The Team

The RUA Medical team have been developing product innovations to meet the needs of medical device clients worldwide for many years. Our core skill lies in applying past experiences and converting new technology platforms  to manufacture commercially successful products that perform to the highest standards.

Here is  your management team

Caroline Stretton
CEO

Caroline is a graduate of the University of Strathclyde, and holds a PhD in Pure and Applied Chemistry. Caroline joined RUA Medical in 2018 from prosthetic hand manufacturer, Touch Bionics, where she was a key member of the Leadership Team responsible for Global Manufacturing, Operations, Quality and Customer Support. Touch Bionics was sold to Icelandic Orthotic and Prosthetic manufacturer Ossur in 2016. Between 1994 and 2013, Caroline was employed by a number of medical device and pharmaceutical companies in a variety of roles, most notably Teva Pharmaceuticals, Ocutec and Mpathy Medical, a surgical medical device company who achieved a multi-million pound exit to Danish surgical medical device manufacturer Coloplast in 2010.

David Richmond
Founder and Global Business Development Director

David is a 5th generation lace manufacturer in the family business Flemings Laces Ltd, founded in 1881. In 2000, Flemings Laces Ltd sold their glass fibre fabric business to Scott and Fyfe. David’s entrepreneurial spark enabled the founding of the current medical device business in 2004, with specialties in fabric manufacture. The RUA branding was borne out of David’s merchant navy career, where RUA was redhead David’s gaelic nickname ‘on the boats’.  David has previously held the CTO role in Lombard Medical, and excels in bringing together business development with novel innovation. David is also currently Non-Executive Director of Aortech PLC, and Braidlock Ltd.

Matthew Litton
Director of Research and Development

Matthew is a multi-skilled engineer with 24 years of industrial experience in the design, development and manufacture of technical, industrial and medical textiles and their associated manufacturing equipment.  He brings a wealth of experience gathered across many industries including aerospace, automotive and medical.  Graduating from Strathclyde University with a BEng (Hons.) in Computer & Electronics Engineering Matthew joined the family textile business, Culzean Fabrics, which specialised in developing innovative textiles and textile processes.  Matthew’s development highlights include glass composite automotive leaf springs, tethers for the electrodynamic retrieval of spent satellites, the modernisation of Madras and Nottingham Lace manufacturing technologies and the development of needle-loom woven aortic root and bifurcated vascular grafts.  Matthew’s passion for innovation has driven him to extend and develop new machinery to realise his vision.  This includes the development of bespoke sewing equipment for joining a vascular stent and graft together to create an innovative AAA (Aortic Abdominal Aneurysm) treatment device.

Russell Mowbray
Director of Quality and Regulatory

Russell has worked clinically in Operating Theatres across all surgical and anaesthetic specialties working in many UK hospitals. He has developed collaborative working methodologies across multidisciplinary organisations and formal training and use of process redesign techniques and PRINCE2 project management. He has been responsibile for Operating Theatres, Anaesthetics departments, Intensive Care and Sterile Services in a large Teaching Trust where he project managed the development of a computerised pharmaceutical prescribing and patient management system for intensive care, and was a member of the Birmingham and Black Country Electronic Record program (BLACKBIRD) (which formed part of the advisory panel for the UK parliament with regards to Electronic Patient Records) and was part of the review of sterile services across Birmingham and the Black Country which led to the introduction of centralised “Super” Hospital Sterilisation and Disinfection Units. Russell is an active member of the Scottish Life Sciences Association and has played an instrumental part in the development and implementation of undergraduate and post graduate training programs for students and those employed in the life sciences industries as part of a concerted effort to increase the availability and recognition of quality as a profession. He is also a member of the Chartered Quality Institute.

Eilidh Gilchrist
Director of Operations
Eilidh joined RUA Medical in 2015 from Giltech, a wound management company, where she was Operations Director. With over 25 years experience in the medical device industry, she has worked in the alginate, wound management, biodegradable, antimicrobial and urology sectors. Eilidh developed and manages the project management office at RUA Medical which enables the company to better serve our clients and build solid, long-term partnerships