Simple Online Healthcare grows revenue by 50 per cent to £14.5m and eyes UK and international expansion

Left to right are Shane Corstorphine, Addy Mohammed and Michael Hope of Simple Online Healthcare (Photo by Stewart Attwood)

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 SIMPLE Online Healthcare, the online pharmacy specialist, has appointed two former senior Skyscanner executives to its board as the company puts plans in place for further expansion in the UK and internationally.  

Former Skyscanner executives Shane Corstorphine and Jules Pancholi have been appointed Non-executive Directors.  

Founded by Addy Mohammed and Karim Nassar in Glasgow in 2015, Simple Online Healthcare offers a free online NHS England prescription delivery service, an online pharmacy store, and online doctor services in the UK and Australia.  Simple Online has seen sustained growth, growing revenue by approximately 50 per cent in the last financial year (year to 28th February 2022) to £14.5 million, and is on track for revenue in excess of £20 million in the current year.  In line with the company’s expansion, headcount has more than doubled over the past 15 months from 32 to 70.

Shane Corstorphine, who is also a Non-executive Director with social enterprise Brewgooder, began his career at PwC before taking up senior roles at Royal Bank of Scotland and Barclays. He joined Skyscanner as chief financial officer (CFO) in 2012, going on to be GM for the Americas, and SVP of Growth globally.  Corstorphine was instrumental in Skyscanner’s growth, supporting the travel search site in attaining the number one market position worldwide, a series of investment rounds including Sequoia Capital’s backing in 2013 and Ctrip’s £1.4 billion acquisition of the company in November 2016.

Shane Corstorphine, Non-executive Director, Simple Healthcare, said: “Digital healthcare is one of the most dynamic sectors around, Addy and Karim have built a business with the potential to grow even more rapidly both here in the UK and in other territories, and Jules and I look forward to advising on strategic growth as the business makes a step up to the next level.”   

In addition to his role at Skyscanner, Jules Pancholi, who began his career as a commodity options trader at Credit Suisse, was part of the executive team that oversaw the travel search site’s international growth and expansion.  Serial entrepreneur Pancholi’s career to date includes the chief operating officer (COO) role at venture capital-backed social shopping guide Dooyoo, which was acquired by France’s LeGuide in 2008, President of Ultra Health Technologies in New York, Chairman of marketing network Nixxie, managing director of Nitro Ventures, and co-founder of Estimo Technologies.  His other Non-executive Director appointments include easyStorage, and Ten Lifestyle Group.  

As one of the leading online pharmacy companies in the UK, Simple Online Healthcare offers both NHS and private doctor services to patients nationwide.  The company has invested significantly in its technology over the last two years, with a strong focus on patient care.  The company also has a number of physical pharmacies across the UK, and is growing rapidly in Australia.  

Addy Mohammed, co-founder of Simple Online Healthcare, said: “While our primary focus is currently around the UK and Australian markets, we have a European acquisition in the pipeline which we hope to announce over the next couple of months.” 

“Getting Shane and Jules on board to help guide us through our next phase of growth will be invaluable.  They join at an exciting time for the company and the online healthcare market in general.  The breadth of experience both bring will help us to further our ambition to deliver a world-class service to patients in the UK, Europe, and beyond.”

Simple Online Health also recently appointed a Head of Finance, transaction services specialist Michael Hope, who joined Simple Online after a decade with global accountancy group PwC.

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