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.


Michael Watson, Non-executive Director

Michael Watson has had an over 30-year career in Investment Banking. He has been based in the major financial centres of Asia and Europe as Trader and  Manager of Debt Securities and as Syndicate Manager for new debt issuance at major Investment Banks, including 11 years at Deutsche Bank.

He has a BSc (Hons) from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology in European Studies and French. He speaks fluent French, good German, conversational Japanese, basic Polish and Spanish.