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Meet The Team

As an Employee-Owned Trust, with over 180 staff members, we value each and every employee.

Our employees are the heart of our organisation and vital to the long term success of the business. We put our employees at the centre of everything we do – it’s why they also feature in the heart of our Purpose Statement!

Below, you can meet and find out a little bit more about our Senior Management Team.

Graeme Cameron

Chief Executive Officer

I have a great passion for healthcare and the industry that we all work in. I lead with purpose front and centre in every decision I make. I want to reflect all our actions against our purpose…

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Chief Executive Officer

I have a great passion for healthcare and the industry that we all work in. I lead with purpose front and centre in every decision I make. I want to reflect all our actions against our purpose and in healthcare that purpose can never be stronger, as we are here to improve the lives of patients and people. Every single day we come to work in the knowledge that we are saving a life, a life that is precious to so many family members and loved ones. I cannot think of another industry that is that powerful and positive.

I’m often asked what I enjoy most about my role. By far and away it is the people. Our colleagues at Pennine have such passion and loyalty to support our customers and their patients. I find this extremely infectious and working with them on new ways of working and new ways to create customer value really energises me.

One of my proudest achievements to date here at Pennine would be the development, with the team, of our Purpose, Values and Strategy. We have spent a lot of time crafting these as a group and we will now go through the process of living and breathing them to ensure that both our colleagues and customers are successful.

Kate Somerfield

Head of Finance

I have worked for Pennine for 5 years as Head of Finance, prior to this I was the UK and Ireland Finance Director for a national health product company.

My role at Pennine is very varied, which…

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Head of Finance

I have worked for Pennine for 5 years as Head of Finance, prior to this I was the UK and Ireland Finance Director for a national health product company.

My role at Pennine is very varied, which is great as I never get bored and I’m involved in a number of different projects, which keeps me very busy. It does mean that I don’t have time for hobbies, but when I go on holiday, I like to visit places, go sailing and play tennis (although I am not very good).

Outside of work, I live in Derby with my partner and daughter.

Christian Scott

Head of Quality

I enjoy leading a technical team of likeminded individuals that strive to achieve great results and make a difference within the company, ensuring compliance to standards and adherence to the internal quality management system, to inspire confidence…

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Head of Quality

I enjoy leading a technical team of likeminded individuals that strive to achieve great results and make a difference within the company, ensuring compliance to standards and adherence to the internal quality management system, to inspire confidence for delivering quality products that directly benefit patients.

I also enjoy being part of a wider management team who work together to achieve continuous improvement and strong leadership.

One of my proudest achievements at Pennine to date has got to be the success of the external audits that I led the preparation for and hosted. The MHRA, QMS and microbiology audits achieved significantly improved results which is a true reflection of the strong quality controls in place throughout manufacturing, and Pennine’s commitment to quality.

Outside of work, during the warmer months, I love to get out on the open roads and enjoy the freedom of being on a powerful sports bike, visiting new places and meeting up with friends. When the weather is not so great, I hit the trails on my e-bike and experience the delights of the countryside whilst burning the calories!

I’m also an early riser and keen to get a workout in before work, attending a local gym 5 days per week. I feel that this really sets me up for the working day.

Mark Gillanders

Head of IT

I’ve worked at Pennine for just over fifteen years, originally starting as the most junior in the team as an Information System Analyst, working on some of the smaller bespoke systems. I slowly progressed, working on some…

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Head of IT

I’ve worked at Pennine for just over fifteen years, originally starting as the most junior in the team as an Information System Analyst, working on some of the smaller bespoke systems. I slowly progressed, working on some larger projects, until an opportunity to manage the IT Department presented itself.

I find Pennine an extremely fascinating manufacturing business, its challenging, rewarding and varied. Working in IT, you get to see and interact with people from the whole business across all the different functions. I love working with technology and applying it within the business.

Simply put, I like the fact we make products that are helping people’s lives. I’m looking forward to Pennine’s new chapter of being Employee Owned and how technology will play a part in that journey.

I live in Derby with my wife and two young daughters who keep me busy most of the time. When I do get time, I’m a keen Rock Climber and can be often found out and about in the Peak District looking at bits of rock, trying to work out the best way to the top.

