Stephen Ellis will drive quality and innovation in Evac+Chair International’s life-saving products
Birmingham-based manufacturer, Evac+Chair International, has brought in an experienced engineering director from the automotive sector, Stephen Ellis, as technical director to help drive its ambitious plans to broaden and enhance its range of life-saving products.
Stephen has 15 years’ experience working in the automotive sector. His roles ranged from vehicle crash testing at MIRA, to the design and development of low-volume, premium vehicles for Jaguar Land Rover. He then switched to a tier one automotive supplier, producing mechatronic components for low-volume, high-value vehicles.
“It was this last role which made me realise that building a business was as exciting as working in engineering and that’s what attracted me to the role at Evac+Chair International,” explains Stephen, who will be responsible for product strategy, product development and delivery, technical support, quality assurance and approvals as well as compliance.
“It’s a great product and a great company. We have a well-established R&D team and a manufacturing base in the Midlands. To top it all, we’re British-owned. There’s enormous potential to build on these capabilities by enhancing the existing range as well as working with customers to create new products.
“Engineering in the automotive sector is highly disciplined and regulated so my experience allows me to inject even greater rigour to the processes here. Together with the R&D team at Evac+Chair, I will be looking at what products we can develop by 2020 and then 2030 and beyond. Part of that process will be listening to our customers to make sure we continue to design and develop great products which will meet their needs, now and in the future,” he added.
Ges Wallace, Managing Director at Evac+Chair International explains: “The new role of Technical Director has been created to research, develop and deliver new and improved products to the market for Evac+Chair, Paraid and Sigma FS. From evacuation chairs to neonatal transport trollies and fire safety products, we are committed to investing in our ranges to meet the highest quality and safety standards worldwide. In Stephen, we’ve found someone who shares our passion for innovation coupled with quality assurance and continuous improvement.