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Board of Directors / Senior Management

Board of Directors

Charles Spicer, Chairman

Charles is an experienced director of and adviser to public and private companies primarily in the med-tech sector. He is non-executive chairman of PuriCore plc, IXICO plc and 11 Health. He is a chair of the UK Department of Health's Invention for Innovation (i4i) Funding Panel.

Until recently he was a director of Aircraft Medical (acquired by Medtronic Inc. in December 2015) and Stanmore Implants (acquired by Stryker Inc., April 2016). He was previously chief executive of MDY Healthcare plc, a strategic healthcare investor and, prior to that, head of healthcare corporate finance at both Numis Securities and Nomura International.

Craig Gulliford, Chief Executive Officer

Craig is a founding angel investor in Creo and joined the company as CEO in 2012.

Craig qualified with an MSc in Electronic Engineering from the University College of North Wales and has 20 years' experience in building international businesses from early stage through to significant scale. His early career developed in the Middle East working with large corporates delivering complex commercial projects.

In January 1999, Craig joined a start-up software and hardware business, where as COO, he was part of a small team that grew the company organically and through acquisition, from a loss making start-up to a profitable business delivering significant shareholder returns and an exit in 2007.

Richard Rees, Chief Finance Officer

Mr. Rees joined Creo as CFO in July 2016. Prior to joining Creo he was CFO of SPTS Technologies, a UK-based, global manufacturer of semiconductor equipment. In 2011, he was part of a management team at SPTS that, together with Bridgepoint, acquired SPTS for $200 million from SPP. In 2014, they sold SPTS to Orbotech for more than $350 million. Prior to SPTS, Richard spent 7 years at KPMG in audit.

Chris Hancock, Chief Technology Officer

Chris is the founder of Creo Medical with 20 years of experience in medical device development including four years at Gyrus Group plc in his role as Senior Engineer.

Chris holds a personal Chair in the Medical Microwave Systems Research Group at Bangor University. Chris is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, a Chartered Physicist, Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, a Chartered Engineer and a Senior Member of the IEEE. He is a named inventor and lead author on over 300 patents/patent applications and journal publications.

John Bradshaw, Independent Non-Executive Director

John Bradshaw is a chartered accountant with more than 20 years post qualification experience including as senior audit manager at Arthur Andersen and as CFO in a number of UK public companies, venture capital backed private companies and partnerships including Gyrus Group plc. Current activities include CFO of Evgen Pharma plc, Director of IXICO plc and partner at Syncona Partners LLP.

David Woods, Non-Executive Director

David is an industry veteran within the med-tech sector. His experience in the Medical Device Market encompasses General and Orthopedic Surgery, Gastroenterology, Pulmonology and ENT. David is currently the Global Chief Marketing officer at HOYA Group PENTAX Medical following senior roles as President and Vice President of sales of the Americas. David was awarded the ASGE Presidents award in 2010 recognising exceptional contributions to the society and its mission.

Senior Management

Craig Gulliford, Chief Executive Officer

Craig is a founding angel investor in Creo and joined the company as CEO in 2012.

Craig qualified with an MSc in Electronic Engineering from the University College of North Wales and has 20 years' experience in building international businesses from early stage through to significant scale. His early career developed in the Middle East working with large corporates delivering complex commercial projects.

In January 1999, Craig joined a start-up software and hardware business, where as COO, he was part of a small team that grew the company organically and through acquisition, from a loss making start-up to a profitable business delivering significant shareholder returns and an exit in 2007.

Richard Rees, Chief Finance Officer

Mr. Rees joined Creo as CFO in July 2016. Prior to joining Creo he was CFO of SPTS Technologies, a UK-based, global manufacturer of semiconductor equipment. In 2011, he was part of a management team at SPTS that, together with Bridgepoint, acquired SPTS for $200 million from SPP. In 2014, they sold SPTS to Orbotech for more than $350 million. Prior to SPTS, Richard spent 7 years at KPMG in audit.

Chris Hancock, Chief Technology Officer

Chris is the founder of Creo Medical with 20 years of experience in medical device development including four years at Gyrus Group plc in his role as Senior Engineer.

Chris holds a personal Chair in the Medical Microwave Systems Research Group at Bangor University. Chris is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, a Chartered Physicist, Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, a Chartered Engineer and a Senior Member of the IEEE. He is a named inventor and lead author on over 300 patents/patent applications and journal publications.

Roseanne Varner, Chief Commercial Officer

Roseanne has over 25 years' experience as a senior executive in the medical device industry. She has been CEO/President of early stage medical device companies including Luxar Inc., Gynecare Inc. and Aragon Surgical Inc., taking a number of these through to acquisition by major med tech organisations. In addition, she has held board positions at other medical device companies. Mrs. Varner holds a M.S. Systems Management and a B.S. Education.

Steve Morris, Chief Operations Officer

Steve Morris has over 15 years of experience of managing complex projects and programmes in the Defence sector. He has led project teams for the Ministry of Defence, and delivering major projects for the Royal Navy and for the British Army. Mr. Morris holds a BScEng and is a member of the IET and the Association for Project Management.

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