Donald Smith, managing director,
The LiceComb Engineering team is led by managing director Donald Smith, a widely experienced engineer with extensive knowledge of precision manufacturing and outsourcing and an acknowledged authority on head lice products.
He holds a BSc (Hons) degree in engineering and after graduating worked in wider industry before joining specialist manufacturer Albyn Ltd in 1984. Here he spent 14 years on the production side of the business, gaining experience in all aspects of injection moulding, pin insertion, assembly, printing, packaging, MRP, and logistics.
While still retaining responsibility for Albyn's production, Donald moved into sales and helped grow the company's lice comb business to the point where it was supplying many of the world's leading pharmaceutical concerns. He became managing director in 1998.
Following a strategic review, Donald managed the outsourcing of Albyn's production in 2002, drawing on his engineering background to select, develop, and control the most advantageous supply process.
In 2009 Donald set up his own business supplying head lice combs and The Health and Beauty Company was formed in May that year.
The business grew rapidly, supplying many of the world's leading head lice brands, and in Q4 2011 — and following extensive customer research — the company was rebranded as LiceComb Engineering.
Donald has for many years been asked by clients to present on global industry developments, and in this capacity increasingly recognised that researchers, product managers, and buyers in the head lice industry needed their own dedicated news and information resource to spot emerging opportunities and trends.
In 2001, he responded by creating www.pediculosis.com, which is still the only specialist website of its kind bringing together in one place news of head lice product launches, research, clinical trials, regulatory issues, and corporate updates.