Prof. Charles McCollum, Medical Advisor
Professor Charles McCollum, aged only 32, was appointed as Consultant and Senior Lecturer in Surgery at Charing Cross Hospital, London. It was following this that he became Professor of Surgery in Manchester during 1989, specialising exclusively in vascular surgery. Prof. McCollum has a special interest and expertise in the management of deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism and in treating varicose veins, chronic venous insufficiency and venous leg ulcers.
In 2001, Prof. McCollum was part of the medical team that worked with the Textiles department at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) to design a custom-fit, medical-grade compression sock which could deliver the pressure profile promised to fit every patient. This was the foundation of Isobar Compression.
Kevin has 25 years’ experience of successfully putting together, financing and running small and medium-sized businesses. His understanding and ‘hands on’ experience of growing and running businesses is valuable to Isobar’s development. In 2016 Kevin joined the Advanced Therapeutic Materials team as Chief Executive Officer to help identify key markets for Isobar Compression, product development opportunities, recruit a team and lead a successful fundraise.
Barney Haynes MA(Cantab) MBA, Operations Director
As an experienced international manager and general manager with an early focus on sales and marketing, Barney has been involved in all aspects of running a manufacturing business which equips him for dealing with the multi-faceted challenges and opportunities Isobar Compression presents. Barney is responsible for overseeing the production team in Manchester, quality assurance and customer service.
Dr Jim Hampton GP, Medical Advisor
Dr Jim Hampton qualified as a doctor at Charing Cross in 1980 and spent several years working in neonatal intensive care. He worked for a year at the Adelaide Children’s Hospital including a four-month secondment to Alice Springs and time on the flying doctor service in the Western Desert. He was a practising GP in Bath from 1988-2016 and team doctor to Premiership rugby club Bath from 2003-2015. He joined Isobar Compression as medical advisor in 2016.
James Sopper, Chief Technical Officer
James is a qualified engineer, with a background in innovation and project management. His previous roles have taught him that there are often simple solutions to problems if you look outside the field you’re currently working in. James understands the importance of compliance from his medical devices experience balanced with maintaining momentum in product development and innovation.
Bev Ward, Head of Marketing and Communications
Bev is an award-winning freelance marketing, sponsorship and copywriting consultant, with 20 years’ experience working in the sports, health and fitness sector. Bev launched a successful consultancy business in 2009, working for national and international sports governing bodies, membership organisations and healthcare bodies. Bev oversees the marketing and communications operation for Isobar Compression, building the brand in three core markets of travel, sport and medical.
N. H. Chaudhury, Head of Product Development
Roland has over 30 years of innovative product development in the fields of defence, medical, sport and fashion including technical textiles. He leads the management of Isobar’s production factory in Manchester, oversees research and development of compression garments, plus knitting software and hardware platform development.
Charlie grew up in a medical family so has a keen interest in providing a product that makes a difference to people’s lives. Having played semi-professional rugby in France for four years, Charlie also understands the importance of using compression as an effective recovery strategy. Charlie manages Isobar’s medical partners across the globe and works with our research partners on various current compression studies. He also leads the sales operation with elite athletes and teams across a range of different sports to provide compression to aid their recovery strategy, and prevent DVT while travelling for competition.
Joe works with the corporate market to provide compression solutions to employees at risk of DVT through frequent business travel. He manages several major accounts with occupational health companies who offer Isobar Compression along with their travel health services. Joe also works with elite athletes and teams across a range of different sports to provide compression to aid their recovery strategy, and prevent DVT whilst travelling to/from competitions. Joe previously worked in purchasing and account management.
Kate is an experienced and driven PR Director with international crisis communications experience and an expert PR in Olympic and Paralympic sports. Kate’s background is in specialist PR, stakeholder management, athlete publicist, consultation, athlete management and brand activation skills, with unrivalled media contacts in international sport and lifestyle sectors. Kate manages Isobar Compression’s PR and media activity across medical, travel, health, lifestyle and sport media.
Dimuth Jayawarna, Systems Development Manager
Dimuth was involved in the initial research study into custom-fit compression technology and possesses a deep understanding of compression therapy. His Isobar Compression role involves managing scan processing, software development and fabric quality assurance. Dimuth ensures customer feedback is properly represented in the design/development process and he is keen on improving their quality of life through comfortable, effective compression.
Katie studied Textiles in Practice at Manchester Metropolitan University, specialising in knitting. Through this, Katie gained experience of hand knitting machines (domestic and industrial) and explored a wide range of techniques and processes. Katie’s role involves processing knitting programmes, machine handling, garment finishing and quality assurance.
Lubomir Patek, Knitting Machine Technician
Lubo studied textiles and sewing mechanics at school, and has since spent 16 years in the field of knitting operations. He has operated circular electronic and mechanical machines, and flat trimming machines. Lubo’s uses his experience in knitting production and quality control, garment finishing and machine adjustment to manufacture custom-fit compression socks.