Our Board

Dr Bill (William) Allan, CEO

Bill is an internationally experienced medical devices executive who has held a number of general management and leadership positions with global medical device companies, including Smith & Nephew, Angiodynamics, Orthovita and Stryker. He has a strong track record of building businesses and launching new products and has worked in Europe, Africa and North America.

Educated at the University of Edinburgh, University of Capetown and Insead Business School, Bill is a mentor at Cambridge University (Judge) Business School and a council member of ABHI (Association of British Healthcare Industries).


Pat Forristal, Chairman & Founder

Pat has over 20 year’s experience in senior leadership roles in the Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices industries. Prior to co-founding SurgaColl, he was Vice President, International Advanced Operations, with the Orthopaedic Division of Stryker Corporation, where he had responsibility for Product Innovation, Business & Process Development and Manufacturing Strategy. His earlier career included 10 years with Pfizer Pharmaceuticals. He is a graduate mechanical engineer from University College Dublin.


Dr John Gleeson, CTO

John was previously Business Development Manager in the Tissue Engineering Research Group in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He is an inventor of the technologies and a Principal Investigator/Honorary Research Fellow within RCSI, where as head of the Cartilage Advanced Regenerative Therapies (CART) group, he was responsible for over €2.5 million research funding in the fields of Tissue Engineering and Translational Research. He has a PhD in bioengineering from Trinity College Dublin and an MSc in Leadership & Management from RCSI.


Eric Reed, Non-executive Director

Eric has extensive experience in the funding and leadership of successful early stage and growth orientated companies, having served as partner at Enterprise Equity Venture Capital and as founder/director of a number of start-up companies. His professional career has included roles as senior manager with Coopers & Lybrand Chartered Accountants, in both England and Ireland, and as Financial Controller at Digital Equipment Corporation International.