Team Members

JRI Leadership Team

Frank Collins


Frank Collins joined JRI as our Chairman in April 2016, taking over from Brian Jones who retired after a long career at JRI including 6 years as Chairman.

“I feel proud and honoured to have been invited to take on the position of Chairman of JRI Orthopaedics Limited, a British company with such a deep-rooted commitment to quality”.

“The role of Chairman is extremely interesting, helping and supporting the executive team in the identification and fulfilment of the organisations strategic and tactical goals as well as ensuring that the company adheres to all aspects of good practice relating to governance, financial management, monitoring of performance and shareholder requirements”

Frank brings to JRI a wealth of experience in the medical devices and orthopaedic sector, having worked for most of his career at senior levels in UK based healthcare organisations. He also brings significant international experience drawn from his time overseeing divisions and companies in Australia, Germany, and France as well as managing commercial relationships with partners in many countries.

Frank now contributes to a number of businesses in a non-executive capacity, either through his various chairman roles or as a company adviser.

“My work is varied and stimulating and takes up most of my time and attention, but when I do relax I enjoy tending to our garden, going for runs and cycle rides around the lanes of the North Cotswolds or forgetting all the stresses of modern working life by going onto the ski slopes with family and friends”.

Frank has a range of qualifications including an MSc and MBA.

Stephen Ayres

Finance Director


As Finance Director, Stephen has overall control and responsibility for the financial aspects of the Company.

“JRI is investing heavily in its core capabilities and it’s depth of knowledge and experience of the Orthopaedic sector is enabling us to adopt a successful patient-led product strategy. This strategy, together with selectively increasing our sales activity in new market areas will continue to drive the business forward and deliver strong financial growth.”

After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in 1993 Stephen has gained a wealth of financial and general management experience supporting SME businesses deliver growth and operational improvements.

Stephen joined JRI as Finance Director and Company Secretary in February 2015. He previously held positions as Finance Director of Datong plc, an AIM listed technology group, Managing Director for the UK division of the international healthcare group Attendo AB and a number of senior financial and corporate finance roles within Rolls-Royce plc.

Jerry Agass

Chief Operating Officer

BSc (Hons) in Metallurgy; MBA

Jerry oversees all the manufacturing functions within JRI, he joined the company in 2010 and was invited to join the Board in 2015. As an experienced Plant Manager, Jerry has a strong manufacturing background. His career has spanned a wide range of industrial sectors working in medium sized organisations through to blue chip multi-national corporations. Throughout his career Jerry has gained a wealth of experience by initiating, developing and implementing organisational strategy that is always based on a strong customer driven philosophy.
Jerry has an excellent history of managing change with a particular emphasis on encouraging and implementing the principles of lean manufacturing.

“Continuous improvement must be at the heart of any manufacturing company that is serious about striving for, and achieving, World Class levels of performance.  A strong manufacturing organisation is essential and provides the foundation for JRI to grow and deliver the company vision, ensuring that patients and surgeons can be absolutely confident in the quality and craftsmanship of every product.  We are proud to use the “Made in Sheffield” Mark.

Sarah Harkness

Non-Executive Director

BA (Hons) Politics, Philosophy, Economics.

AT JRI, Sarah is a Non-Executive Director, and chairs the Audit, Risk and Policy Committee.

“I joined JRI because I was impressed by the energy and ambition of the management team, and would like to help them in the creation and launch of new products and entry into new markets at this key stage in the company’s development.”

Sarah spent over two decades in corporate finance, primarily advising small companies in Yorkshire and the North East. She then spent four years as a main board director of a specialist recruitment firm, before moving on to chair a family-owned publishing company.

Sarah has also served on a variety of not-for-profit boards, including the Sheffield Theatres Trust and the Eureka! Museum in Halifax. Her NHS experience has comprised non-executive roles at Rotherham Priority NHS Trust, NHS Yorkshire and the Humber Strategic Health Authority, and NHS North of England Strategic Health Authority.

Sarah is also currently a Council Member and Chair of Audit at the University of Sheffield and a Non-Executive Director and Chair of Audit at the NHS Trust Development Authority.