Phil Eaglesham – Co-Founder
Royal Marines Commando injured in Afghanistan, Rio 2016 Paralympian, Motivational & Inspirational Speaker. Inspiration & driving force behind Conquering Horizons. His every day experience and insight into the requirements are guiding this project & ensuring it is addressing the real needs of the disabled community.
Julie Eaglesham – Co-Founder
Previous managerial experience of an optical practice. Carer/PA with everyday experience and insight into the needs of a care assistant. She ensures the company addresses the needs and requirement of the health care community.
Brian Meaden – Director
Founder and Director of companies in the Hotel, Pub, Restaurant, and Retail sectors. Currently Chairman of Chris Beetles Gallery (EIS funded start-up focused on the fast-growing interest in 19th and 20th century Photos), he was previously Chairman of a major Casino Exhibition Company A.T.E and President of a Pan European Trade Association Euromat.
Long term charitable interest in disability and Neurological disease research.
Laurence Armstrong – Advisor
MD for one of the principle companies in the UK home audio sector, he has introduced countless brands to the specialist retail market, and has a distinct understanding of what it takes to effectively launch and market a new product. 20 years as MD for Henley Designs Ltd., preceded by 7 years as MD of Ortofon UK, and senior level positions at Aiwa and Denon.
Long history of support for multiple charitable foundations, Laurence is investing in Victor in this round and will help guide the strategy and product launch
The Conquering Horizons team are not drawing any salary for their work on the Victor project until the MAMRC have completed their design phases. The forecast model that we have submitted foresees budgets for an MD, Operations Head, Production Head, Commercial Director and Marketing Head once Victor is ready to go to market in year 2.
At this stage a decision will be made as to whether professional management need to be brought in to steer the project working closely with Phil who will continue in a senior management role. Laurence and Brian will either formally join the team in one of these roles or remain solely as Board Directors as required.
The Royal Marines Charity’s mission is to raise resource and provide the best possible through life charitable support for Royal Marines, their families and veterans. As the Corps’ own charity, it is uniquely placed to understand, respond and react, enabling Marines and their families to overcome their challenges including life changing injury, life limiting illness, mental disability, transition to civilian life and even poverty. Support can be targeted across every need to ensure no one is left behind. For more information visit www.theroyalmarinescharity.org.uk
MARCUS CROSSLEY – SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER
Marcus graduated from Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) in Industrial Design (Product) and worked in the SHU Design Research Centre for one year designing a variable height easy access bath for profoundly disabled people.
Over the following two years Marcus was employed through a TCS / KTP scheme, designing the company’s next ‘top of the range’ bathing product and implementing production efficiencies throughout the production department.
During this time Marcus also completed an NVQ (level 4) in Management and gained a Masters (MA) in Design Innovation Strategy. This position progressed into a Technical Manager role, responsible for all R&D, Technical and Quality System requirements and then after two years became Technical Director of the company. After eight years in this position Marcus joined the University of Sheffield’s Medical AMRC as a Senior Project Engineer, and has helped build and deliver the AMRC’s successful project activity within medical and healthcare sectors.
SAMUEL REES – SENIOR PROJECT ENGINEER
Graduating in 1998 with a 1st class honours degree in Industrial Design and MA in Industrial Design in 2000, Samuel has worked for 16 years in design & development across many different disciplines.
Samuel has gained much experience working in design consultancy environments, and also worked for 5 years progressing to Design Director of Evolution Power Tools, a £30m turnover global organisation.
Projects Samuel has worked on have included medical devices, defence equipment, hand tools, consumer products, FMCG, power tools, industrial products, domestic controls, security & garden tools, for brands such as Bic, BAE SYSTEMS, Rolls-Royce, B&Q, Screwfix, NCR, Gripple, & Cooper Security. Samuel is named inventor in 8 patents ranging across different fields and specialises in ergonomics, 3D-CAD, FEA and IP.
CHRIS IVESON – DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT ENGINEER
Design and Development Engineer with experience in a variety of industries. Past roles have involved developing precision mechanical seals for prestigious South Yorkshire manufacturing company AESSEAL PLC, but also experienced in high volume consumer products sold in their millions with Evolution Power Tools Ltd and Morphy Richards Ltd.
Chris has a passion for developing new products and technologies that contain Intellectual Property. Improving on something that already exists, and protecting that improvement, is the best way to gain competitive advantage over rival products.
It also makes the projects fun to work on! In his time at the Medical AMRC Chris has applied his skills and experience to a broad range of successful projects, from handheld surgical tools, to a full size electric power chair concepts. He enjoys the daily challenge that comes with such varied projects.