Dean joined the Board in 2020 and brings with him a range of relevant skills and experience. Initiating his commercial life in logistics with Pioneer, TNT and Abbey Hill BMW, he progressed to build a portfolio career, founding, growing and selling several organisations and taking on numerous Non Executive Board appointments, mainly in the health and technology sectors.

In addition to his considerable commercial and entrepreneurial experience Dean brings NHS and executive education experience to the NeedleSmart board. He has chaired Acute, Community, Mental Health and Primary Care Trusts, as well as a Health Authority, and has been on the board of both NHS Providers and the NHS Confederation’s Mental Health Network.

He has also been a lead tutor for the Institute of Directors and been honoured with professorial appointments by Cass, Leeds, Lincoln and Nottingham Business Schools. In addition to working with NeedleSmart, Dean is also currently Chair of GreenKite Associates, a Non Executive Director of both Diagnostic Healthcare and the PHSO, is on the Board of the GLLEP, where he is chair of their Health and Care Enterprise Committee and also chairs the Centre for Organisational Resilience and the Lincoln International Institute for Rural Healthcare at the University of Lincoln.

NeedleSmart’s CEO, Cliff Kirby, added, “Dean is a fantastic addition to the NeedleSmart Board and brings with him such a wealth of experience and expertise within the NHS and other healthcare organisations. I very much look forward to working with Dean in 2021 and the opportunities he will bring the company.”

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