Our Team

 
James Ibbotson David Griffiths Martin Ellison Mike Greenwood Andrew Firth Jonathan Cockroft Nigel Cook Mike West Andy Phillips Matthew Ward Sam Holliman Darren Chell Fozia Mahmood Roger Edwards Eamonn Ryan Steve Smith Marc Varley Peter Gaunt Martyn Lewis David Whitaker Michaela Harris Colin Wells Ben Williams Chris Brothwood
  • Directors
  • Senior Team
James Ibbotson
James Ibbotson

Group Chief Executive Officer

James was appointed Group Chief Executive Officer of both Sidhil Ltd and Medequip Assistive Technology Ltd on 1st January 2016. James who has an MSc in Operations Management had previously worked for Sidhil since leaving education and had been its Managing Director since 2009 where he oversaw significant profitable growth. Following the sale of Sidhil Ltd to Drive DeVilbiss on 6th January 2017, James has become more actively involved in overseeing the future development of Medequip.

When he isn't living and breathing work, James enjoys spending time with his family and pursuing his passion for cricket and skiing. He claims to be able to execute a 360 degree helicopter spin on skis!

David Griffiths
David Griffiths

Managing Director

David has more than 20 years’ experience in the logistics, warehousing and distribution industry, across a spectrum of sectors working for blue chip companies in operations, account retention and business development. He has worked at Director level since 2000 and has delivered significant results in sales growth, cost control and people development.

For the last 3 and a half years David has been working for Medequip, initially as Commercial and Operations Director, and subsequently as Managing Director, overseeing significant strategic diversification, new business development, change management, project implementation, people development, cost reduction and health and safety improvements.

He lives in Bedford with his wife and twin daughters and enjoys cricket and golf.

I am extremely proud to have a fantastic Medequip team supporting our aims to deliver the range of services we provide to keep people independent at home for as long as possible and to develop the efficiencies with our customers that allow us to maximise the funds available to do this for as many individuals as we can.

Martin Ellison
Martin Ellison

Group Chief Financial Officer

Martin joined the company as Chief Financial Officer of the Healthcare division in October 2013. Martin is a seasoned finance executive with experience as CFO, Managing Director, and Commercial and Finance Director across a range of sectors including manufacturing, consulting, business outsourcing, retail, and automotive. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Martin has 30 years experience in financial management and Director roles and has worked for a number of corporations including Ford Motor Company, Linpac Group, Godfrey Davis Group, Alexander Mann Solutions and Celerant Consulting. He has worked in private and public sectors, has been Finance Director of a main market public company and has participated in three MBOs.

To relax away from work Martin enjoys time with his family and a round or two of golf!

Mike Greenwood
Mike Greenwood

Chief Financial Officer

Mike joined Medequip as Chief Financial Officer in November 2017.  Mike has 30 years’ experience encompassing operations in Industrial Services, Vending & Food Services, Distribution & Packaging and Retail & Distribution.

Mike is a chartered accountant and over the course of his career has held key finance roles in three separate, fast-growing companies, with differing ownership structures including families and private equity.

Mike is an avid fan of travel and of all sports; as his two daughters head off to university, he hopes to indulge further in both!

Andrew Firth
Andrew Firth

Operations Director

Andrew joined Medequip in May 2011 and has spent all his working life in logistics, encompassing operations in warehousing, distribution and sales order processing, project management, account management and business development. He has worked in a variety of market sectors with much of his career being in healthcare logistics and end users as diverse as wholesalers, hospitals, care and residential homes and customers at home, within a private and public sector environment.

Andrew joined Medequip to utilise his logistics skills but also to contribute to the wellbeing of the general population.

Andrew is married with 2 young children and live in the Thames Valley. In his spare time, when not ferrying his children around, he enjoys running, squash, motorsport and help to coach the junior section of the local rugby club.

