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Who We Are

Matthew Kimpton-Smith

Matthew Kimpton-Smith Group CEO

Matthew Kimpton-Smith joined Cygnet Group in 1996. He studied Economics at Cambridge and then qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse in London, before joining the BOC Corporate Finance team. Matthew and his wife Sam have four children and outside of work he is committed to his local church, coaching, rowing and keeping fit.
Colin Smith

Colin Smith Group Chairman

Colin Smith has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from The Manchester College of Science and Technology. In the 60’s Colin moved to WHK Products, a family owned company, to design manufacture and sell specialist unwinding machinery and helped to develop the first unwinding creels for carbon fibre. Colin went on to set up Texkimp Ltd in 1974 He designed and developed the unwinding machines and accessories for technical textiles, and high performance yarns which remain the speciality of Texkimp. Colin is now out of the day to day management and acts as a senior consultant and mentor to the group engineering team.
Janet Smith

Janet Smith Non-executive Director

Janet Smith founded Cygnet Group, as Texkimp Limited in 1974, with her husband Colin. Coming from an entrepreneurial background, her father founded and ran WHK Products, Janet became skilled at juggling the demands of a growing business and a growing family. Mother to Matthew Kimpton-Smith, the group MD, these skills have proved vital in helping steer Cygnet through the relatively rapid recent growth. With a keen eye for detail and stringent cash control, Janet now performs a key role as a non-executive Board Member.