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our people

Our approach to our people is the same as our approach to our business – built on the principle of person centricity. Our people and their unique talents each contributes to the heart of EasyCare Academy.

Peter Nicholson

Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer

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Peter is Co-Founder, President and CEO of EasyCare Academy. Having spent over 25 years in the biopharmaceutical and medical device fields, Peter is a seasoned executive in business development and corporate strategy. Prior to founding the Academy, Peter served as a member of the executive leadership team of Nestlé Skin Health for more than a decade, helping the company meet its global growth ambitions and launch strategic business initiatives.

Previously, he was Vice President, Corporate Development for Mentor Corporation where he successfully divested the company's urology business and refocused its strategy on the aesthetic business, leading to its acquisition by Johnson & Johnson. At Inamed, he successfully executed multiple business development agreements and revitalized the company's international presence prior to its acquisition by Allergan. Peter co-founded and served as CEO of Blue Heron Biotechnology, a genomics company which he grew from two to 33 employees and oversaw a successful commercial launch. Peter also spent six years at Amgen, where he is credited with starting and managing the company's venture program. A student of biochemistry and immunology, he has worked at two small medical device companies focused on the development of products to address unmet needs for wound healing and burns.

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Ian Philp

Executive Vice President, Research & Development & Chief Scientific Officer

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Ian co-founded EasyCare Academy after researching and developing the EasyCare International Project for Personalized Care for Older People for nearly 30 years. He chairs the Academy’s Education and Scientific Advisory Boards in addition to his roles as Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer.

Ian is currently Professor of Global Ageing at the University of Stirling, Scotland. He holds many advisory positions in national and international policy and practice for older people and is a frequent media commentator on ageing and older people. Ian‘s heralded career includes 35 years in the UK's National Health Service as a clinician, educator, researcher and manager. He has held the position of Marjorie Coote Professor of Health Care for Older People at the University of Sheffield and founded the Sheffield Institute for Studies on Ageing, which won the Queen's Anniversary Prize in 2000 for research into improving the quality of life for older people. Ian was also the National Clinical Director (or "Tsar") for Older People in the Department of Health in England between 2000 and 2008, leading the development and implementation of the National Service Framework for Older People. Further, Ian was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in 2009 for services to health care and older people.

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Lee Hampston

Vice President, Digital Innovation and Information Technology & Chief Technology Officer

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Lee has over 20 years’ experience in strategic development and the creation of new businesses, with a focus on the technology-enabled care markets, telecoms and IT fields. Prior to joining EasyCare Academy, he served as a member of the KCOM Group PLC senior management team, responsible for the management and innovation of propositions, products and solutions. During this period, he formed an integrated business unit that created and delivered new IoT (Internet of Things) health-related products and propositions joining together the unmet needs of an ageing population and the systems that address those needs. He also led the strategic delivery of the group’s super-fast fibre optic products and services to business clients, with a focus on new over-the-top services.

Previously, Lee has held roles at Cable and Wireless, where he successfully led the roll-out of IP voice technologies. He also worked as a consultant for Nortel Networks in the delivery of international data networks for the Ministry of Defence. Additionally, he was the co-founder of a small telecoms installation company and the founder of Health Touch Kinesiology, an alternative medicine practice.

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Chris Nicholson

Vice President, Finance, Treasurer & Chief Financial Officer

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Chris has a long history of creating and driving successful financing strategies and the implementation of technology and other internal business systems for start-up companies. Most recently, Chris co-founded FinnTalon, an exclusive club for affluent people with a passion for the outdoors. At FinnTalon, he led the development of its financing strategy and raised its initial capital. Prior to that, Chris served as Treasurer and CFO of Core Oncology, a medical device company that manufactured radioactive seeds for the treatment of prostate and certain breast cancers. Chris also co-founded Compass Capital, a merchant banking firm that advises emerging, privately held businesses on their financing strategies, and Adaptive Software, a developer of software for Digital Equipment (DEC) computers. At Adaptive, he also served as CEO, and in that role, he successfully raised a combination of debt and equity, drove successful financial partnerships, and subsequently sold the company.

Chris studied physics and computer science at the University of California at Berkeley, but left early to run a security system business that he started and later sold. Chris has spent time living and working in in West Africa, Switzerland and the United States.

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Kerry Wootton

Vice President, Human Resources and Organizational Development & Chief People Officer

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Kerry has extensive and proven global expertise in achieving HR operational excellence for the companies he serves. Prior to joining EasyCare Academy, he ran his own international HR consultancy, serving clients including Nestlé Skin Health SA, Globus Medical SA, and The Pro-Activ Company UK.

Previously, Kerry was Head of HR for all International Markets (excluding the US) at Galderma SA (now Nestlé Skin Health), where he oversaw a three-fold growth in operations and business activities, including a number of successful global acquisitions. To achieve this success, he built a strong process and pipeline of executives for the rapidly expanding organization, particularly in Asia. Kerry also served as Head of HR for Emerging Markets at Medtronic Inc, a leading medical device company. In this role, he was directly responsible for the development and execution of an HR strategy to bring the company’s life-saving technologies to Russia, Eastern Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. Kerry has also held leading HR roles in the banking sector, including at HSBC PLC, where he managed the global expatriate population of the bank, and before that, held customer-facing roles in the retail banking division.

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scientific advisory board

EasyCare Academy’s Scientific Advisory Board is a group of pre-eminent global health, ageing and gerontology experts steering and overseeing EasyCare Academy’s research and analysis and leading the exploration into new research frontiers in person-centred care for healthy ageing.

Isabelle Aboderin

PhD, MSc

Head of Program on Aging & Development, African Population and Health Research Center, Associate Professor of Gerontology, University of Southampton, UK

Du Peng


Vice President and Professor of Renmin University of China, Director of the Institute of Gerontology of Renmin University of China, and Regional Chair for the Asia/Oceania of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics.

Luis Miguel Gutierrez-Robledo


Director General of the National Institute of Geriatrics, National Institute of Health of Mexico

Yun-Hee Jeon

RN, PhD, MNRes, BHSc (Nursing) (UoN)

Susan and Isaac Wakil Professor of Healthy Ageing, University of Sydney

Jean-Pierre Michel


Professor of Medicine, Geneva University and Editor in Chief of the Oxford Textbook of Geriatrics Medicine and Gerontology, Board Member of the French Academy of Medicine

Madeline A Naegle


Director, WHO/PAHO Collaborating Center for Geriatric Nursing Education

Ian Philp


Chair, SAB and Co-Founder EasyCare Academy, Professor of Global Ageing, University of Stirling