We have passionate leaders committed to achieving Nelsons' vision

Aftab Aslam

Aftab Aslam

Group Strategic Insights Director
Aftab graduated from the University of Durham with a degree in politics before starting his career in Custom research and Analytics based Insights.
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Cris Burson Thomas

Cris Burson-Thomas

Chief Marketing Officer
Cris graduated from University of Leeds with a degree in Economics and has since held a number of senior marketing roles at both local and group level within the healthcare arena
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Richard Bowling

Richard Bowling

Group Quality and Regulatory Compliance Director
Richard graduated from Nottingham University and is a member of the Chartered Quality Institute.
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Simon Rickatson

Simon Rickatson

Group Corporate Services Director
Simon graduated from the University of Kent Canterbury and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development.
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Steve Mann

Steve Mann

Director of External Regulatory Affairs
After graduating from Hull University, Steve worked in the Chemical and Crop Protection industry in the European, Asian, North and South American and African Market, representing UK industry at trade associations.
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Simon Hodge

Simon Hodge

Chief financial officer
Simon has a background in finance and analytics with over 20 years of experience leading high performing teams.
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Matt Wilson

Matt Wilson

Supply Chain Director
After graduating in Chemical Engineering from the University of Surrey, Matt has held a number of senior roles in Pharma and Chemicals manufacturing businesses.
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Michael Lockett

Michael Lockett

Chief Executive Officer
Michael graduated in fashion engineering from Manchester Metropolitan University, whilst being employed as a graduate trainee at Dewhirst, clothing supplier to Marks and Spencer. He then went onto become a General Manager for the company at plants in the UK and Europe.
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Aftab Aslam

Aftab Aslam

Group Strategic Insights Director

Aftab graduated from the University of Durham with a degree in politics before starting his career in Custom research and Analytics based Insights. Aftab’s previous roles including Global Strategic Insights Director at Johnson & Johnson Vision care, Business Insights Director EMA at Lifescan (a Johnson & Johnson company) and Director of Marketing, Research, Distribution in Europe, Middle East and Africa in baby and mass adult skincare (Johnson & Johnson Consumer division). Aftab’s previous responsibilities include shaping Global equity strategy and NPD requirements for his brands; Category Considerers research to understand their purchasing triggers in order to develop effective TV and Digital campaigns; and working closely with retailers to support their strategic planning to engage consumers.

 

 

Cris Burson Thomas

Cris Burson-Thomas

Chief Marketing Officer

Cris graduated from University of Leeds with a degree in Economics and has since held a number of senior marketing roles at both local and group level within the healthcare arena including Boots Healthcare International where he spent over 2 years in the US leading the marketing for North America. He spent a significant amount of his career at Novartis Consumer, first as Marketing Director, managing a team across NW Europe responsible for Voltarol, Nicotinell and Otrivin and then as Global Category General Manager in the Cough/Cold division and finally Head of Marketing for Europe where he had a specific responsibility for marketing capability and talent management in addition to the brand and category strategy. Cris’s most recent role was Integrated Marketing Communications Director at L’Oreal, responsible for La Roche, Vichy and Roger & Gallet, looking after the marketing, PR, digital and medical relations in what was the fastest growing division at L’Oreal.

In his spare time, Cris volunteers his marketing expertise to Amnesty International on their Board of consultants.

Richard Bowling

Richard Bowling

Group Quality and Regulatory Compliance Director

Richard graduated from Nottingham University and is a member of the Chartered Quality Institute. He brings a wealth of experience from his previous role as Global Head of Operational Excellence at the Tecan Group, a medical device company based in Switzerland where he was responsible for ensuring compliance to global regulations for their sites in Europe and US. Prior to Tecan, Richard was Head of Quality for Reckitt Benckiser, leading the global quality team and setting the quality direction for the organisation and Estee Lauder Companies in various Quality leadership roles, working for 10 years in Canada and US. His vision for Quality and Regulatory Operations at Nelsons is to support the economic success of the business by delivering high quality products to consumers and to protect the brands by ensuring compliance to regulations in all markets.

Richard is married with one son. In his spare time, Richard enjoys hiking and surfing.

