Healthcare company JRI Orthopaedics has appointed Frank Collins as its new chairman. Collins (pictured) brings a wealth of experience in the medical devices and orthopaedic sector, having worked for most of his career at senior levels in UK-based healthcare organisations.
He also has significant international experience drawn from his time overseeing divisions and companies in Australia, Germany and France, as well as managing commercial relationships with partners in many countries.
“I am delighted to join the JRI board as its non-executive chair,” said Collins. “The company is well known as a highly regarded and well-established developer and provider of top-quality orthopaedic implants and I feel privileged to have been invited to help contribute to its future development.
“There is little doubt that the company is facing some challenges from an ever-changing and more demanding NHS but I am heartened by the determination across the company to respond positively and effectively to take the company into a new chapter of growth and success.
“This is evident through the recent successes in developing new partnerships in countries such as Brazil and China, with the intention of introducing the JRI range to hospitals and patients in those countries and beyond.
“JRI is a UK business that has enormous strengths and qualities, not least its manufacturing competence and deep-rooted commitment to quality which are strong assets for developing overseas markets.”
He added: “I have been very impressed with both the wealth of knowledge and the commitment to quality which exist within our modern facility in Sheffield, as well as the clear view that the unique status of the company – given its association with Orthopaedic Research UK – really does make it a very special part of British orthopaedic manufacturing.”
Collins takes over from Brian Jones who has retired after a long career at JRI Orthopaedics, including six years as chairman.