Management Team



Robert Wilson
 

Robert Wilson
Chairman


Robert Wilson, Chairman of Nelsons, is a passionate advocate of complementary medicine. Brought up in that tradition since childhood, Robert joined the family company in 1987 after graduating from Trinity College, Dublin. He also studied at the Harvard Business School. He worked in marketing and became Managing Director in 1991, before assuming Chairmanship of the company in 2000. Robert's knowledge and experience of the sector is extensive and he has a deep-rooted personal commitment to furthering complementary medicine which reaches far beyond his role at Nelsons. He plays an instrumental role within the industry as a whole and is Chairman of the BAHM (British Association of Homeopathic Manufacturers). Nelsons also holds a board seat of ECHAMP (the European Coalition on Homeopathic and Anthroposophic Medicinal Products). Robert is Chairman of the Barcapel Foundation, which has an extensive charitable giving programme. He is Chairman of Prostate Scotland and a trustee of the Scottish Civic Trust.




Patrick Wilson
 

Patrick Wilson
Deputy Chairman and International Director


Patrick Wilson is Deputy Chairman and International Director of Nelsons. Over the past 25 years, he has worked to develop Nelsons international business from only 3-5 per cent in the mid 1980s to over 70 per cent of the company turnover today. Patrick’s knowledge of complementary medicine and homeopathy on the global stage is extensive and he has been involved in many international seminars and forums. Patrick began in export sales and marketing — becoming International Director and, in 2000, Deputy Chairman. Patrick is a firm advocate of complementary medicine and, beyond Nelsons, works extensively with people suffering from addictions and substance abuse by bringing a holistic approach to truly international problems.




Claire Ferguson
 

Claire Ferguson
Chief Executive Officer


Claire has worked in healthcare for 18 years across marketing, insights, sales and consulting both on manufacturer and agency side. Claire’s previous company to Nelsons was Johnson & Johnson, where she worked for the last 10 years across their Consumer, Diabetes and Vision Care franchises. She began as J&J Consumer UK Business Unit Head (Pharmacy and Professional) across Baby, Beauty, OTC and Healthcare categories and her ultimate position was on the EMA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) Board in charge of J&J Vision Care Commercial Strategy and Customer Excellence. Claire’s education and training includes Ba (Hons) in Medical Sciences, membership to Chartered Institute of Marketing and completion of Accelerated Development Programme from London Business School. Her strong leadership experience has been in competitive and changing healthcare environments with a focus on the consumer and her passion is in developing people and organisations. Claire likes running and fitness generally; she mentors young people with The Princes Trust; and hosts tea parties for ‘Help the Elderly.’




Gary Shenton 2
 

Gary Shenton
Director of Group Sales and Marketing


Gary Shenton, Director of Group Sales and Marketing, was born in Kingston Upon Hull and is a graduate of the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside with a Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree. Gary started his career in retail and joined Arcadia Group, known for their leading fashion brands Top Shop, Dorothy Perkins and Miss Selfridge, before moving onto Superdrug Plc, part of the global AS Watson Group. Prior to Nelsons Gary joined Kao Brands Europe, part of Kao Corporation one of the world’s largest beauty companies, and for 8 years held different roles moving from a Business Analyst to Head of European Market Research before finally moving into distributor management. When he joined Nelsons as International Business Development, he managed multiple distributors in over 30 countries. His current role entails managing all Nelsons General Managers in all Global Regions as well as expanding Nelsons product portfolio. In his free time, he enjoys skiing, golf and catching up with friends.




Aftab Aslam
 

Aftab Aslam
Strategic Insights Director


Aftab Aslam has 23 years’ experience in Insights with his 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.




Steve Mann
 

Steve Mann
Director of External Regulatory Affairs


After graduating from Hull University, Steve worked for a number of years in the Chemical and Crop Protection industry conducting regulatory work in the European, Asian, North and South American and African Market. He also represented UK industry at trade associations involved in efficacy modelling, toxicology and environmental fate, before moving to Nelsons in 2001. During his career, Steve has been responsible for global regulatory submissions, Notifications, Renewals and Marketing Authorisation maintenance in the UK, Eastern and Western Europe, Canada, the USA, Central and South America, The Middle East and Australasia. He has also played an active role in New Product Development at Nelsons, including new product launches and line extensions, as well as completing a number of product re-formulations and pack re-designs. He is currently also 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 a member of the HFMA (Health Food Manufacturers Association) Technical Committee, 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 Rickatson
 

Simon Rickatson
HR Director


Simon Rickatson Director of HR for the Nelsons Group was born in Yorkshire, England who 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 has held Senior HR roles in leading Pharmaceutical and financial organizations. Simon is married and has five children. Simon’s interests include family, sports — particularly rugby and has just completed his first Triathlon.




Richard Bowling
 

Richard Bowling
Director of Quality and Regulatory Compliance


Richard 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. He was responsible for the company’s Quality Management System and ensured compliance to global regulations for 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. His vision for Quality and Regulatory Operations at Nelsons is to support the economic success of the business by delivering high quality health and well-being products to our consumers and to protect the brands by ensuring compliance to regulations in all markets.




Andrew Smith
 

Andrew Smith
Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary


Andrew joined the business in April 2015 and brings a wealth of finance leadership experience to Nelson’s. He spent 12 years with Diageo plc, the world’s largest premium alcoholic drinks business where he held a number of senior finance leadership positions in treasury, corporate finance and latterly as the Finance Director for the Global IT and Shared Service function. He was interim treasurer at the Post Office following separation from Royal Mail where he set the treasury risk management framework, policies and processes for the standalone business. Prior to joining Nelson’s Andrew was Financial Controller of European Operations spread over UK, Portugal, Italy and Germany at Tate & Lyle Sugars Limited, part of ASR (American Sugar Refiners) Group, the world’s largest cane sugar refining group. Andrew is a business graduate from the University of Bath, a chartered accountant and holds the AMCT treasury qualification. Out of the office Andrew enjoys spending time with his family, cycling and cooking.