Simon Rickatson

Simon Rickatson

Group Corporate Services Director

Simon graduated from the University of Kent Canterbury and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development. Simon has over 20 years of HR experience across a number of sectors. Starting his HR career in consultancy supporting Blue Chip organizations to deliver HR projects, Simon has considerable International HR experience in Europe, USA, Africa and Middle East. Prior to joining Nelsons, he held senior HR roles in leading Pharmaceutical and financial organisations.

Simon’s interests include family, sports - particularly rugby, and has just completed his first Triathlon.

Steve Mann

Steve Mann

Director of External Regulatory Affairs

After graduating from Hull University, Steve worked in the Chemical and Crop Protection industry in the European, Asian, North and South American and African Market, representing UK industry at trade associations.

Once moving to Nelsons, Steve has been responsible for global regulations, has played an active role in New Product Development and is responsible for pharmacovigilance drug safety and post-market surveillance. Steve is a board member of various trade associations, including the BAHM (British Association of Homeopathic Manufacturers) and ECHAMP (European Coalition for Homeopathic & Anthroposophic Medicinal Products), and HFMA (Health Food Manufacturers Association), regularly attending meetings in Brussels and across Europe. Outside of the EU, he is also a member of the HPCUS (Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia Convention of the United States), and sits on the COP, S&C and MRC committees.

Simon Hodge

Simon Hodge

Chief financial officer

Simon has a background in finance and analytics with over 20 years of experience leading high performing teams. Prior to joining Nelsons as the group’s Chief Financial Officer, Simon was Vice President of Enterprise Resource Planning ( ERP), Finance and Analytics at GlaxoSmithKline.

Simon brings with him a wealth of experience having held global finance leadership roles across a breadth of regions and business units including UK, Northern Europe, and Africa. He is well versed in managing complex businesses, implementing strategic capital investments and delivering value through system and process enhancements. 

His responsibilities have included integration of new companies, development of new commercial regions and the delivery of new business models. In his role prior to joining Nelons he was responsible for delivering the global single instance of SAP for GSK and subsequent adoption of new technologies to improve efficiencies.  Simon is a passionate believer in developing people and promoting skills and capabilities across his teams to deliver first class business partnering.

A keen sportsman, Simon lives in Surrey and is married with 2 young children. 

Matt Wilson

Matt Wilson

Supply Chain Director

After graduating in Chemical Engineering from the University of Surrey, Matt has held a number of senior roles in Pharma and Chemicals manufacturing businesses.  Most recently at GlaxoSmithKline where he worked across a variety of Supply Chain disciplines including manufacturing, technical development, engineering, EHS and third party supply.  

Prior to joining Nelsons Matt’s most recent position at GSK was as Global API Operations Director where he led an international team and was accountable for the operational performance of API suppliers globally ensuring a robust supply performance within the company’s internal and external manufacturing network.  

As an Operational Excellence Green Belt, Matt combines his vast experience of Good Manufacturing Practices with a passion for business improvement, high performing teams and driving efficiencies to enhance delivery and reduce complexity.  

While at GSK he was Head of the Environmental Centre for Excellence for 6 years leading a team of dedicated sustainability professionals to enable GSK to achieve its mission to become the most environmentally sustainable pharmaceutical company.  Prior to GSK Matt held senior operational roles at Procter and Gamble with responsibility for managing manufacturing, maintenance and capital project teams. 

Michael Lockett

Michael Lockett

Chief Executive Officer

Michael graduated in fashion engineering from Manchester Metropolitan University, whilst being employed as a graduate trainee at Dewhirst, clothing supplier to Marks and Spencer. He then went onto become a General Manager for the company at plants in the UK and Europe.

Since that time Michael has gained over 30 years of experience in fashion and lifestyle brands holding senior management and executive roles including Logistics Director for Jacques Vert plc, Merchandising and Sourcing Director at J. Barbour & Sons and Vice President for Berghaus in its Asia Pacific region. He also gained an MBA from Durham University in 2002.

Prior to joining Nelsons, Michael was CEO of FitFlop, a global footwear company known for its comfort and fashion, for 6 years. During this time, he was instrumental in building a profitable global company with operations and brand recognition in over 60 countries. In recent years he steered the business to optimise its e-Commerce and digital D2C channels.

In his spare time Michael is an avid sportsman with a keen interest in football, rugby and tennis and has recently achieved his private pilot’s licence.