Andrea Robinson

Head of UK Sales

I started working for Pennine in 1994 and have been here ever since, working a variety of roles. I started my career in pack manufacture, in the early days of packs, when the team was made…

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Head of UK Sales

I started working for Pennine in 1994 and have been here ever since, working a variety of roles. I started my career in pack manufacture, in the early days of packs, when the team was made up of just 3 of us and I fell in love with “the way what we did made a difference”. This was followed by progressing to Production Planning Assistant, Deputy Operations Manager, PA to the Operations Director, Theatre Pack & Business Development Manager and UK business Manager. After becoming Head of Corporate Development, looking after B2B customers, and growing new product development, I was then promoted to my current position, Head of UK Sales – taking care of all of our UK Customers.

I love that our products make a difference to people and their lives – and that everyone has a role to play in getting something we make to the point of use. It could be your loved one, family or friend, that need the products which we make, so what we do matters.

Outside of work I live with my wonderful husband, Chris, in the Lake District. We have our own shop in Penrith town called Basecamp selling outdoor walking clothes and equipment.

We wanted to have a shop that matched our passion for the outdoors – we just love the country life. We used to holiday in the Lakes and love the fact we have now made it our home.

Delphine Demilly-Plackett

International Business Manager

I’ve been at Pennine for nearly thirty years, having started my career as an Export Manager, before becoming the International Business Manager. I’m originally from France but travelled to the UK after completing my degree, looking for…

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International Business Manager

I’ve been at Pennine for nearly thirty years, having started my career as an Export Manager, before becoming the International Business Manager. I’m originally from France but travelled to the UK after completing my degree, looking for adventure, and after loving my time here, decided to relocate. I loved Pennine from the moment I set foot in the company and have worked here ever since.

One aspect of the role I love is dealing with different people from different backgrounds and cultures. Every market in International/Export Sales is different and I get to create strong relationships with a whole host of different customers. Working in Healthcare, it gives me a real purpose, we offer a solution to something that touches us all, caring for patients. Nothing can be stronger than that in my opinion.

I live just outside of Derby, with my husband and son. I love reading, walking, skiing, travelling and generally discovering new things. Life is full of experiences, and I quite like to feel nervous about trying something new and taking risks, I find it keeps you on track and makes things interesting.

Arun Mahendran

Head of Regulatory Affairs

I have been working at Pennine since August 2020, and I have over 15 years’ experience in the healthcare industry as a whole. My specialism lies in regulatory affairs and I have a Masters in Biomedical…

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Head of Regulatory Affairs

I have been working at Pennine since August 2020, and I have over 15 years’ experience in the healthcare industry as a whole. My specialism lies in regulatory affairs and I have a Masters in Biomedical Engineering (Brunel University) and Medical Technology Regulatory Affairs (Cranfield University). I’m also a BSI Certified Lead Auditor ISO 13485:2016.

There are many aspects to my role which I enjoy, be it working with cross-functional teams, to providing regulatory training and ensuring that products comply with applicable regulatory requirements.

Outside of work, I live in Chellaston, and like to play chess, badminton and also enjoy watching movies.

Jenny Owen

Executive Assistant to CEO

I joined Pennine 2003, starting as a Purchasing Administrator, after a few years, when the then Purchasing Manager left, I was approached to take over the Purchasing Manager role. I had a great Team and we…

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Executive Assistant to CEO

I joined Pennine 2003, starting as a Purchasing Administrator, after a few years, when the then Purchasing Manager left, I was approached to take over the Purchasing Manager role. I had a great Team and we worked hard but had fun along the way, we developed a successful department and achieved some great saving and built great supplier relationships, managed our stocks of raw materials and delivered successful lean and business projects.

After 7 years, I decided it was time for a change and moved into Project Manager role, this further developed to include Tender and Contract management which became my main focus.

Then came the new MDR Regulatory requirements, this was and still is critical to our business. I had product knowledge, experience in writing and creating documents, and was asked to work alongside the Regulatory team to help create documentation for our technical files, work with consultants, organise testing of our products.

