Main Personnel

Simon Hall – Founding Director

Since gaining a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Simon also completed another in Psychology. He has worked in Project Management, Testing and Commissioning of multi-million pound projects including the Channel Tunnel, Waterloo Area Resignalling Scheme and Jubilee Line, London Underground.Also, Service Engineering and Sales in a variety of Medical Device Companies over the last 30 years. His last role was as Area Sales Manager promoting Suction and Oxygen Devices within the South West and South Wales. Simon left this role after 17 years in June 2019 to start Airway Medical Ltd.

“I began by self-funding a medical device, currently in full prototype stage with patent pending.I have utilised business support from a number of organisation’s including Outset, Set Squared, EEN, AHSN, Business West, Innovate 2 Succeed, The Healthtec Hub and Oxford Innovation.Since gaining the Innovate UK grant award, we now employ 5 people and are based at Engine Shed, Temple Meads in Bristol.I am passionate about Environmental and Social Issues. My interests include lindy-hop swing dancing, singing jazz, golf and walking my two little dogs.”

Glenn Kenworthy – CEO 

Glenn is a MedTech management and marketing consultant and he spends his time working with great medical companies both in the UK and Internationally. He is fortunate to have the opportunity to mix the type of work that he does, with the aim of helping corporate leaders to strategically improve the businesses they are in, the products they create and the patients they serve. Glenn acts as a strategic advisor and mentor. 

He has strong ties with the Cardiovascular, Interventional Radiology and Women’s Health sectors through his 20 years’ experience as an international Marketing Director and independent consultant working in some of the world’s most pioneering MedTech companies. He has overseen product launches, market access, therapy development and the commercialization of many clinically advanced medical products, that have helped thousands of patients around the world. 

Glenn is currently creating a new equity crowdfunding platform which is specifically for the MedTech community. The plan for the platform is to assist MedTech startups gain access to funding from investors that understand and recognise the value of the healthcare innovation that is being developed. Glenn is also an angel investor in several early-stage medical companies and property developers.

Glenn’s commitment to environmental and social development, his unwavering integrity, and his dedication to a truly inclusive workforce places him in the ideal position to be CEO of the AML brand.

Glenn lives and works mostly from home in a tiny Oxfordshire village in the UK. He has 3 grown up kids all working independently, a wife who is a Research Midwife, working in cardiovascular clinical research at the Oxford University John Radcliffe Hospital. 

Manoj Thacker – Social Innovator

I am passionate about entrepreneurship, particularly when it leads to social or environmental impact – and my focus remains on supporting, building and investing in purpose driven startups.

I ask myself each day- What do I want to accomplish? What is my legacy? Is business a force for good – how do we build a new world with impact and technology? How do I find a place where we remain human centric by designing and co-creating solutions for sustainability?

With climate change and social inequalities growing, the only question is- How do we move to a “triple bottom line”: People, Planet, Profit?

No conversations can move without mentioning COVID19, it has infected everything and, amidst all the wreckage, it is hard to find anything good. I found some hope when I met the Founder of Airway Medical, Simon Hall, and found a clarifying opportunity to rethink, rebuild, and rejuvenate my life and career – and to envision a new normal. 

I enjoy walks, listening to podcasts, and cooking with my family. I am applying a new focus after reading a book by gifted author Todd Miller ‘Enrich Create Wealth in Time, Money and Meaning’. It has reignited the youthful passion and drive that had slowly faded over the course of my career. Enrich is a methodology that empowers you to design an aspirational plan and live it. I found my home at Airway Medical as life goes round in full circle for entrepreneurs. 

Sarah Whelan – COO

Sarah has had the pleasure of being involved in Airway Medical from very early in the journey, and so has had the opportunity to help drive the operational and HR vision from the very beginning. 

Sarah’s background is strategic and tactical people and process management. Her ethos of establishing psychological safety and sustainability as the cornerstones of business culture has helped to ensure that our social and environmental responsibilities have been embedded from the outset.

Having an extensive background in employee relations, stress management, and diversity, equality and inclusion, she focuses on employee wellbeing, ongoing training and development, and communication to ensure staff are engaged, enthusiastic, and thriving in their roles.

Sarah is a veteran of HM Armed Forces and is the mother of 6 children, 3 who are grown and independent and 3 still in at home. She is married to a nuclear engineer and lives in a small Northern seaside town.

In her spare time Sarah is a school governor and volunteers as a family support worker for Home-Start Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre.

Paul Haines – Technical Projector Officer

Paul was introduced to Airway medical during a virtual seminar on local “Covid-19 innovation Response projects”, as the Co-Founder of HackthePandenmic humanitarian effort to mass produce much PPE during the shortage mass shortage.

Paul has a successful career in the Corporate Cyber Security and IOT sector for many years, he has tenaciously climbed up through the ranks and well recognised and respect in his field.

During Pauls spare time he creates both functional and aesthetic 3D printed models with over 10 years’ experience in the 3D Printing rapid manufacturing industry, it was initially his exemplary skills in SLA printing, process driven troubleshooting, CAD editing and out of the box thinking that made him an ideal member of our conceptualisation team.

His hobbies include 3D/2D conceptional Design, Drone racing and Crypto mining

Paul’s professional qualifications are: Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator, Certified IT Professional, Microsoft Certified Professional, CompTIA Network & Security ForeScout Certified Systems Expert #0209.

Edward Clyne – Technical Projector Officer

Edward was introduced to airway medical in 2020 after co-founding a humanitarian effort to produce PPE during the shortage. He has a background in rapid prototyping, CAD design and electronic engineering making him an ideal member of our conceptualisation team. As the youngest member of airway medical he provides alternative perspectives, out of the box thinking and unique approaches to problem solving. In his spare time Ed does volunteer work, extreme sports , performs as a professional DJ, builds robots and travels to remote locations around the globe.

Dr. Stewart Southey – Clinical Lead 

Founder of Catena Consulting, Stewart is an experienced NHS Consultant Anaesthetist and Healthcare Technology Strategist. Catena is a boutique firm that focuses on emerging technology appraisal and implementation in healthcare, supply chains and the financial services sector. 

Deb Whitehall – Commercial Lead

Deb has extensive knowledge and NHS experience in supporting Tech start-ups and entrepreneurs in growth expansion and business development.

Innovative, results driven with over 20 years experience and a passion for building relationships and exceeding client and management expectations. 

Deb has proven success in the areas of project management, operations and business development in NHS, Private Healthcare, Local Authority, CCG, Primary, Urgent/ OOH, Acute, Mental Health, Nursing Homes, Domiciliary Care, CHC, CQC and Academic Health Science Networks.