Meet the Board of Directors
A qualified Chartered Accountant, Jason joined James Heal in April 2015 as Finance Director. Prior to joining James Heal, Jason has worked in a number of senior roles and across a number of ownership structures.
His experience has always been in manufacturing predominantly in metals as Divisional Financial Controller at Firth Rixson (PE), Group Finance Director at ABS Industrial Resources (Private) and most recently worked in the glass container industry as Finance Director at Stoelze Flaconnage (Private).
Continuous improvement and eliminating waste are his guiding principles. In his time at James Heal, Jason has updated the ERP system to create a fully integrated system, improving reporting and analysis, and deliver a faster turnaround of monthly accounts to both internal and external stakeholders. This has included transforming Finance and IT functions to forward-looking service centres, and working with the senior team to align the financial KPIs and keeping a tight control of fixed costs.
Outside of work Jason lives in Huddersfield with his partner Julia and young son Dylan.
With more than 30 years of experience in the Test and Measurement space, including 14 years as Managing Director at Mecmesin Ltd, John Page joins James Heal as Managing Director of the PPT Group.
Neil joined the Company in 1997, and has been a company director since 2007, involved in many aspects of running the business.
He started out as a Senior Mechanical Designer, and designed the original Titan tensile tester. Following that he became Production Manager and was responsible for the regeneration of the production environment, using LEAN manufacturing methods and the very latest software and computer controlled machinery.
As Innovation Director, Neil manages our Design and Technical teams, where he focuses on designing products that meet our customers’ needs, solve their challenges and add value to their business, to give our brand and products a competitive edge. Neil says “I believe that good product design should make life easier, improve efficiency, give people more control and make them feel emotionally attached. We put the user at the centre of our design, making products easy to use”
In 2011, Neil played a lead role in spear-heading a number of projects, including a strategic rebrand to strengthen our position in the market, a new product design signature and new product packaging. The result was the creation of a unique and strong brand, with a clear market proposition and positioning in the market.
Post re-brand, after a long period of flat sales, James Heal went from £7.5million turnover in 2010 to £14.1million in 2017. Neil works cross-functionally to ensure that customer needs drive our product development process and that ‘design thinking’ is tightly woven into our company culture.
Neil lives in Huddersfield with his wife, Helen, and their three teenage children.