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Dr John Havard, Chairman & Founder

In a nutshell;  I lead a Suffolk GP practice and have had a career long interest in medical innovations

Why 'Flume'? When I broke my ankle I found myself incapacitated for some time.  I asked our Community Nurses what would make the biggest difference to their patients and their working lives - they said unanimously.."Do something about the Foley Cather!" 

Professional; Graduated from the Royal Free Hospital.  A GP for over 30 years in a semi-rural practice in Saxmundham - 25 miles from the nearest A&E department and hence managing a broad range of primary care issues including catheter blockages.  A career long interest in initiating medical innovations for patient benefit; from a mobile glaucoma unit to serve East Suffolk to a Community Based Community Psychiatric Nursing initiative. Recognised for national awards by the Health Service Journal and the NHS Alliance. Selected as one of the UK Top 50 Innovators by the HSJ.

Personal interests; While innovation has been all consuming, I also, paradoxically, have a passion for renovating old cars and our Suffolk farmhouse


Roger Holmes, Co-Founder & Chief Executive

In a nutshell; Former CEO of M&S, engineer, accountant and private equity investor

Why 'Flume'? I have been fortunate to run major companies and invest in mid sized growth businesses, but when John approached me with with his idea for Flume, it was an irresistible chance to work together on creating a company from scratch; one with a huge potential to impact beneficially the lives of millions of patients as well as hard pressed healthcare finances.

Professional;  Partner at Change Capital Partners LLP since 2005, investing €500m in high growth consumer businesses across Europe. Former CEO of Marks & Spencer. Previous roles included being Chief Executive of Kingfisher’s electrical sector as well as a main Board Director; three years as Finance Director of B&Q; and Managing Director of Woolworths.  Earlier in his career Roger spent seven years as a strategy consultant for McKinsey & Co, latterly as Principal specialising in retail and consumer goods having qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse.  A Mechanical Engineering graduate from the University of Bristol, Roger is a Pro Chancellor of the University and former Chair of the Centenary Campaign Board.

Personal interests;  Lots that seem to involve water in some way...Generating power from the mini hydroelectric scheme we installed in an old Mill race at home, standing in rivers hoping to catch fish but mostly enjoying the scenery and sailing, ideally in Cornwall with family and friends, but occasionally somewhere warmer...