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Leadership Team

Dr Ross Coomber

BSc (hons), MBBS, FRCS, PGCERT

Operations Director

Ross is a Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon with research interests in innovative solutions to improve patient care. Having completed a 12 month trauma fellowship in Canada, he has experience of working with medical cannabis. Ross has worked with start-ups to digitalise medical locum work, medical navigation and platforms for orthopaedic surgeons education. Responsible for all aspects of operations including doctor training programmes, franchisee set-up, contracting, background checks and establishing all communications across the Sapphire brand.
Aran Samra

Aran Samra

MChem (Oxon) ACA

Clinic Director

Aran is a Chartered Accountant and Wealth Manager having studied at Oxford University. Prior to running the finance function at a tech start-up, Aran gained experience in Audit, Investment Advisory and M&A for 9 years at PwC. By managing all aspects of financial and management accounting, Aran controls Sapphire and franchisee companies. This includes budget and business planning for our proposed franchisee expansion.

Dr Avani Bhanushali

MSc, BDS

Head of Clinical Operations

With a bachelor’s in dental surgery, and MSc in Healthcare management and strategic leadership, Avani has worked both in clinical and managerial roles. Avani has over 7 years of experience in driving strategic initiatives in improvement of patient care at leading tertiary healthcare organisations. At Sapphire Clinics, Avani oversees Clinic Operations across the UK to ensure top quality care is provided to patients, and acts as a direct liaison between clinicians and other stakeholders to maintain the highest healthcare standards and care.

Katy McLachlan

MPharm, PgCert, PgDip, IPresc, MFCI

Chief Pharmacist

Katy is an Clinical Pharmacist who specialises in mental health. She gained her Independent Prescribing qualification focusing on the treatment of depression, and has since gained a wealth of experience managing patients with a wide range of diagnoses from mood and anxiety disorders to psychosis and schizophrenia.
Simon Erridge

Dr Simon Erridge

MBBS, BSc

Research Director

With a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery and BSc in Surgery and Anaesthesia, Simon has also worked on a number of innovative biotech opportunities. Research interests include cannabis-based medicinal products, and patient- reported outcome measures. Simon will be driving growth through professional, corporate and academic partnerships.

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