Senior Management

Simon Coates

IT Director

Simon joined AMS in 2002 as Group Information Systems Manager and, during the Company’s growth since then, he has overseen many key IT projects including implementing ERP systems across the Group, integrating acquisitions and relocating the business into its existing Winsford site.

Simon has over 25 years’ experience in IT infrastructure, systems implementation and software development gained from a number of different industries. Prior to joining AMS he was Worldwide IT manager at Whitford Plastics Ltd, a manufacturer of fluropolymer coatings, supporting them through a period of rapid growth, managing multiple sites and key IT projects including ERP implementation and adoption of the Euro for the European offices.

Simon was appointed to the Senior Management Team in January 2015.

Rose Guang

Group Quality Assurance/Regulatory Affairs (QA/RA) Director

Rose joined AMS in May 2013 as Group QA/RA Director having completed her Masters Degree in Precision Engineering from Nanyang Technology University in Singapore. Rose has over 20 years’ experience working for medical device companies and has a strong background in setting up effective quality systems. Rose has worked for Bausch & Lomb International Healthcare, Nypro and spent nine years at Medical House Products plc as Director of Quality, Regulatory Affairs and Operations. Prior to joining AMS, Rose was Head of Quality and Regulatory Affairs at Bespak, part of Consort Medical plc.

Rose is also a 6 Sigma Master Black Belt.

Ross McDonald

Business Unit Director, Surgical

Prior to joining AMS in January 2006 Ross graduated with his BSc from University of Glasgow  and then completed a MSc in Entrepreneurial Studies from Glasgow Caledonian University. Following university, Ross then spent five years within the Pharmaceutical industry.

Upon joining  AMS, from 2006 to 2012, Ross worked across our direct and distributed sales functions  both in the UK Sales organisation before taking on responsibility for  the European Woundcare Business in 2010. In 2012 Ross relocated to the US. In his role as National Sales Manager Americas contributed to a  period of sustained and high growth for the LiquiBand franchise. In October 2016 Ross returned to the UK to take up a new role as Director of Sales for US, UK and Germany and quickly moved into the Global Sales Director role for the Surgical Business Unit.

In January 2021, Ross was appointed to the Business Unit Director role for the Surgical Business Unit.

 

Alan Richardson

Chief Operations Officer

Alan joined AMS in November 2018 as Chief Operations Officer. Alan graduated with a B Eng honours degree in Chemical Engineering from Bradford University. Alan joined Yorkshire Chemicals as a Chemical Engineer and has since had 25 years of experience in the Medical Device, Pharmaceutical, Contract Research and Chemical Industries having worked for both Bristol-Myers Squibb and Convatec. Prior to joining AMS, Alan spent the last 11 years at Convatec and held a number of roles including Director, New Product Integration; Vice President Quality and Operations and Vice President Advanced Wound Care Operations.

Cathy Tomlinson

Group HR Director

Cathy joined AMS in May 2017 as Group HR Director. Cathy graduated with a degree in Business Studies from Liverpool John Moores University and completed a Master in Business Administration at Strathclyde University. She spent five years working for Amazon and was head of HR for their final mile delivery business (which was a start-up business for Amazon).

Prior to  this Cathy held senior HR roles for Xerox – supporting the outsourcing of managed services from government and blue chip organisations to Xerox and Emirates Airline, based in Dubai, where she supported the growth of the airline in new geographies and acquisitions.

Becky Walmsley

Business Unit Director, Woundcare

Becky joined AMS in July 2015 as Business Unit Director of OEM and Bulk Materials. Becky graduated with a degree in Modern Languages (French and German) with International Studies from South Bank University in 1993 and completed an Executive Masters of Business Administration at Lancaster University in 2000.

Becky has more than 13 years’ experience in the Medical Device sector, having held various senior management roles, most recently as European Sales Director for Scapa Healthcare.

Chris Locke

Chief Technology Officer

Chris joined AMS in 2021 and has full responsibility for all innovation, research, development and technology assessments for the Group. He is responsible for delivering an increasing pipeline of high value innovation projects within our expanding portfolio, as well as identifying external technology opportunities complementary to the business.

Prior to this Chris was a senior manager at Acelity, having spent 20 years within the $1.6 billion global KCI franchise, where he was instrumental in the development, creation and launch of their world-leading NPWT therapy range and other wound-care & surgical technologies. Most recently he was Acelity’s Chief Innovation Officer and prior to that held roles as Vice President, Research & Technology, Senior Director Global Innovation & Strategic Marketing, and Director, Engineering, Design & Technology. Chris is the named inventor on more than 500 US patent applications and 329 granted US patents.