I had 12 months with Arun and Sam, and gained a good understanding of how complex this area of our business is, there is still is a lot of work to do and with the plans for additional resource in the Regulatory department, the timing was perfect when asked if I would like to work alongside our CEO as Executive Assistant.

Well I’ve hit the ground running, started the same day as Graeme and not stopped working at 100 mph since. I love my job, and starting at a time when the new EOT is being developed is great, I am excited to be involved from the off and support the various improvement projects and changes that will continue to make Pennine a great company to work for.

Outside of work I love to spend time with my family, I read a lot, and am quite partial to a good thriller (my husband says I’ve read so many I should be able to commit the perfect crime by now) and I have been known to play various guitars (badly)!

Phoebe Paling

Head of Procurement

I joined Pennine Healthcare in March 2022 as Head of Procurement. I am a procurement-person through and through with a varied career working in the clothing sector for one of UKs largest supermarkets and then in…

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Head of Procurement

I joined Pennine Healthcare in March 2022 as Head of Procurement. I am a procurement-person through and through with a varied career working in the clothing sector for one of UKs largest supermarkets and then in complete contrast joined Rolls-Royce submarines working within the nuclear industry, it doesn’t get much more varied than that… so why not throw Medical into the mix!?  

Joining Pennine Healthcare was a no-brainer for me; to have the chance to be part of an exciting new chapter in the company’s journey and help shape the future isn’t an opportunity that comes up often. I like working in a regulated environment, but it often comes with so much red tape that good ideas are often never fulfilled.  Pennine have struck a happy medium giving its colleagues the freedom to make decisions and the agility to make them happen, and that’s what truly motivates me. 

I am thrilled to be leading the Procurement Team to help strengthen our supply partners and protect our company with robust contracts that offer value for money for our customers. I truly believe that together we can help spot opportunities in the market to grow our product offerings and build a collaborative and sustainable supply chain. 

Richard Cohen

Head of Manufacturing

There is a lot that I enjoy about my role as Head of Manufacturing here at Pennine Healthcare, but one aspect that I really love is the diversity, no one day is the same. I truly believe…

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Head of Manufacturing

There is a lot that I enjoy about my role as Head of Manufacturing here at Pennine Healthcare, but one aspect that I really love is the diversity, no one day is the same. I truly believe that at Pennine it’s the people that make the difference and the opportunity we have to build a hub of innovation for manufacturing in the heart of England. I know that belief in our values and belief in each other will drive our success.

Working within the Healthcare industry is unique experience and one that I am extremely proud of. How many people can come home from work and say ‘’I have contributed to someone’s healthcare in a positive way?” I am very much of the belief that we should be proud of what we do and how this helps others.

Outside of work I have a variety of interests and hobbies. Most of my time is spent with my family – my wife and two daughters – and I try to catch the odd football match when I can. I also love to take on any opportunity to learn something new.

Mark Jones

Head of People and Culture

When I was 14 years old, I was given a project by my technology teacher. The brief was to design and make a paperweight for a local company called Pennine Healthcare. The company has stuck…

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Head of People and Culture

When I was 14 years old, I was given a project by my technology teacher. The brief was to design and make a paperweight for a local company called Pennine Healthcare. The company has stuck with me ever since.

I thought loving a job was something I would never find but everything about what I do at Pennine makes me smile, I honestly feel as though my role was made for me. The entire reason that I pursued a career in HR was because of people. I remember when I first interviewed for the role with Pennine that I was instantly sold. Firstly, it’s local which means I’m doing something for the people who I’m lucky enough to share the city with, and secondly, I have total support of our CEO in making Pennine Healthcare a great place to work

I would say the best thing about my role is working with this great team of people every day and I have carte blanche to do what I think will work and that really is a rare opportunity.

Outside of work I have two amazing children (I’m bound to say that) so they take up a lot of my time. Aside from that I’ve just finished renovating our house which has taken 8 years, I’m now being told that we need a new one, so I guess I’ll be busy again. I also have a passion for cycling, I used to race downhill at national level when I was younger, I’m too old and slow now but I do like getting out on my road bike at more leisurely pace whenever I can.