About

Our vision is to create a world where every wheelchair user feels comfortable and in control of their temperature.

The WheelAir system is the first temperature control system designed to fit any wheelchair. It disperses air evenly across the seat surface lower your core temperature, keeping the skin dry and clean. This helps to avoid symptoms caused by overheating and over sweating, allowing you to stay comfortable and in control.

BRAND STORY

Where did the idea come from?

The very first WheelAir was brought to life in 2015 by our Managing Director, Corien Staels, as her final university project during her textiles degree. Her university tutor, who was a wheelchair user, had told Corien of the problems associated with overheating. Corien thought… why don’t I solve that?

Looking into the issue of overheating further, Corien learned that overheating in a wheelchair is not only very uncomfortable, but also potentially dangerous. She learned that people were using ice-packs and water sprays to keep cool. It seemed ridiculous to her that in this day and age, there wasn’t a technological solution.

So, she came up with the WheelAir concept. A simple idea that has already made a lot of impact. The WheelAir system is designed to remove excess heat and moisture from the backs of wheelchair users and cool their core temperature. Not only this, the team is working hard to build a stylish brand that wheelchair users can relate to. The WheelAir has been described as ‘a breath of fresh air’ in the industry. Best of all, the WheelAir is already changing lives. One user, Jay, told us when she first tried the WheelAir that it was the first time in 20 years that she had been able to sit it in the sun without overheating. A momentous moment for both Jay and us.

 

Where WheelAir is Made  

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OUR FOUNDER

Behind the idea and vision

Corien Staels

WheelAir Founder and Managing Director

Corien started her journey in fashion and business but took a turn and suddenly found herself in the mobility industry. She started WheelAir while studying her Masters in Glasgow and has worked tirelessly since, winning many prizes and awards along the way.

OUR TEAM

Our expertise and experience

CORIEN STAELS

Corien Staels

Managing Director

Since learning about the challenges some wheelchair users experience with overheating and over sweating, Corien has been on a mission to make overheating and over sweating a thing of the past. Nothing motivates her more than hearing about how much of a positive impact WheelAir has had on someone's life.

WheelAir Team Photo Kayla Andrews

Kayla Andrews

Marketing Manager

Kayla has a degree in Business & Management. Her focus is to spread awareness about overheating, over sweating, and microclimate management and how WheelAir can provide an effective solution for wheelchair users.

Niels Kerkhoff

Operations Manager

With 15 years of experience in operational roles in Telecom and Logistics, Niels is developing a Quality Management System, distribution, and supply chain configuration to strengthen WheelAir’s expansion. Niels' expertise will help WheelAir progress into the exciting next phase of growth.

Nienke Conijn

Clinical Coordinator

Nienke has a bachelor degree in Medicine and is currently finishing a Research Masters in Clinical Epidemiology at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. She personally experiences the every day benefits of using a WheelAir, and is excited contribute to WheelAir’s growth. With her clinical knowledge and research background she will focus on gathering more clinical data for WheelAir products and provide educational material about heat, moisture, and the benefits of WheelAir.

Neill Bo Finlayson

Outreach & Communications Coordinator

Neill Bo is currently studying a Masters in Communication Science in Amsterdam. He graduated with a degree in Law and Politics before embarking on a career in journalism in which he worked at various regional and national news titles in Scotland.

Charline Leclerc

International Business Development Intern

A final year Masters student at IAE Caen University School of Management studying International Trade Development, Charline is focused on understanding international markets and identifying opportunities for partnerships to bring WheelAir to wheelchair users around the world.

Carter Hall

Health Economics and Outcomes Research Intern

With a bachelors degree from Kansas State University and currently pursuing a Masters in Health Economics and Management at the Erasmus University, Carter is focused on UK market accesses and HEOR. He is interested in national adoption and reimbursement criteria for WheelAir.

Bradley Sugden

Health Economics and Outcomes Research Intern

Following graduation from the University of Sheffield, Bradley is currently at Erasmus University Rotterdam studying a European Masters in Health Economics and Management. His focus with WheelAir is on health economics and outcomes research, as well as market access.

ALBERT NICHOLL

Albert Nicholl

Chairman

A senior business leader within the Life Science and MedTech sector, having led successful businesses such as Orthofix and Stryker. He remains focused on delivering improved healthcare outcomes to people by mentoring and supporting entrepreneurial individuals.

BERNARD DEGROUX

Bernard Degroux

Non-Executive Director

Husband and father, Bernard loves to work with people, ideas and innovation. Former CEO of FMCG and currently a headhunter, he believes WheelAir is so much more than a big idea or a blast of freshness: it is your “back-up daily friend”.

SAFFIER BRULL

Saffier Brull

Non-Executive Director

As CEO of Skylla Europe, producer for several key wheelchair manufacturers, Saffier has become an expert in medical textile manufacturing and supply chain management, which is invaluable to a startup like WheelAir.

BRAND AMBASSADORS

The faces of WheelAir

WheelAir Shoot in Garden, Notting Hill, London with Samanta
"WheelAir will be a game-changer for wheelchair users. I turn it on before I get warm so I am in control of my temperature."

Samanta Bullock

Model, athlete and entrepreneur

Originally from Brazil, Samanta is a former Paralympic tennis player – she is now a model, influencer and entrepreneur living in London. Working as an advocate for inclusion within the fashion industry, Samanta has decided to join forces with some of the most innovative emerging designers to develop her brand, ‘SB’. She was keen to become a WheelAir ambassador because she loves the product and believes in our ethical and inclusive values.
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"I find overheating very, very uncomfortable. It’s also very hard to control. It limits what I can do – if it’s a hot day for instance, I’ve got to watch I don’t sit in the sun for too long or don’t do anything too excessive. I have to make sure I keep in the shade. It’s really tiring – not just because it exhausts my body, but because I’m constantly having to think about it. The WheelAir has been great not just for when I'm playing sport, but in everyday life too"

Michael Kerr

WheelAir Ambassador & Paralympic Wheelchair Rugby Player

Michael took up wheelchair rugby after breaking his neck in a swimming pool aged 17. He was selected to represent Great Britain at two Paralympics and three European Championships and captained team GB at the World Championships in 2014.
Read Michael's case study

OUR PROS

The community of WheelAir

SOPHIE BEVAN

Sophie Bevan

Student Service Office and Adventure Seeker

GILLIAN JONES

Gillian Jones

Talented nautical, military and landscape artist

DANIEL RYAN

Daniel Ryan

Tattoo artist and camping lover

RACHEL BROXTON

Rachel Broxton

Music and sport lover

Does WheelAir make a difference?

How does WheelAir impact users?

“I use to have to drink lots and lots of water because of overheating. Now with WheelAir, I no longer need to worry about that.”

Jay Anderson

Professional Athlete & Sports Coach

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