Jonathan Cockroft
Jonathan Cockroft

IT Director

Jonathan has been working with Medequip in November 2001, managing its IT architecture through his role as a director at Creative Software Solutions (Europe) Limited. He has been instrumental in developing TCES Connections, one of the most advanced ICES ordering and supply chain solutions, that currently powers over 27 Medequip contracts in loan and retail across the UK.

Jonathan became the IT director for Medequip in November 2011, to help fulfil the company's objective to become the leading market provider of integrated community equipment services.

At Medequip we have a unparalleled opportunity to take community equipment to a world class level, using cutting edge technology and a talented team to deliver first class products and service.


Jonathan is married with two children and lives in Warwickshire. His hobbies include flying light aircraft and playing club tennis.

Nigel Cook
Nigel Cook

Director of Human Resources & SHEQ

Nigel joined Medequip in February 2015 and has held a number of leadership roles in UK, US and Japanese businesses operating in different sectors and markets. His experience includes helping businesses grow, change management and cultural development. From January 2016 Nigel also assumed board responsibility for Safety, Health, Environment and Quality.

He lives in Norwich and enjoys football (Leicester City fan), going to the gym and a wide spectrum of music.

Mike West
Mike West

Procurement Director

Mike joined Medequip in January 2016, after having worked in a number of leadership positions in the Logistics and Chemicals Industry. Mike’s expertise lies in Strategic Procurement, General Management and Operational Director roles across market leading businesses in both the UK and on the European Continent. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply.

Outside of work Mike plays golf in summer and skis in winter. He is an avid traveller and likes to keep fit and watch live rugby, football and golf.

Andy Phillips
Andy Phillips

Head of Business Development

Andy joined Medequip in 2004 as a CSM (Contract Support Manager) covering the South East Region which at the time included Derbyshire! Andy took up the role of Head of Business Development in January 2012.

Always involved in Contract Management and Contract Implementation, Andy worked for clients such as Goldman Sachs, Bass Leisure and Harrods before joining Medequip where he enjoys using his skills in a company that ultimately helps people.

Andy, a collector of books and musical instruments enjoys travel and having got bungee jumping, swimming with sharks etc out of his system lives quietly with his wife in Staffordshire.

Matthew Ward
Matthew Ward

Head of Retail Development

Matt originally joined Medequip’s parent group Siddall & Hilton in 2010 to set up the e-commerce retail website www.manageathome.co.uk. He created this as a start-up company to add online retailing to the group’s portfolio. Manage At Home is now integrated into Medequip and remains the brand name for the company’s Independent Living Aids retail website. Matt’s role has also expanded to encompass all aspects of Medequip’s retail development and marketing.

With over 30 years of retail, marketing and latterly e-commerce business development and management experience, Matt’s expertise has enabled Medequip to provide high quality self-funder advice and purchase solutions to our services offered to our community equipment service contract clients. Matt leads the team who promote and advise on the range of daily living aids available to help keep customers safe and independent in their own homes.

Outside of work Matt fits in riding both road and mountain bikes on a regular basis, usually in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park which is in pedalling distance from his home. When not on his bike he spends time with his wife and 2 teenage daughters.

Sam Holliman
Sam Holliman

Head of Supply Chain

Sam Joined Medequip in 1997 as a Purchasing Administrator responsible for the purchase of contract stock and specials. As the business expanded her position developed and she became involved in the tendering process and contract implementation.

Sam is now Medequip’s Purchasing Manager and is responsible for a team of 6 buyers along with the purchase ledger, all based at our Heathrow Head Office. She is responsible for Managing the Supply Chain and ensuring our customers receive the best quality products at the most competitive price, as well as takings projects through from tender stage to implementation. Once contracts are up and running, on-going work is done through Equipment Review Groups.

Sam is a married mother of two girls and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and friends, which usually involves her cooking for everyone!

Darren Chell
Darren Chell

IT Support Manager

Darren joined Medequip in September 2006 as a graduate from Staffordshire University with an honours degree in Information Systems.

Initially working as a Systems Administrator, working in Microsoft Server and SQL Server, he now works as Business Systems Manager. With an interest in Agile Development methods and DSDM Atern, Darren works on the development of Medequip’s Software platform taking software projects from specification, through development to Implementation.

