Healthcare Technologies Sector Group membership

Jason Brannan Chart. PR, MCIPR, Dip CIPR, MIoD
Chair of the Sheffield City Region LEP Healthcare Technologies Sector Group


Jason has over 17 years direct experience in Business Strategy, Leadership, Business Growth, Public Relations and Communications working across the Healthcare Technology and Related Life Sciences Sector.

This has seen him working extensively with public and private sector bodies across Industry, the NHS, Academia and Regional/National Business Support Bodies, encompassing a local, regional, national and international remit. Jason also led Medilink’s route toward Sector Skills Provision relating to Healthcare Technologies, culminating in the Ascend Medilink Skills Programme which delivers interventional business growth skills around PR and Marketing, Product Innovation and Internationalisation, this included securing funding, course design, strategic direction and national accreditation.

Medilink is a national health technology business support organisation, with a strong track record in increasing the viability of manufacturers, service providers, designers, OEMs and suppliers of medical technology.

Confronting the day-to-day issues that face businesses, Medilink UK helps companies from concept through to commercialisation and nurtures collaborations between academics, clinicians and industry.  With a team of experts, Medilink UK can provide bespoke market research for companies diversifying into the sector, or investing in research and development.  On an international platform, Medilink UK supports global companies investing in the UK market as well as promoting the export of products and services to the US, Middle East and Asia.

Brian Reece
Brian Reece
Sheffield Precision Medical

Sheffield Precision Medical specialises in the diverse design, prototyping and production of low to high volume orthopaedic surgical instruments. UK & international orders and respective production have risen rapidly since 2010, driving a business plan of continuous expansion which is greatly assisted by the resource of a vast pool of people and skills within the Sheffield City Region.

Brian has been involved in the precision engineering industry for over 45 years, serving an apprenticeship in mechanical engineering with the Motor Industry Research Association, then expanding his skills with leading precision subcontractors to the aerospace industry before moving to work directly with Rolls Royce Industrial & Marine division covering best practice in manufacturing and industrial engineering with a move into manufacturing orthopaedic instrumentation in 1990.

A keen advocate of the potential of both the skills and resources of the Sheffield Region (which has proved its credibility with each business venture in manufacturing) Brian is passionate about supporting and promoting the strengths of the SCR Healthcare Technology sector.

David Mills
David Mills
BMI Thornbury Hospital

BMI Thornbury Hospital in Sheffield is part of BMI Healthcare, Britain’s leading provider of independent healthcare with a nationwide network of hospitals & clinics performing more complex surgery than any other private healthcare provider in the country. Their commitment is to quality and value, providing facilities for advanced surgical procedures together with friendly, professional care. BMI Thornbury Hospital has four theatres, an endoscopy suite, a high dependency unit and an intensive care unit. In addition, the hospital has one of only five Gamma Knives in the UK, which is a state-of-the art procedure, also known as stereotactic radio-surgery, which uses a single dose of highly focused radiation, designed to treat brain tumours.

David is Executive Director and Registered Manager under the CQC (Care Quality Commission) and therefore has a duty of care to ensure that all patients are treated with the utmost respect and dignity to the highest possible outcomes. David manages a team of over 300 dedicated staff, who support patient care throughout the hospital. In addition to the general management of the hospital and compliance with CQC standards, David is focused on business development and engagement with the community the hospital serves. To that end involvement with the Sheffield City Region LEP Healthcare Technologies Sector Group is high on his agenda, and he is looking forward to having valued input into the Group’s activity.

Joe Langley

Joe Langley

Lab4Living is an exciting collaboration between the Art and Design and Health and Social Care Research Centres at Sheffield Hallam University and users, consumers or customers. This creative partnership brings together research expertise spanning the fields of health, rehabilitation, design, engineering, ergonomics and user led design.

Joe Langley is a Senior Research Fellow with a design engineering background, focusing on Healthcare Technologies. Joseph acts as researcher, project manager and business development manager for Lab4Living, offering a design research service in a healthcare context. He brings together the diverse disciplines, expertise and resources as appropriate from across the university to work on projects; from sciences, engineering, creative design, sociology, psychology and a wide range of healthcare disciplines, from fundamental research, innovation, service design and product design, development and testing.

