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.

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
CEO

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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.

 

In October 2014 Mike was appointed CEO of Surgical Innovations Ltd.

Chris Rea
Interim Managing 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.

In 2014 Chris joined Surgical Innovations Group as a non-executive board member and in October 2014 Chris was appointed Interim Managing Director of the Group.