Our Management Team
David Cole joined Vanguard Healthcare Solutions in March 2017 as Chief Executive.
A mental health nurse by training, David brings over 35 years’ experience in the health and social care sector.
Prior to joining Vanguard, David was CEO at Cygnet Health Care, one of the UK's largest operators of specialist mental health services.
David has chaired Choice Care Group, Lighthouse Healthcare and Glenside Care Group, and was CEO of Castlebeck between 2003 & 2007. He has also served on the Board of Frosunda, a specialist Swedish care operator, and acted as an advisor to organisations including, amongst others, Advent International.
David understands the complexities of regulated healthcare operations, customer expectations, and the need to innovate and develop customer facing products. Combining this knowledge with his significant experience of successfully leading and growing healthcare organisations, he is well placed to lead Vanguard Healthcare Solutions in its UK and increasingly international operations.
Steve has worked within the acute hospital sector for 25 years, latterly as Chief Executive and Executive Director in large acute/specialist teaching hospitals. His Board level experience extends over a 10-year period. Steve has been part of or led teams delivering major clinical service reconfiguration within a number of acute hospitals. Steve joined the Vanguard team in an advisory capacity in October 2013 and focuses upon identifying and creating longer term delivery partnerships.
In April 2015, Steve was appointed Sales and Business Development Director. As well as continuing to cultivate long term partnerships, Steve is now pioneering Vanguard's community based healthcare projects.
Scott Pells joined Vanguard Healthcare Solutions in 2016 as an established business professional. Scott possesses an array of experience within the healthcare sector, where he has worked within a number of professional capacities. Scott’s wealth of industry knowledge has built from his experience of healthcare consultancy as well as leading sales and marketing teams.
Working within the healthcare sector exclusively since 2007, Scott has worked with the NHS, the private hospital sector, financial institutions looking to invest in the UK health sector and medical device companies and clinical staffing businesses.
Oliver Law joined Vanguard Healthcare in 2015 as an established senior business leader. With over twelve years’ experience in the medical devices industry, eight of which being at board level, Oliver has spent much of his career restructuring, growing and reinvigorating businesses.
Prior to joining Vanguard, Oliver held several management positions in the medical device industry, starting his medical device career at Karl Storz Endoscopy. From this, Oliver moved to Stryker, where he assumed responsibility for Stryker’s UK Endoscopy business, rebuilding and growing it substantially during his time. Oliver was then headhunted by Trumpf in 2008, joining them initially as Director of Sales & Marketing, and being promoted to Managing Director in 2009, where he assumed full responsibility for their UK operation. During this time, Oliver reshaped the UK business, introducing multiple new revenue streams including service, installation and consultancy. More recently, Oliver’s role at Trumpf expanded further, where he was also responsible for introducing new Trumpf products into European markets.
Our Clinical Managers
Pamela Bennett has had a distinguished career handling both marketing and general operations for a number of healthcare providers.
Born in Canada, Pam began her career as Marketing Manager of Bath Clinic in 1984, where she remained for ten years, latterly as Group Marketing Manager for Compass Healthcare. Since leaving Compass, Pam held various managerial roles with providers such as Bupa and Virgin Healthcare before joining Vanguard in 2008 as Operations Manager.
Before beginning his clinical career, retraining as an Operating Department Practitioner in 2003, Steve spent 15 years in the military serving in Germany, Kosovo, Northern Ireland and during the first Gulf War.
Steve held his first role as an ODP at Whiston Hospital, Merseyside, in 2006 before joining Vanguard three years later. Steve quickly became a lead practitioner, heading Vanguard’s clinical teams on site. Steve became a Clinical Contracts Manager in 2015.
Norma Davies qualified as a nurse in Northern Ireland and spent the following 36 years working for the NHS in Plymouth, joining Derriford Hospital in 1975 and leaving as a senior staff nurse in January 2001.
After leaving the NHS, Norma semi-retired with her husband to a holiday home in Britanny, France, but, missing her job, she returned to full time work, joining the Vanguard team as a theatre crew member in 2004. Norma became a Clinical Contracts Manager in 2007.
Scott Horsley began training as an Operating Department Practitioner for the Army at the age of 16 - a job that he remained in for 9 years, serving in Germany, the Falklands, Ireland and during the first Gulf War.
Following 5 years as a locum ODP, Scott joined Cardinal Healthcare as an ODP in 2002, less than two months before it became Vanguard Healthcare. Scott has been a Clinical Contracts Manager since 2005.