Karen Booth
Karen Booth
University of Sheffield Healthcare Gateway

Sheffield Healthcare Gateway provides a single entry-point for businesses to access the health-related expertise and facilities at the University of Sheffield.  From basic science to large-scale clinical trials and evaluation, the Gateway covers the full range of support available to businesses wishing to develop innovative healthcare products and services.  The University is consistently ranked among the top 20 research-intensive institutions in the UK and is currently #1 for Health Services Research.

Karen Booth is a Business Manager for the Sheffield Healthcare Gateway, responsible for managing projects in the healthcare technology and medical device fields, as well as coordinating clinical research between the university and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.  Before joining the University of Sheffield, Karen spent 15 years in the pharmaceutical industry, operationally coordinating clinical trials and managing business development for an international contract research organisation.

Keith Jackson

Keith Jackson
JRI Orthopaedics Ltd

JRI Orthopaedics Ltd is a British manufacturer of orthopaedic implants and surgical instrumentation.  The Company operate from a modern, purpose built facility in Sheffield that houses Research, Product Development, Marketing, Customer Service and Distribution alongside World-class manufacturing.

JRI was formed by Mr Ronald Furlong FRCS in 1970 and is renowned for the Furlong® Hydroxyapatite Ceramic (H-A.C) Coated Total Hip Replacement (THR), which was the first H-A.C Coated THR in the world. Today, the Furlong® H-A.C Coated THR has achieved outstanding clinical success globally.

Innovative new products are continuing to be developed and introduced working in collaboration with Clinicians, Academics and Partner organisations. JRI’s mission is to give patients a better quality of life for longer by providing the best solutions for joint repair and reconstruction.

Mark Roughsedge
Mark Roughsedge
Sector Manager for Membership Development (AMP)

TWI has over 35 years’ experience in helping medical companies to meet their technology challenges and to manufacture cost-effective products. TWI work with Member companies to solve diverse product development problems. Key industry sub-sectors within TWI Medical include orthopaedics, diagnostics and cardiovascular, although TWI are able to work on projects in most medical specialities.

TWI input into the product development process ranges from simple advice on the selection of materials and joining technology, through to the design and prototyping of new products, and business planning and process support. TWI’s team has an in-depth knowledge of collaborative research and development, ranging from expertise in consortium building and bid writing through to large-scale programme management, and is happy to talk to companies interested in knowing more about collaborative R&D funding.

Since 2002, TWI has managed the HealthTech and Medicines Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) established by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) to promote collaboration and knowledge sharing in the health sector. TWI also deliver knowledge transfer services to the Technology Strategy Board linked to the Assisted Living Innovation Platform and the Detection and Identification of Infectious Agents Innovation Platform.

Kay Philips
Kay Phillips
Sheffield Hallam University Faculty of Health & Wellbeing

The Faculty of Health and Wellbeing at Sheffield Hallam University provides courses, research expertise, and services to businesses and organisations operating in the health care, social care, life science, and sport industries. With more than 600 staff and 8000 students, the Faculty’s direct offer to business extends from test-tube to clinic and includes access to graduate, postgraduate, and expert talent.

Kay Phillips is Head of UK Business Development in the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing at Sheffield Hallam University. She works closely with the NHS, industry networks, local government agencies and University colleagues to develop business across a range of sectors.  Kay’s academic interests focus on service improvement and leadership development, particularly for doctors and other health and social care professionals. For the last three years she has been seconded part time to the Telehealth and Telecare for Long Term Conditions project of the Yorkshire and the Humber Health Innovation and Education Cluster (HIEC).

Mark Tock
Mark Tock
Sheffield Hallam University Faculty of Health & Wellbeing

As Business Development Manager (UK & International) for the Faculty, Mark supports academic colleagues in developing activities ranging from consultancy to bespoke courses, and from contract research to collaborative projects. With expertise in business incubation and life science research, Mark is able to effectively link academia and business. The continued growth and further strengthening of Sheffield’s healthcare technology business is an area in which Mark believes SHU has a role to play in generating value for the Sheffield region.

