Management Team

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.

Phil’s global medical device experience and astute business acumen help Surgical Specialties achieve the company’s vision of owning a reputation for excellence with customers, suppliers and staff that their competitors aspire to. 

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Doug North

Director

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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 agency for Smith & Nephew NSW/ACT from 2000-2005. Doug applied his broad range of experiences to develop 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 a Director of Surgical Specialties, Doug oversees the function of the main business units – Arthroplasty & OR Products; Extremities, Biologics & Critical Care; and Therapy Specialties. This is in addition to the identification and introduction of new distribution opportunities. 

With an initial aim to provide the healthcare industry with innovative and cutting edge orthopaedic medical devices, the company’s vision is to own a reputation for excellence with their customers, suppliers and staff that their competitors aspire to.

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Frank joined Surgical Specialties in December 2016 as CFO.   Frank has over 20 years experience in the finance and accounting field, specialising in operational and commercial support in f ast growth environments. During his time in finance leadership positions, he has worked extensively with medium to large sized businesses from a range of industries. Frank leads key finance initiatives to support the strategic goals of Surgical Specialties, working closely with the management team, providing insight and analysis for informed decision making. Frank also focuses on financial control and risk management within a dynamic organisational environment.

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Kieren has a bachelor’s degree in Applied Chemistry and has more than 15 years of sales, marketing and commercial management experience within the Australian and New Zealand Healthcare sectors. Kieren Joined Surgical Specialties in 2012.  The Pain Management and Specialty Orthopaedics team has the capabilities to effectively market and support a broad range of innovative medical technology across a variety of specialty areas. As general manager of this group, Kieren is responsible for developing and executing strategies that ensure the expectations of our customers, suppliers and staff are continually exceeded.

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Troy joined Surgical Specialties in 2012 as General Manager for Arthroplasty and OR Products and has over 23 years experience in Sales and Marketing in Orthopaedics. Troy has worked for two of the larger orthopaedic companies, 6 years with Stryker and 15 years with DePuy / J&J in various senior Sales and Marketing management roles. Troy has overall responsibility for growing the competitive business of large joint Arthroplasty, and Operating Room products. Over his career Troy has developed a deep knowledge of the orthopaedics industry, products, procedures and surgeon relationships.

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Jon joined Surgical Specialties in 2012 as Service Innovation Manager and has 10 years’ experience across multiple countries in operations management. Jon holds a Bachelor of Science degree and LEAN management qualifications. Jon was brought into the business to deliver operations excellence across all product portfolios, drive efficiencies and continuous improvement processes. In his current role Jon oversees the Logistics, Purchasing, Customer Service, IT, regulatory and HR areas of the business ensuring Surgical Specialties runs highly effectively at an operational level creating the best platform for product success.

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Melissa joined Surgical Specialties in 2010 as HR/Compliance Manager and has over 15 years’ experience in Human Resources, Payroll & Compliance, primarily with orthopaedic multi-nationals. Prior to this, Melissa worked as a Paralegal and holds an Associate Degree of Law (Paralegal Studies). Melissa focuses on the complete HR cycle from recruitment to ongoing engagement and performance management of our team. Melissa also ensures Surgical Specialties fulfils its responsibilities as a Member & Code Licensee with the Medical Technology Association of Australia.

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