Director Europe

Gary joined BWA Water Additives in 2017 with responsibility for delivering market share and sustainable growth in Europe and Africa. He has over 25 years of experience in International Sales and has extensive expertise in long-term strategic planning and development of both mature and emerging markets. Prior to joining BWA, he held senior roles in Regional Sales leadership at both Tyco and at Watts Water Technologies, with a particular focus on Oil and Gas, Water Treatment, and Industrial markets. Gary is a Mechanical Engineering graduate who enjoys Golf, Football and also works when time allows for a major Autism charity in the Northwest of England.

Angie Dolan, Global HR Director

Angie is responsible for developing the BWA Water Additives team to deliver sustainable performance. She joined Ciba in 1977 and undertook many roles until the FMC acquisition in 1993. She then became the Exec Admin for the MD of the Water Treatment division of FMC and then Chemtura. Angie came to BWA as the Human Resource Director in 2006 and is a very keen golfer.

Justin Penney, VP Operations

Justin joined BWA in 2015 bringing with him over twenty years procurement and supply chain experience within the chemical industry. With responsibility for the global operations function, his primary objective is to build a sustainable sourcing and supply chain strategy to support the company’s growth plans. Prior to joining BWA, Justin worked for AkzoNobel, leading the global procurement function for the marine, protective and yacht coatings business unit. He is married with two daughters and when time allows likes to play golf.

Alastair Sholl, VP Technology & Regulatory

Alastair is responsible for delivering added value to BWA Water Additives through innovation and research & development. He joined FMC in 1993 as a research chemist and was appointed head of regulatory affairs in 2000.  In 2011, he was promoted to Vice President of Technology & Regulatory. Alastair has a PhD in Organic Chemistry from Liverpool University and a B.Sc. from Birmingham University. Alastair is an active cyclist.

Brian Downward, VP Global Marketing

Brian joined BWA Water Additives in 2018 to develop strategies designed to deliver sustainable and profitable growth for the company.

With a 30 year career in specialty chemicals in Solvay, Rhodia and Albright and Wilson, Brian brings unique insight into the oil and gas, industrial water treatment and desalination markets . He built a career from beginnings in technical service to business development and more recently leadership roles in global oil and gas market management. His accomplishments include a winner of the prestigious US Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award and significant M&A projects in the USA .

Brian is passionate about innovation and sustainability and is the author of over 10 patents and co-author of many papers presented at major oil and gas industry events over the years.  

Based in the UK, Brian has a BSC in Biochemistry from the University of Leicester and spends his out of office time balancing the needs of a family with his wife and 3 grown up girls with his interest in walking and team sports.

Paul Overbeck, Commercial Director Americas IWT

Paul joined BWA Water Additives in 2016 with the key focus to promote and grow market share in the Americas region. He brings over 15 years of industry experience ranging from research and development, sales, technical service, corporate accounts and team management. Paul spent the majority of his career at Ecolab and Nalco in cross functional and global roles prior to joining BWA. His hands‐on practice in cooling systems, boilers, waste water, reverse osmosis, water re‐use and formulation make him a valuable asset to our well‐established and knowledgeable team in the Americas.

Paul is based in Minneapolis, MN with his wife and twin sons. He is an avid cyclist, runner, skier and enjoys weekends at the cabin with his family.

Joe Donahue, Commercial Director

Joe joined BWA in 2018 bringing over 25 years of sales, marketing, procurement, and business management experience from his time at GE Plastics and BASF. As Commercial Director, he is responsible for the Oil and Gas business in the Americas. Joe enjoys bringing together teams of BWA and customer personnel to solve challenging customer issues. Joe’s perfect day would be a long bike ride to the beach to enjoy dinner with his family.