Mark Shaw, Sales Director
Mark Shaw is responsible for all operations at SOS including NHS Wheelchair Services community, export and customer services teams. He is one of SOS’s longest serving employees with over 20 years of experience in the manufacture, and assessment of custom mobility products.
Having joined the company at age 18, Mark has worked alongside company founder Gordon McQuilton MBE since the early years of the company’s formation.
Mark started as an engineering apprenticeship as part of the production team, responsible for the design, engineering and manufacture of SOS wheelchairs and seating. In 2000 Mark’s role developed to include clinical assessment of clients at NHS special seating clinics. Having built an excellent reputation for quality of assessment and results for clients and carers, Mark became Clinical Team Manager in 2012 and in 2016 Mark joined the board as Sales Director.
Mark plays an active role in the field with a number of seating clinics across the country for NHS Wheelchair Services.
Stuart Pegg, Production Director
Stuart has a background in technical and machine tool manufacture having previously been employed at Jet Blades as General Manager for seventeen years.
He joined SOS in 2005 as Production Engineer, and then after six months joined the R&D team to work with Gordon in the development of new products. He soon became R&D Manager. In 2012 he became Technical Manager for SOS to ensure that all of SOS products were technically compliant and of paramount quality.
In September 2014, Stuart was promoted to Operations Manager, responsible for all factory production and technical aspects of manufacture. In September 2016, to recognise Stuart’s talent and effort he became a Director of the company and is now Production Director. He continues to ensure the Factory operates at full steam, that manufacturing deadlines are met and that all technical aspects of SOS products are of the highest quality and technical compliance.
Emma Plested, Finance Manager
Emma joined SOS in 2016 and is responsible for finance team and admin hub. She ensures that day to day finances, including complete VAT returns and management accounts are completed correctly.
Emma has been working in finance since the age of 19. Starting out with a non-for Profit company in Derbyshire which focused on supporting the homeless and providing them with different types of accommodation. She has also worked in debt recovery and a sister company which focused on student lettings. Emma now has 8 years of experience in finance moving from an assistant level to management level.
Emma holds AAT qualifications levels 2- 4 and has been a member of the association of accounting technicians (MAAT) since 2014. She is currently studying towards a CIMA (Chartered institute of management accountants) qualification during the evening.
Thomas Jarvis, Marketing and Communications Manager
Thomas Jarvis is a design and digital marketing consultant with 7 years’ experience working across multiple design and marketing fields. With a background in Industrial Product Design, he tackles marketing projects with the same pragmatic approach.
Since 2011 Thomas has worked as a freelance design and digital marketing consultant from home, helping develop his skills and experience to a more advanced level.
After graduation from Loughborough University in 2012, Thomas worked as an industrial designer before joining SOS as a Digital Media Executive. Thomas modernised the outward facing image of the company including a new website, brochures and graphical style. He was also responsible for marketing and exhibition planning.
After a 2 year detour into the construction industry, Thomas re-joined SOS full-time in 2017 as a member of the senior management team.