Kate Mingay

Managing Director, Dakram Materials Ltd

Kate Mingay founded Dakram Materials in 2003 to import, export, and distribute metal-based chemicals. The company now sources and sells more than 1,500 tonnes of key chemical components every year and has annual sales of around £3 million.

She studied Materials Sciences with Management at Brunel University, London, graduating with a first-class honours degree.

A fluent French speaker, her 30-year career in the industry began as a Research then Marketing Assistant with ICI Films. She joined the Rare Earths Division of Meldform Metals Limited becoming the European Sales Manager and then Business Manager of its Germanium division with product, planning, and profit responsibility for this international business with sales in excess of £12 million. Following three years consultancy work, during which she managed a multi-million-pound start-up in Finland, she founded Dakram Materials Limited.