Outside of work hobbies include reading, walking and cycling in and around his home county of Derbyshire.

Fozia Mahmood
Fozia Javed Mahmood

Head of Human Resources

Fozia has over 16 years of experience within numerous multinational organizations and has gained a wealth of knowledge, providing guidance and leadership to senior management. Her broad experience includes benefits, employee relations, payroll, talent acquisition, diversity and management.

She has experience in various industries including professional services, technology and investment banking. Prior to joining The HR Team, Fozia supported both established organizations and entrepreneurial ventures advising through them their stages of creation, growth, and stabilization. Fozia most recent position has been of Head of HR for a logistics company.

Fozia is most proud of her ability to successfully help companies build a strategy that supports the success and goals they aspire to achieve.

Fozia earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Bradford University.

Fozia is married and has been blessed with a daughter, she lives in Middlesex. Her hobbies are baking cakes, reading and travelling.

Roger Edwards
Roger Edwards

Head of Safety, Health, Environmental & Quality (SHEQ)

Roger joined Medequip in October 2016 as Head of SHEQ, Roger has taken over the running of the SHEQ team along with Information Governance.

Prior to joining Medequip he worked in a number of different industries such as Leisure, Transport & Ferries, Fright Forwarding and Manufacturing, successfully implementing positive proactive safety cultures and managing SHEQ strategies across national and international sites.

Roger is very passionate about changing people's perceptions of SHEQ and implementing streamline systems that leads to best industry practices and compliance.

Roger is married with 2 children, twin boy and girl. In his down time he spends most of his time with his family and tries to fit in the gym and Squash where possible. Roger is a keen rugby fan and used to work for the Scottish Rugby Union as a strength and condition coach. He has completed the 3 Peaks Challenge and several half marathons with his next goal to complete a full marathon.

Eamonn Ryan
Eamonn Ryan

Financial Controller

Eamonn joined Medequip in July 2013 as finance manager, assuming control of the finance team of 6. In the past 3 years he has overseen continued growth & expansion in the business. He has worked with the Board and senior management team to deliver real time management information to enable people to manage the business.

Prior to joining Medequip he worked as a Worldwide financial controller for a Market Research Company for over 8 years, overseeing rapid expansion and growth both in the UK and overseas. He enjoyed many business trips abroad, meeting and working with many people of different cultures.

Eamonn is married with 2 children, with the youngest attending university. In his down time he enjoys regular trips to his local gym, playing squash, and playing golf, weather and time permitting.

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

General Manager (North)

Steve as devoted in entire working life to Logistics encompassing operation in warehousing, distribution, project management and contract management. Working previously in the retail food, FMCG and Ecommerce fashion industries for both blue chip companies and public sector customers.

Steve joined Medequip in 2011 as an Operations Manger before moving to his current role as GM for the North East in 2013.

Away from work Steve still lives in the Doncaster village he was born in with his wife, 2 daughters and newly arrived first granddaughter. When not at home or work Steve can be found on the banks of one of the area’s fishing lakes or canals as an avid match angler.

Marc Varley
Marc Varley

General Manager (London & South East)

Marc Varley joined Medequip as General Manager (London) in January 2018.

Marc has successfully led large manufacturing and logistics operations focused on service delivery within complex UK and international environments. With 25 years’ logistics experience, he has successfully implemented a number of function and business turnaround programmes. His ability to empower teams and individuals to make the right decisions for customers, clients and the business has delivered the changes required to enable real advances in customer service while improving business performance.

Marc lives in North Kent with his wife Pippa and two young children. Leisure time is dedicated to family and completing their long running home renovation project.

Peter Gaunt
Peter Gaunt

General Manager (North West)

Peter joined Medequip in April 2016, he has 32 years Logistics experience, covering distribution, warehousing, route planning and customer services. Project implementation/ change management is one of the most enjoyable activities he has undertaken in his career.

