About Steve Dechan
Born in Scotland and raised in Glasgow, Steve Dechan learned the values of customer service, retail, and hard work from a young age. Steve’s early life saw him work in sales, insurance, and later commercial banking.
Steve’s first venture into his own business was establishing the UK’s 2nd largest student and travel insurer, which he later sold. Following a break, he then took his first steps into the medical world by investing in a start-up urology business. This was his first exposure to medical devices and offered him the chance to develop experience across distribution, IP deals and working as a medical rep. It also offered a unique chance to understand clinical settings and the relationships between patients, clinicians, and industry.
Following this period Steve then build up his career in medical devices in several companies, working with products in the vascular and radiology space, across international settings. During this period Steve found a particular passion for distribution, and sought to understand further the way medical device distribution was run in the UK and how the system could be improved.
In 2012 the ground work paid off and Steve founded his own distributor business: Platform14. After securing his first deal, Steve expanded the company’s remit and began to focus on distributing pain management technologies. 2020 saw Steve’s company acquire a share in BioWave USA, the makers of BioWave (a pain management device) which is currently under application for a CE mark. Steve’s passion to improve the lives of people suffering in pain continues to drive this area of the business, and makes him optimistic for changes in the area of pain management in the years to come.
In 2020 Steve and Platform14 stepped up to assist the NHS during the COVID-19 crisis in the UK, bringing his and the companies specialist experience in distribution to secure the delivery of millions of PPE face shields and gowns which are being used on the frontline, including in vaccination centres.
Outside of his business ventures, Steve also spent time as a local councillor in Stroud from 2017-2020 and has dedicated time towards establishing the district’s first ever Chamber of Commerce, with support from both the UK and West Chambers.
Steve was born in the Scottish Borders, before making the decision to move Southwest 30 years ago and has since resided in central Stroud, Gloucestershire, where now he lives with his wife and children.
Outside of work and politics, Steve has volunteered at Stroud Rugby, where he worked hard to raise funds to improve new club facilities through sponsorship and commercial work. Additionally, he has stood in position as Special Constable for six years in the Devon and Cornwall Police force to serve on behalf of the local community. Steve is also Chairman of the Stroud Business Voice Group.
Former Conservative councillor, Steve Dechan, turned businessman is the owner of Gloucestershire-based Platform-14, a leading industry supplier specialising in medical devices for those suffering with chronic pain difficulties.
Prior to his work at Platform-14, Steve held senior positions in the financial service industry, including marketing, sales and acting as managing director. Since, he has built up over 15 years experience working specifically in medical devices including products directed at interventional cardiology, urology and radiology.
Steve is committed in leading Platform-14 towards becoming world leader in pain management.