Matthew Tulley
Matthew Tulley
Single Use Surgical

Single Use Surgical is a leading manufacturer and supplier of high quality single use fine surgical instruments to the global healthcare market. Since its foundation in 2001 the company has grown successfully to £2m t/o, with a prestigious client base now encompassing over 450 public and private hospitals in the UK and a large number of worldwide distribution partners

Matthew Tulley is Managing Director and started the business after working in general management in automotive and oil and gas equipment manufacturing.  With interests in product design, lean principles and entrepreneurship, he joined the SCR LEP Healthtech Sector Group to ‘put something back’ and help support other growing or start-up companies.  A clean room has been established in a joint venture with Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre (BBIC) to meet the SCR LEP healthtech objectives, and provide a low cost product development facility available to rent on flexible terms.

Philippa Hedley
Philippa Hedley
Creative Sheffield

Creative Sheffield is the economic development function for Sheffield City Council, facilitating inward investment and driving growth in Sheffield’s indigenous business base within the key sectors of healthcare technologies; advanced manufacturing; creative and digital industries; and business and financial services.

Philippa Hedley is Sector Growth Manager for Healthcare Technologies at Creative Sheffield, and her role is to provide a free and confidential dedicated account manager service to assist businesses through every aspect of establishing and growing their activity in Sheffield.

Core services include identifying funding opportunities bespoke to company activity; international trade support; brokering introductions to the local supply chain, the knowledge base, sector support agencies, and the NHS to enable collaborative activity; developing bespoke business support programmes; promoting networking events and opportunities; identifying property to match specified requirements; providing PR support for news stories; delivering bespoke recruitment support; and co-ordinating inward investment city visits.

Alan Lyons
Alan Lyons
Creative Sheffield

Alan Lyons is Investor Development Manager at Creative Sheffield.

Investor Development Manager with over twenty years experience encouraging expansion and inward investment into the Sheffield Region from national and international companies, as well as SME’s. Experience of working across all business sectors managing relationships with a broad range of companies understanding their markets, business drivers and enablers of expansion. Enabler of strategic business relationships to deliver improved business results. A good communicator, able to build relationships quickly, with a large network of contacts across the Sheffield city region; extensive knowledge of the business agenda and business issues throughout Sheffield

Vannessa Stainthorpe
Vanessa Stainthorpe
Harrison Goddard Foote

HGF Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys and HGF Law form one of the fastest growing, full-service intellectual property firms in the UK. From launch with a single attorney in 1995, the firm now boasts more than 70 attorneys and solicitors in a total staff in excess of 150, making HGF one of the top five patent firms in the country. Growth has been secured organically and through a combination of acquisition and strategic lateral hires, from both private practice and in-house counsel.

Vanessa Stainthorpe is partner in the firm and has been based in Sheffield since 1998.  Her expertise covers patent matters in the physics and mechanical engineering fields, with a particular focus on medical technology. She has prosecuted and advised on numerous patents with medical subject matter, such as drug delivery devices, spinal and other orthopaedic instruments, dental, knee and hip implants, fracture fixators, ventilators, EEG systems, ophthalmic technology, cardiovascular stents and catheters. Vanessa works with clients with IP portfolios at all stages of development, from start-up companies to global corporations with complex interrelated patent cases, providing commercially-focussed and proactive advice.

Wendy Tindale
Prof Wendy Tindale
Devices For Dignity

Devices for Dignity (D4D) is a National pilot Department of Health programme set up to drive forward innovative new products, processes and services to help people with debilitating conditions deal with their daily challenges. Through working with inventors, clinical and healthcare staff, industry, academics and patients, D4D bring real solutions to areas of clinical and patient need.

Professor Wendy Tindale is Scientific Director of Medical Imaging & Medical Physics at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and also Head of Nuclear Medicine for the Trust’s three sites.  As Consultant Clinical Scientist, she leads one of the largest NHS centres of medical technology in the UK where she oversees the delivery of a wide spectrum of clinical scientific developments and services. She has extensive experience in frontline patient care, service delivery and improvement, and healthcare innovation. She holds a Chair at the University of Sheffield and has a national role as Director of the NIHR Sheffield ‘Devices for Dignity’ (D4D) Healthcare Technology Co-operative.