Currently lives in Ormskirk with Wife Amanda and Dog Molly. He has 2 grown up children James and Lauren.

Spends most of his free time playing golf and gardening, but also likes to get out into the countryside walking. He has completed the national three peaks challenge twice (once within the 24 hour target) which he says is the best team building experience ever!

Martyn Lewis
Martyn Lewis

General Manager

With a background in Finance from a big five firm of accountants, Martyn undertaken operational roles and finance roles in a range of industries from medical lasers, retail and mail order inc online, waste and demolition and in renewable energy.

Martyn has an excellent track record in business management and development and acquisitions & disposals and delivering results through analysis and drive.

Martyn studied Business Finance at De Montfort University and went on to study ACCA Accounting and several management residential courses.

Martyn was previously Secretary of The Welsh Rugby Referees and Premier Grade referee who officiates at the professional and semi pro level including World Rugby, European Cup and Celtic League Pro12.

David Whitaker
David Whitaker

General Manager (Wales and South West)

David’s expertise in logistics began as a motorcycle courier.  He has experience across many sectors, including Pharmaceuticals (Wholesale and Pharmacy to Home), Aviation logistics, Retail, Technical courier, intelligent locker box, In Night delivery systems, two man specialist distribution network, and Stocktaking. His career to date includes a number of venture capitalist backed management buyouts, but also new business start-ups and many years working within significant national distribution operations.

At home David is an enthusiastic club cyclist, a performing classical musician and also follows the unpredictable fortunes of Middlesbrough Football Club. David has two grown up daughters, although he reports the Bank of Dad remains very much open for business.

Michaela Harris
Michaela Harris

Business Support Manager

Michaela joined the Medequip team in February 2016 and has spent her career to date in logistics operations in the UK and most recently in Dubai, working on projects in Afghanistan and Africa where she managed contracts and operations, distributing products through a highly convoluted supply chain. Michaela brings to Medequip skills in project management, account management and business development and has spent the majority of her career within a public sector environment.

Michaela joined Medequip to further develop her skills within another market sector but also to work in an organization that provides invaluable services to those that need it most.

Michaela lives in the Thames Valley, in a property that has been spotted more than once in Midsomer Murders! In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, swimming and running, but also spending time with friends and family and her god children.

Colin Wells
Colin Wells

Fleet & Project Manager

Colin is a versatile manager with strong Commercial, Project and Operational Management experience gained in Blue Chip and SME environments in the Local authority infrastructure maintenance, highways maintenance, rail plant, construction Plant sales & hire, Vehicle hire, Fleet maintenance sectors.

He has a passion for fast motorbikes and disaster TV series - not an ideal combination.

Ben Williams
Ben Williams

Business Improvement Manager

Ben is an experienced senior operations manager with a proven track record of continuous improvement having managed large scale complex operations through periods of intense and significant change loading. Ben’s career has been focused mainly within the Logistics, Warehousing, Distribution and Postal Sector with exposure to the E-Commerce industry working for large blue chip companies since graduating.

Ben recently took up the role of Business Improvement Manager for Medequip and is currently focused on providing the relevant expertise in the leadership, deployment and transfer of recognised 'best in class' business improvement activities to improve all areas of the scorecard at Medequip.

He lives in South Yorkshire with his partner and has two children. He enjoys football and is an avid Newcastle United fan.

Chris Brothwood
Chris Brothwood

Health and Care Adviser

Chris joined Medequip in March 2017 after 36 years working within the NHS and Local Government, including successful secondments to the Department of Health and the NHS Executive. Chris is an experienced General Manager who has fulfilled a variety of senior roles and lead positions nationally and regionally. Chris brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience in both strategic and operational service development along with project and commissioning expertise.

Chris currently lives with his wife in Yoxall, Staffordshire and has 2 grown up sons and 1 grown up daughter along with 2 grandchildren. Chris has had and continues to have many interests but currently is enjoying Travelling, Wildlife Photography, Music and Motorsport Events along with long leisurely walks in the countryside.

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