I'd like to introduce myself. Born 1954 Liverpool. Father: William Lewis Birkett, also born in Liverpool (now deceased). He could trace his family back to the Lake District. Mother (still alive in Liverpool): Elsie (nee Meall). I'm married to Jacquie (nee Byrne, born Australia). Children: Emma (born 1988, Belgium), Sally (born 1990, Belgium), Katy (born 1993, Ireland). We now live in Naas, County Kildare. I studied chemistry at Oxford, and have worked for Courtaulds in Coventry and ICI in Belgium, before joining Loctite (now part of Henkel) here in 1993.