Dr. Jack Dunlop

Managing Director

Jack Dunlop spent his early years in the Ayrshire (Scotland) farming community of south-west Scotland, attending Ballantrae Primary School and Girvan Academy.

Jack attended and graduated from Strathclyde University, Glasgow (Scotland) with BSc (Honours) (1977) and PhD (1980) degrees in Chemistry. He was later awarded Chartered Chemist (CChem) and Member (MRSC) status by the Royal Society of Chemistry. Jack was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2017.

Between 1980 and 1998 Jack worked for Exxon Chemicals, Dow Chemical and Lubrizol Corporation in various technical, sales, marketing and business management roles.

During this phase of his career Jack was involved in various speciality chemicals businesses serving diverse markets such as oil and gas, automotive, construction, coatings and chemical industries. Strategic planning, new product development and marketing within a business development environment were central themes to this career experience.

Jack established JD Horizons Limited in 1999 as a specialist technology and marketing channel for performance chemicals in the oil industry. In subsequent years the company became widely recognised as a significant player in the development, supply and marketing of proprietary chemicals for flow assurance applications, and related business services in the worldwide oilfield chemicals market. JD Horizons was acquired by Croda International, a major UK based speciality chemicals company, in August 2014.

A new company, JD Vistas Limited, was incorporated in 2014 to serve specialist consulting and business services activities retained by Jack following the sale of JD Horizons.

Jack is a long standing organising committee member for Chemistry in the Oil Industry, a biannual technology conference convened under the auspices of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the European Oilfield Speciality Chemicals Association. Jack has served on the Board of North Cheshire Chamber of Commerce & Enterprise since 2007 and remains involved with this local business support organisation.

Jack lives in the picturesque and affluent village of Alderley Edge in rural Cheshire.