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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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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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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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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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.

 

 

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.

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

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.

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

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.