Kevin Kiely, Chief Executive founded Medilink nearly 20 years ago, a model which is now licensed to regions across the UK. Kevin is currently the CEO of Medilink North of England and International Executive for Medilink UK. He has developed and currently leads a dedicated team of international specialists that service both Medilink UK members and the Department for International Trade (DIT), the UK Government agency for Trade and Inward Investment. This team works in partnership with DIT to deliver international trade services regionally and also to deliver UK pavilions and missions on behalf of DIT in territories across the world e.g. Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Brazil.
Kevin also leads a team of health technology innovation specialists with a strong track record in international markets. Much of Kevin’s work internationally has related to technology transfer and he is passionate in promoting alternative market entry strategies for key international growth markets (China, India and Brazil) based on early stage partnership. He has signed MOUs for cooperation and exchange in trade, technology transfer and R&D with China and Brazil’s largest medical device trade associations.
Tom Elliott BA (Hons), MSc, ILM, MIEX, International Manager started his career in legal and regulatory affairs where he held the position of Quality Manager for a medical technology manufacturer. Since then Tom has worked in export and new market development within the Life Sciences industry. His experience with developing new markets, engaging overseas partners and registering medical devices is something that he freely shares with Medilink members.
As International Manager Tom is responsible for overseeing all of Medilink NOE’s international projects and has delivered activity in numerous overseas markets including Russia, Brazil, USA, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Mexico, South Africa, East Africa and across Europe. Tom works on a range of projects within Medilink and is also, engaged as Life Sciences Regional Sector Specialist on behalf of the Department for International Trade, offering support throughout the North of England to companies looking to enter or improve their impact in overseas markets.
Emma Johnson Bsc (Hons), International Adviser joined the Medilink International team in January 2018. Having graduated with a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Sheffield in 2011, Emma then worked abroad in Southern Europe and China, where she began her career in the pharmaceutical industry with Pfizer, Beijing. Since returning to the UK Emma has continued to gain experience in the pharmaceutical and Life Sciences industries working in both the UK and international markets.
Emma’s role at Medilink is to work with members and clients to help them achieve their goals and develop export within their business. Emma will also deliver Medilink’s international projects and exhibition programme.
Melissa Erwin BSC (Hons), International Officer Graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a BSc in Events Management. She has experience as an Events Coordinator in a variety of settings, most notably within corporate and large scale private events. Melissa’s role within the team focuses on the organisation and customer support of all Medilink’s exhibitions, as well as regularly attending the events to offer companies in-market assistance.
Since joining Medilink's International team, Melissa has coordinated the delivery of exhibitions and trade missions in Europe, Africa, Asia, North America and the Middle East.
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