Former Qbitus MD and Leckey sales leader join Simple Stuff Works as it pursues growth ambitions
Simple Stuff Works has expanded its team with two new experienced members as the company looks towards new export markets and continued growth.
James Hellewell has joined the company as operations manager and Stephen Kirkpatrick has joined as business development manager, bringing more than a combined 25 years of industry experience to the company.
More about James Hellewell…
Entering the medical devices industry in 2005 with Jenx, a manufacturer of postural support products for children, James spent four years as a product advisor before moving into a senior management role at the company as a business development manager.
Being involved with international & domestic sales, product & brand development and working with organisations such as the BHTA whilst completing an MBA, James moved to Speedplastics in January 2014 as the company’s general manager.
In 2016, James was appointed Managing Director of Qbitus Products, a manufacturer of wheelchair seat cushions and accessories recently acquired by the Direct Healthcare Group.
“They share our passion and our drive for improving the lives of the children and adults we support and we are thrilled to be given the opportunity to work with them.” Anna Waugh
Discussing the move to Simple Stuff Works, James told THIIS: “Whilst I had been aware of Simple Stuff Works, the organisation and its products’ growing reputation for some time, I first met Anna Waugh (Managing Director at Simple Stuff Works) at a BHTA Children’s Equipment Section meeting in 2011.
“I found Anna’s passion for making a difference in people’s lives, specifically through postural management, thoroughly engaging. Over the coming years, I watched as Simple Stuff Works continued to grow.
“When the opportunity to join Simple Stuff Works arose, both my head and my heart knew this was an opportunity I could not miss out on.
According to the company, James will be on board to support Simple Stuff Works from a regulatory compliance point of view, supporting the business as it works towards ISO standards and the new EU Regulations for medical devices.
More about Stephen Kirkpatrick…
Having spent thirteen years in the industry, Stephen started at Leckey in customer services role before leaping at the opportunity to leave Northern Ireland and support the business within a London-based sales role.
Speaking with Stephen, he said: “I worked hard to grow the business and progress my career to regional and divisional management levels, learning a lot about what it takes to get innovative products to market to create better outcomes for individuals with complex healthcare needs.”
He will now help Simple Stuff Works develop its export markets as the company looks overseas for growth, whilst also managing the UK advisor team.
“Simple Stuff Works was an amazingly unexpected opportunity that has given me the ability to progress to my career in a business development role,” continued Stephen.
“It makes me feel proud to work with like-minded individuals like Sarah, Anna & James. We work cohesively to ensure we promote agility, drive change and devote love and respect to not only our own families but of those individuals & families we work with.”
Commenting on the new additions to the Simple Stuff Works’ team, Managing Director Anna Waugh told THIIS: “We are delighted that James and Stephen have come to work with us. As a growing business we need the skills and experience these two highly-respected colleagues bring to the table and think that, together, our business is going to thrive and succeed.
“They share our passion and our drive for improving the lives of the children and adults we support and we are thrilled to be given the opportunity to work with them.”
Recently, the company launched its Anatomical Positioning System (APS), allowing carers to adjust the positioning of an end-user at the touch of a button using inflatables placed around the body liked to a pump system. The inflatables can be inflated or deflated around the individual to achieve the desired position.