Our Chairman & Founder - Derek Coates

Derek Coates founded Healthspan in 1996 with just 6 products and a firm focus on quality, value for money and unsurpassed customer service.

Having grown up in Guernsey himself, Derek’s beliefs are the foundation for Healthspan’s core values of positive thinking, healthy eating and an active lifestyle. The Channel Islands way of life, all influenced these three values as did Derek’s childhood, which was heavily influenced by the sea, nature and the marine environment. This is consistently reflected by Derek’s unapologetic attitude when it comes to supporting the Bailiwick of Guernsey as well as truly having the Channel Island’s best interests at heart.

Derek’s extensive marketing experience was born out of two books that captured his imagination; Blue Sky Thinking by Igor Ansoff and The Age of Discontinuity by Peter Drucker. Both appealed to Derek’s lateral creative side and led him to enroll at Warwick University on a post-graduate MBA in business administration to study marketing.

A combination of this love of marketing coupled with a long-held belief that the quality of health in your lifetime, could be influenced by adopting positive nutrition into the diet, were the starting point of the Healthspan journey. It was an advert about omega 3 that first focused his thinking by describing the role of fatty acids in maintaining a healthy heart - a relatively new concept back then. This initial appreciation of the benefits of supplementation was key to the creation of the initial Healthspan range.

Healthspan now sells over 200 products and that number stands to increase. Staff thrive off of a passion for health and this is relayed not only through continuous product development but also through the Healthspan way of life; Eat Healthily, Stay Active and Be Positive. The company’s sponsorship and involvement in local events such as the Guernsey marathon, have long since reflected these beliefs and more recent relationships with organisations such as Parkrun are an ongoing reminder of Healthspan’s unwavering faith in good health and wellbeing.

What really shines through when it comes to Derek, though, is his influence throughout Healthspan that shapes the business just as much now as it did over twenty years ago.

A Word About Our History From Our Founder

“When I founded Healthspan back in 1996, I wanted to share my passion for nutrition and provide our customers with the very best supplements, sourced from the finest natural ingredients. Over 20 years on, I am proud to say our ethos remains the same.

The last 20 years have seen significant advancements in the world of health and nutrition, and I am proud to say that as the UKs number 1 direct vitamin brand, we’ve been at the forefront of many of these developments. Not only were we one of the first companies to ensure all our products were produced to Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) standards, we have led the way in product innovation. From producing the purest cod liver oil available, as supported by an independent study in 2003, to creating the first allergen-free glucosamine, we have worked extensively with leading experts to develop the best nutritional supplements, including the widest range of bio-available (i.e. easily-absorbed) omega 3.

Healthspan House

Healthspan’s customer service will always remain paramount: Based in Gosport (on the south coast of England) our skilled and experienced customer contact team are available to answer your queries via telephone, email or post – be they related to our products or our services.

On that note, we understand that the process of delivering your order is just as important as the products you receive – which is why we’ve developed our award-winning letterbox-friendly packaging to save you from unnecessary trips to the post office. Furthermore, FREE UK delivery ensures great value on every order you make – regardless of how much you spend.” - Derek Coates.

Our Home

A story about our history wouldn’t be complete without us telling you about the home (and heart) of our headquarters…

Sitting self-assuredly and slap-bang in the middle of one of the main arteries leading in and out of the busy hub of St Peter Port, Healthspan House is a familiar sight to the 65,000 residents of Guernsey.

Guernsey is the second largest of the Channel Islands and despite being much closer to France than to England, the Channel Islands are considered British (albeit true Guerns have a fierce independent streak – Guernsey locals are nicknamed “Donkeys” which hints at this stubbornness). Healthspan is proud to be a top employer locally and whilst we have a number of staff from as far flung a place as Argentina, France, New Zealand…and even Alderney (!), we have a large drove of Guernsey Donkeys in the proverbial Healthspan stable. With views like we get from our office (see pic) you can’t blame us for loving being able to call this rock home.



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