Senior Management Team

Ashok Patel

Executive Chairman

Ashok founded IPS Specials in 2001 and held the position of Managing Director until 2012. He then became the Deputy Chairman and now, as the Executive Chairman of IPS Specials, Ashok concentrates on top-level innovation to grow and develop the business, whilst ensuring family values are maintained for staff and customers alike.

In 1984, Ashok entered the wholesale market and continued Pharmaceutical Wholesaling until 2007 under Herisse Ltd and then Elite Pharma Surrey Ltd from 2008 onward.  A keen entrepreneur, Ashok has a proven track record in identifying, investing and growing business within the pharmaceutical sector.

Bela Patel

Operations Director

Bela joined IPS in 2009 to drive its Operations forward. Bela ensures that the management and organisation of customer service, the manufacturing units, warehouse, procurement and compliance teams, is performed in alignment to the company’s vision . Under her leadership, IPS Specials has implemented a new fully integrated Business Management System, streamlining processes and maintaining customer focus.

Bela is a Pharmacist by profession and brings a wealth of experience gained through a long and successful career in the pharmaceutical sector. Her experience in Operations was gained, while heading operations at an ISO accredited Nutraceutical company, Vega Nutritionals, where she worked for 11 years.

Nick Gretton


Nick graduated with a Maths degree at Oxford University and studied for his Chartered Accountancy at Ernst & Young and Longcrofts. As a highly experienced and commercially minded individual with good technology sector knowledge, Nick worked as Finance Director for 19 years in various companies and charities with a number of businesses in M&A situations and AIM Floats.


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