Ashley is a Professor of Respiratory Medicine at the North West Lung Centre and the University of Manchester. Also a Consultant Respiratory Physician at the University Hospital of South Manchester, where he is the Clinical Director for the Directorate of Respiratory Medicine and Allergy. He has been Chairman of the Clinical Assembly of the European Respiratory Society, and past-President of the British Thoracic Society. He was awarded the OBE in 2006 for his Chairmanship of the Medical Technical Committee to the Montreal Protocol for the previous decade. He contributed to the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 with IPCC/Al Gore. He was awarded Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2008.
Dr Paul Abrahams
Chief Executive Officer
Paul is a serial entrepreneur in the healthcare sector. Prior to moving into the commercial world, he practiced as an emergency physician in both South Africa and the UK prior to reading for an MBA at the University of Oxfords Säid Business School where he completed his thesis with, and subsequently consulted to, Powderject Pharmaceuticals. Over the past two decades he has been involved in several start-ups in the broad healthcare space including medical diagnostics & devices, medical consumables manufacturing, clinical research and pharma logistics. These have been in diverse executive roles including founder, investor, COO and CEO.
He has coordinated and raised investments for several opportunities and successfully exited a number thereof. During his career Paul has also worked as an International Consultant at Investec Bank and as a VP at Discovery Health, a leading global health insurer.
Norman is a qualified Chartered Management Accountant and has 15 years’ experience in arranging early stage business angel and venture capital funding. Following training in accountancy with GKN, he joined PriceWaterhouseCoopers, working on many consultancy assignments with both SME and multi-national companies. Following this, he returned to industry with director roles in the paper manufacturing and food manufacturing sectors in the UK. Norman founded Acceleris Limited in 2000, an FCA regulated fund management and corporate finance firm specialising in EIS led investment transactions. He is a director of Seneca Partners, the parent company of Acceleris and holds other board positions in companies for which Acceleris has arranged finance.