John Wilkenson

Mr John Wilkinson

Chair
Global Medical Devices Nomenclature Agency

Former Director of Devices
UK Medicines & Health Products Regulatory Agency

Mr John Wilkinson recently retired from his role as Director of Devices at the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency after 7 years in the role. During this period he acted as chair of the Competent Authorities Medical Devices network in Europe and led the establishment of the Joint Action on Market Surveillance (JAMS) which is a collaborative programme supporting the implementation of the Medical Device Regulations and better working across the network.

Mr John was elected as Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Global Medical Devices Nomenclature in 2019.

Prior to this role, John was Chief Executive of Eucomed, the leading European medical device industry representation body, and Director General of the Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI). These followed extensive industry experience in sales and marketing and general management with Becton Dickinson and the BOC Group as well as a period as chief executive of early stage medical imaging company.

Mr John holds a first degree in Zoology from the University of Aberdeen, an MBA from University of Warwick and is a Fellow of the Institute of Marketing. He was made an Honorary Member of The Organisation for Professional Regulatory Affairs (TOPRA) in 2019. John was awarded an OBE for services to the medical device industry in the 2010 New Year’s Honours list.