Board of Directors

Providing an excellent network of experience and knowledge to grow the group, our Board of Directors are an impressive set of executives from across the business world.

Doug Liversidge CBE

Non-executive Chairman

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Doug Liversidge CBE

Board committees
Remuneration Committee (Chairman), Audit Committee

 

Experience
Doug was educated in Sheffield and graduated with a degree in Metallurgy in 1957. Employed for 21 years at British Steel,
Doug attained the position of Chief Quality Manager.

After moving to G W Thornton as Managing Director and subsequently appointed Chief Executive, Doug guided the company through its flotation on the London Stock Exchange in March 1987 and was instrumental in the company winning numerous prestigious business awards including the Queen’s Award to Industry for Export Achievement and twice the Cutlers Acclaim Award for Corporate Growth. In 1991, Doug was awarded South Yorkshire Businessman of the Year. Doug was previously Chairman of Medilink Yorkshire and Humber. He is proud to have held the office of Master Cutler in Hallamshire from 1998 to 1999.

 

Doug has two honorary degrees from Sheffield University and Sheffield Hallam University and in 2000, was appointed Chairman of the South Yorkshire Learning & Skills Council by Government Office, Leeds. He was awarded the CBE in the 2000 New Year’s Honours List for services to industry. In 2012 Doug received the coveted Medilink Beacon Award for Outstanding Contribution to Healthcare in recognition of his continued services to the medical device industry.

 

Other appointments
Chair of the Leeds Innovation Health Hub and Fusion IP plc.

Graham Bowland

Chief Executive Officer

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Graham Bowland

Experience
Graham graduated from Cardiff University with an honours degree in Physics in 1982. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1987 whilst working for a local firm of
chartered accountants.

 

After gaining substantial experience in the private sector, Graham joined SI in February 1999 as Financial Controller and was promoted in the same year to the Group Board as Finance
Director and Company Secretary.

 

Appointed Joint Managing Director of Surgical Innovations Limited in 2000 and made sole Managing Director in 2008, Graham has been instrumental in building upon the Company’s reputation within the industry for innovation and in-house manufacturing. In 2010, Graham became Group Chief Executive Officer, continuing to build the Company’s strategy.

 

Other appointments
Until 2012, represented the Leeds city region on its BIG Panel reporting to the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and currently a member of the Leeds Innovation Health Hub.

Colin Glass

Non-executive Director

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Colin Glass

Board committees
Audit Committee (Chairman), Remuneration Committee

 

Experience
Colin is a Chartered Accountant and a partner in Winburn Glass Norfolk. He is a founder Director of Surgical Innovations Limited and was instrumental in securing early funding and in the reverse takeover of Haemocell plc in 1998, which resulted in the quotation of the Company on AIM.

 

Other appointments
Colin is a Non-executive Director of several companies, including Straight PLC and Getech Group plc, which are quoted on AIM. He is the Chairman of SI’s Audit Committee and a member of SI’s Remuneration Committee. Using his expertise in financial and corporate advisory matters, Colin has built up a wide range of contacts from various industries and organisations which benefit the companies with which he is involved.

Ray Simkins

Non-executive Director

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Ray Simkins

Board committees
Remuneration Committee, Audit Committee

 

Experience
Ray is a mechanical engineer by training and worked for The Getz Group since 1966 spending the majority of his career working within group companies in the USA, Japan, Australia and South East Asia. Ray is a member of both the SI’s Audit and Remuneration Committees and, with experience in international marketing, logistics and manufacturing in the healthcare field. He provides invaluable input into many aspects of the Board’s activities.

 

Other appointments
Ray is currently President of the Getz Group and continues to
focus his activities in the USA and Asia/Pacific region. Ray has been a Non-executive Director since 1996 and was instrumental in securing investment from Getz prior to the reverse takeover of Haemocell plc in 1998.

Professor Mike McMahon

Non-executive Clinical Director

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Professor Mike McMahon

Experience
Mike, a founder Director of Surgical Innovations Ltd, became Non-executive Clinical Director in October 2007. He is an
Emeritus Prof of Surgery at the University of Leeds, and practices as a Consultant Surgeon at the Nuffield Hospital, Leeds. He has carried out research and development of laparoscopic surgery and has demonstrated operative techniques in many countries. He is past President of the Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland and was also Tutor in MIS at the Royal College of Surgeons and Director of the Leeds Institute for Minimally Invasive Therapy.

 

Other appointments
Mike’s past roles include President of the Pancreatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland and Chairman of the Education
Committee of the European Association of Endoscopic Surgery. He is a Non-executive Director of Cipher Surgical Limited.

Mike Thornton
Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary

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Experience
Mike is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. He joined the Group in December 2011 as Finance Director of the main trading subsidiary and was appointed as Chief Financial Officer of the Group in May 2012. He also acts as Company Secretary.

 

Mike joined the Group from professional services firm PwC. Mike trained as a graduate with PwC and then progressed through to Director over a 14-year period, working in offices in Hull, Leeds and London. Whilst at PwC he primarily provided audit, due diligence and stock exchange accountancy services to a wide range of clients across the Yorkshire region.

Chris Rea
Non-executive Director

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Experience

Born in Northern Ireland in 1954, Chris Rea is the Managing Director of AESSEAL®, the UK’s last remaining and the world’s 4th largest mechanical seal manufacturer. 

 

Chris graduated from Queens University Belfast in 1975 with an Honours Degree in Economics and has spent over 30 years growing the business, which had 8 people in 1979.  The Group has 1700 employees and operates from 77 locations in 37 countries.  2013 sales were £147 million, with exports accounting for more than 90% of the total.  All of the product development, process development, information technology and more than 90% of manufacturing continues to be based in the UK.

 

Chris was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for South Yorkshire in 2011 and was elected FIMechE in December 2012.