Board of Directors

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Brent joined Surgical Specialties in 2011 as the Company’s inaugural Chairman and Non-Executive Director. Brent holds a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Psychology. For the past 30 years, he has gained commercial experience in a range of Executive and Board roles, and as a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Brent’s professional background began in the marketing services industry. In 1992, Brent founded Market Equity and managed its growth into one of Australia’s largest privately owned marketing research companies. In 2005, Market Equity was acquired by Aegis PLC, a world leading marketing research company. Brent spent the following 6 years in Global CEO positions for Synovate (owned by Aegis PLC) overseeing 6,000 employees in 60 countries.

In addition to Brent’s current role as Chairman and Non-Executive Director for Surgical Specialties, Brent is the Chairman of Etherington, Executive Director of Waveride Capital, Non-Executive Director of HBF Health, and Director of Argonaut Ltd.

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Doug North established Surgical Specialties in 2006 and is the major shareholder and Director of the company.

With 30 years experience in the medical device industry, Doug held a number of management roles in Stryker (formerly Howmedica) and was the exclusive distribution agent for Smith & Nephew NSW/ACT from 2000-2005. Through Doug’s broad range of experiences, he has developed Surgical Specialties into one of Australia’s leading independent medical device distributors.

Doug sits on the Board of Directors of Surgical Specialties and is a former member of the Medical Technology Association of Australia Board of Directors. As Director of Surgical Specialties, Doug is primarily responsible for the company’s strategic growth. This includes the identification of new suppliers, managing the product pipeline, along with maintaining key supplier relationships. Doug also dedicates considerable time to working with key customers and sales staff in the field to maintain his excellent understanding of the needs of healthcare professionals.

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Phil Nicholl       

Chief Executive Officer

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Phil Nicholl was appointed as CEO of Surgical Specialties in October 2014. He is also an equity shareholder and member of  the Board of Directors. Throughout his 30 year career, Phil has built a distinguished reputation within the medical device industry, where his most recent position was President, Asia Pacific for Stryker Corporation.

Phil is a dynamic and respected leader with extensive market development and business experience in the global medical device industry. Having held responsibility for Stryker’s performance across all major markets in Asia, Phil has a proven track record in guiding organisations to market leadership position. This has been achieved by building high performance teams, driving strategic implementation and creating sustainable business value.

As CEO, Phil works closely with the Management Team to deliver sales growth and company profitability, along with maintaining close relationships with suppliers and customers alike. In this period of strong growth, Phil is also closely involved in the recruitment of key individuals to the organisation.

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