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 Board changes at Lombard Medical OTD   MEDICAL DEVICE COMPANY LOMBARD MEDICAL Technologies PLC has a new Chairman and two new Directors.

Alistair Taylor has resigned as Chairman of the company, and has been replaced by Simon Neathercoat as non-executive Chairman. Tim Cook and Craig Rennie are new non-executive Directors.

Alistair Taylor was appointed as Executive Chairman of Lombard Medical in 2003. As Chairman he was instrumental in launching the company’s lead endovascular stent graft Aorfix™ in Europe.

Simon Neathercoat is currently senior independent non-executive Director of Derwent London PLC. He was previously at Hutchison 3G UK Holdings Ltd and Highbury House Communications PLC, and is a qualified chartered accountant. Dr Timothy Cook has long experience of managing and financing growth companies. He is currently a non-executive Director of Oxford Gene Technology and Chairman of the South Yorkshire Investment Seed Fund.

Craig Robert Rennie was Chairman, CEO and major shareholder of Penn Pharmaceutical Services Ltd. He also spent 18 years with Wellcome PLC in a number of senior international roles.

Michael Stevens, senior independent non-executive Director of Lombard Medical, said: “These new appointments at Lombard Medical very substantially strengthen the Company’s Board at a time when the company is making good progress with the development and commercialisation of its lead Aorfix™ endovascular stent graft product.”

Lombard Medical Technologies PLC develops products for the treatment of vascular disease. The company is headquartered in Oxfordshire.

For more details, visit www.lombardmedical.com.

OTD offers revolutionary training model

   A NEW COMPANY promises to change the landscape of learning and development in the healthcare industry. OTD believes its introduction will have a similar impact on the market as the contract sales model did in pharma in the 80s and 90s.

Director Andy Beech said: We are set to change learning and development in the industry in a similar way that Innovex changed the way sales teams were put together.”

The company, whose motto is ‘Inspire & Grow’, provides everything from individual bespoke training programs to complete outsourced Learning and Development departments for sales organisations. In line with the industry trend for outsourcing non-core business, OTD offers fully outsourced, world-class training departments.

OTD was formed by combining four businesses that supply learning and development solutions to the healthcare industry. Its Directors are Chris Cummins, Nicky Blackburn, Andy Crotty and Andy Beech.

For more details, visit www.otd.uk.com.

VMC appoints new Account Manager

VMC CONTINUES TO BUILD the strength of its team, and has recruited Ann Stagg as Account Manager.

 Ann brings a wealth of experience to VMC, having been involved in some of the largest team builds in the industry during her time with Halliday Jones/Ventiv and Innovex. Ann will be looking after some of the key new accounts that VMC has recently gained.

For more details, visit www.vacancymgt.com.

STAR Medical is five

   RECRUITMENT CONSULTANCY STAR MEDICAL has celebrated its fifth birthday. Since its inception in 2002, STAR Medical has increasingly made an impact on the world of medical and healthcare sales recruitment. Founding Directors Lucy Randle and Tim Webster have facilitated the organic growth of their initial team of two to a formidable company of 15. STAR’s strong candidate attraction has been consistently reflected in Pharmaceutical Field’s annual Company Survey. It attributes its continuing success and expansion to the passion and unity of its team, timely and innovative responses to a rapidly changing industry, and total dedication to clients and candidates.

For more details, visit www.starmedical.co.uk.

Three years well spent

   HEALTHCARE SALES SPECIALIST RECRUITMENT company Kirkham Young has celebrated its third birthday. Kirkham Young’s bespoke recruitment service, offering sales, marketing, clinical and technical support roles in the medical devices and laboratory industry, has seen its team triple in size since 2004.

“We are really lucky with the people we have here,” commented Director Tina Young. “We all enjoy what we do and share the same passion for ensuring we get the right jobs for the right people, whatever their career aspirations. All of us here get along exceptionally well, which makes it all the more worthwhile and coming into work so much more fun!”

Kirkham Young plans to increase its team further to support the ever-expanding client base, offering further support to candidates and clients. For more details, visit www.kirkhamyoung.co.uk.

Olympus UK Ltd on the move

DIAGNOSTIC AND HEALTHCARE SOLUTIONS provider Olympus UK Ltd has appointed a new General Manager and is moving to new premises in Watford. Alan Trinder, the former General Manager of Olympus Diagnostic Systems in the UK and Ireland and a leading figure in the UK diagnostics sector, has retired after 18 years at Olympus. New General Manager Steve Swanscott joined Olympus in January 2007 as National Sales Manager for Diagnostics Systems, with 20 years’ experience in the IVD industry. Piers Devereux, Managing Director of Olympus UK Ltd, commented: “Alan has done an exceptional job of growing and developing Olympus’ diagnostic business in the UK from its inception to the successful business it represents today.”

Olympus UK Ltd is combining its Consumer and Scientific operations into a single new headquarters in Watford. The move is in response to business growth bringing increased demand for training and demonstration facilities. The company’s Central London and Southall offices are closing.

Graeme Chapman, MD Consumer, said: “This is an opportunity to bring the two areas of the business closer together and benefit from a better working environment and greatly improved facilities for our customers.” For more details, visit

www.olympusosyris.co.uk and www.olympus.co.uk/diagnostics.

New website moves Advance forward

   HEALTHCARE RECRUITMENT COMPANY Advance Recruitment has launched a new website to build on the company’s success over the last decade. The new corporate identity and website reflect Advance’s experience as specialists in medical and healthcare sales, marketing and training.

“We’re delighted with the fresh look to our branding, and a new website that combines dynamic creativity with intelligent, professional usability and information for candidates and companies,” said Nick Langley, MD of Advance. “Our new enhanced web presence makes it even easier for candidates and companies to have immediate access to, respectively, the very best jobs and the highestcalibre personnel – in essence what Advance is all about, and why our market share continues to increase.”

For more details, visit www.advancerecruitment.net.

From vision to Blueprint

   HEALTHCARE RECRUITMENT COMPANY Blueprint Medical Recruitment has celebrated its fifth birthday and appointed a new consultant.

Blueprint Medical Recruitment specialises in placing sales, marketing and management personnel in the medical devices, medical equipment and disposables sector.

Director Terry Crystal said: “Blueprint Medical Recruitment has established its place in the healthcare recruitment industry by listening to clients’ needs and working with them to increase their business. Blueprint Medical Recruitment Ltd has appointed a new consultant, Lucy Watson. Lucy joined Blueprint in July, and will be meeting more clients and candidates at the AfPP 2007 Congress in Harrogate.

Blueprint will give away a prize at this year’s AfPP Congress to celebrate its fifth anniversary. Anyone can enter by completing a simple questionnaire. All correct questionnaires will be placed in a draw and the winner, drawn on 11 October, will win a ‘Trip in a Hot Air Balloon’ anywhere in the UK.

Visit www.blueprintmr.co.uk for more details.

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