Directors and Advisors
Julian Baines, Chief Executive Officer
Julian was Group CEO of BBI where he undertook a management buyout in 2000, a flotation on AIM in 2004 and was responsible for selling the business to Alere Inc. (now part of Abbott Laboratories) in 2008 for circa £85 million. Julian has been CEO of the Group since its inception in 2009 and has subsequently successfully completed a number of fund raisings and the acquisition and subsequent integration of eight businesses in seven countries. In 2016 he was awarded an MBE for services to the life sciences industry. Julian is also Chairman of Trellus Health Limited and Verici Dx plc.
On 1st October 2021 Julian will become Non-Executive Deputy Chairman.
David Michael (“Mike”) Salter, Designate Chief Executive Officer
Mike Salter is the President of EKF Diagnostics' American business where he is responsible for all USA facilities including sales, operations and Regulatory Affairs, and also has a particular focus on EKF Life Sciences in Elkhart, Indiana. Previously, Mike worked at GE Healthcare where he was General Manager for the Custom Molecular Reagent Business within GE Life Sciences. Mike has over 35 years of experience in the Life Science and Diagnostics Industry, 33 of which were spent with GE and Amersham in a variety of positions in the UK, Canada and USA. Since joining EKF in October 2017, Mike has been responsible for overseeing the growth of EKF's Diabetes and Haematology business in the US and, by leveraging his business network he has secured licensing agreements, built production capacity and secured orders for the COVID-19 sample collection kit business. Mike has been a passionate leader of EKF's US team and has been instrumental in securing many of the Company's largest US contracts and growth opportunities. Mike will take over Chief Executive Officer responsibilities from Julian from 1st October 2021.
Richard Evans, Finance Director
Richard qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant in 1983 and holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Business Studies and Law from Edinburgh University and an MBA from INSEAD. Before joining EKF, Richard was Finance Director, General Manager and finally Global Account Director at Hitachi Data Systems GmbH. He has also held positions at Fisher Scientific, TRW Seat Belt Systems, Maxtor Corporation, United Technologies Carrier and Abbott Diagnostics GmbH in Germany.
Christopher Mills, Non-Executive Chairman
Christopher founded Harwood Capital Management in 2011, a successor to its former parent company J.O. Hambro Capital Management, which he co-founded in 1993. He is Chief Executive and Investment Manager of North Atlantic Smaller Companies Investment Trust plc and Chief Investment Officer of Harwood Capital LLP. He is a Non-Executive Director of a number of companies including Renalytix AI plc. Christopher was a Director of Invesco MIM, where he was Head of North American Investments and Venture Capital, and of Samuel Montagu International. Christopher is a member of the Audit Committee and the Remuneration Committee.
,Christian Rigg, Non-Executive Director
Chris Rigg has significant executive experience at both public and private companies. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Mandata Holdings Limited and a Non-executive Director of the main market listed Sportech plc. Chris previously held the positions of Chief Financial Officer and latterly Chief Executive Officer at Quantum Pharma plc, which, under his stewardship, was refinanced and implemented a new strategy facilitating growth and leading to its acquisition by Clinigen Group plc for an enterprise value of £160 million.
Carl Dominic Contadini, Non-Executive Director
Carl has been a director of numerous companies throughout his career, predominately focusing on the healthcare and electronics sectors. He is currently an Operational Adviser to Harwood Capital LLP, where he assists in sourcing, evaluating and monitoring investments. Carl also holds the position of Executive Chairman at Utitec Holdings Inc. and is a board member of Prospect Medical Waterbury Hospital. Carl has, in the past, also been a director of Bionostics Limited and Celsis Group Limited. He holds an Associate of Science degree in Business Administration and Marketing from Tunix Community College, Connecticut and a Batchelor of General Studies degree specialising in Human Resources from University of Connecticut.
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