Professor Tindale has an interest in combining clinical academic excellence with business opportunities through commercial translation of innovative medical technologies and has worked with both public and private sectors to facilitate successful collaborations, contributing to numerous national and international committees, including Royal College Working Parties and Government advisory bodies. She is an editorial board member of an international journal and in 2011 was given a Beacon Award for outstanding contribution to healthcare.

Ann Starkey
Ann Starkey

Medipex is a Healthcare Innovation Hub established as a not for profit company, limited by guarantee, by six NHS Trusts in the Yorkshire and Humber Region and working with NHS organisations since 2004. Medipex have a comprehensive understanding of the changing NHS landscape and have been working successfully with a wide range of medical technology companies since 2009, helping companies from across the UK and overseas to develop, trial and commercialise innovative products.  Medipex work with three main customer groups: NHS staff, healthcare businesses and universities to facilitate the transition of ideas, from inception through to market.

Ann Starkey is the Deputy Chief Executive and Company Secretary of Medipex Ltd. She has over 25 years experience of working across the boundaries of the Higher Education and Healthcare Sectors, latterly in research and project management in the Faculty of Medicine and Health at Leeds University. Prior to joining Medipex she was part of the Executive Team that set up the Company.  Her role within the company is that of operational management.    She holds an MBA (with distinction) from the University of Leeds

Steve Roberts
Steve Roberts
Fripp Design

Fripp Design and Research was established in 2005 with an explicit mission to develop its own intellectual property around the fundamental premise of solving quantitative, rather than qualitative problems. In recent times the company has developed considerable knowledge and expertise in the rapid manufacture of custom medical devices. Fripp Design and Research funds it development activities through the sales of its expertise to third party clients who require help in the areas of product and business development.

Steve Roberts brings 28 years commercial experience, specifically in the area of bringing new product and services to market via multi tier distribution. He has worked for multinationals such as Schlumberger as well as new company start ups. Steve is a graduate in Applied Physics where he developed his analytical skills in problem identification and problem solving.  Steve also has a Masters Degree in Business Administration.

Kevin Kiely
Kevin Kiely, Managing Director
Medilink (Yorkshire & Humber Ltd)

Medilink Yorkshire and Humber Ltd provide a range of specialist consultancy services to address the needs of organisations within the healthcare technology sector. Connected across academia, business and the clinical base, Medilink understand how to create opportunities to develop organisations and offer tailor made services to deliver business goals.

Kevin Kiely, Managing Director of Medilink (Yorkshire & Humber) Ltd, was the co founder of the Medilink model in 1994.   He has 20 years experience of working in collaboration with the NHS, academia and business, to drive innovative solutions to unmet clinical needs.  Kevin is a core management partner in the TSB’s Health Tech and Medicines KTN, a council member of the ‘Technologies in Medicine’ section of the Royal Society of Medicine, an assessor for a number of national funding programmes and he leads on international activity for Medilink UK.


alison orr
Alison Orr
Knowledge Transfer and Innovation Manager

Alison Orr is Knowledge Transfer and Innovation Manager delivering consultancy services on all aspects of innovation management, intellectual asset management and knowledge transfer activities.  Alison has a particular focus and strong international network of contacts in the Life Science sector, helped by her role in managing and delivering the Enterprise Europe Network Yorkshire (EENY) Project.

Targeting Innovation Ltd (TIL) is a technology and innovation consultancy which helps the private sector develop innovative products and technologies, supports the commercialisation of research, and  develops creative solutions for the public sector to help boost regional competitiveness.  TIL also offers a number of innovative products including IT tools, such as AstraNetTM, a bespoke tool for management of collaborative, multi-partner projects.

Alison’s role has a focus on knowledge transfer services, IP service management and delivery and management and facilitation of business brokerage events and company missions.  Alison is passionate about utilising her contacts and expertise to promote the Sheffield City Region’s healthcare technologies sector.

Prior to joining Targeting Innovation, Alison worked for multinationals in the clinical trial and plant biotechnology sectors, followed by a firm of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys where she dealt with clients at both local and international level.  Alison is a part-qualified patent and trade mark attorney with a DPhil in Clinical Medicine from the University of Oxford and BSc Hons in Molecular Biology from University of Glasgow.