Brick experts join the board at Encos

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GREEN brick firm Encos is preparing to commercialise its innovative technology after appointing two brick experts to its board.

The Leeds-based firm, spun out of the University of Leeds, makes bricks from sewage and ash and has appointed building products expert David Szymansksi and architect Michael Driver to its board.

Mr Szymansksi is a former managing director of Hanson Building Products, and has been a trustee of Building Research Establishment, becoming a non-executive director there in 2010.

Mr Driver is an architect, brick specialist and associate lecturer at the Cambridge University School of Architecture specialising in construction. He was chief executive of the Brick Development Association for eight years from 2003 to 2011.

Both joined Encos’ advisory board in June 2011, but have recently been appointed to its full board.

Encos chief executive Mark Nichols said: “Their expertise and experience will be an invaluable asset to Encos Ltd as we move through scale production and into the marketplace.”

The group’s carbon-neutral bricks and brick slips are made from a combination of recovered aggregates and vegetable oil base.