We place one of our members under the microscope and find out more about some of the region’s major players.

Dr Sam Whitehouse

A diagnostic in the hand is worth … Dr Sam Whitehouse was firmly ensconced in business development, managing a large portfolio of academic-industry biotech collaborations and UK government grant portfolios, when a personal crisis forced him to change his priorities and rethink his career. The move led to his involvement in creating the world’s first […]

Philip Aldridge

Anyone seen my comfort zone? A quick look at Philip’s professional biography highlights expertise and experience across various industries, countries, studies and careers. A deeper look reveals a [...]

Edward Twiddy

Go North East, young man Edward Twiddy’s apparently unexpected veer in career path last year – from the halls of London’s Treasury as deputy director of Local Government and Regions, sharp [...]

Nigel Perry

One giant step for man… Chartered Engineer Nigel Perry has spent 30 years’ in the global Process Industry. More than 20 of these were with ICI, including working in Asia, Europe and the US. [...]

Jane Sullivan

Shooting for the moon Who better to teach Vocational Science than a self-confessed “all-round geek” with a life-long love of learning, thoughts of being cryogenically preserved, the [...]

Geoff Davison

Now is the time There is wave-like a pattern of devolving and merging in Geoff Davison’s career, rather like the ebb and flow of the waters he loves to windsurf on. In 2011, Geoff Davison [...]

Ian Mains

A passion for skills Listening to Ian speak about his role as Commercial Director of the National Skills Academy Process Industries (the Academy), you get the feeling of someone really being ‘at [...]

Jeff Errington

View from the top Despite practising in what he terms as ‘a slightly unfashionable area’, Jeff Errington – and his seminal work in bacterial cell biology – has been recognised [...]

Jim Malloy

Leveraging the ‘Clever Stuff’ – Jim Malloy joined Tyne and Wear Development Company (TWDC) from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) owned Defence Diversification Agency. There he was responsible [...]

Philip Jones

The Business of People. For someone who’s never lived in North East England, Phil sure is a fan of the area. He’s been heavily involved in its growth and development for many years during his [...]

Joanna Woolf

Lone Woolf. There are lots of routes to success. Quite aptly, Joanna Woolf, CEO of Cogent and with a background of more than 20 years in industry, including Oil and Gas and Chemicals, took an [...]

Dennis Lendrem

Well, why not? Dennis Lendrem thinks differently from most people. He takes accepted theories and approaches them from behind. Or upside down. Or even back to front. If accepted wisdom is that [...]

David Simpson

Making your own luck It’s been a bit of a whirlwind for University of Bath spinout company Glythera. A year ago it had great technology but was in a holding position whilst raising the investment [...]

Jarrett Palmer

Leaning Towards Success. Originally a University of Northumbria graduate, Jarrett Palmer has worked extensively around the world, training in and implementing Lean principles. Jarrett was wooed [...]

Malcolm Young

Young Gun. Currently CE of e-Therapeutics – a publicly owned business and pioneer of network pharmacology – Professor Malcolm Young has previously been prominent in academia and started his own [...]

Sally Old

A Study in Ambition. Sally Old has progressed from junior bench scientist to senior management, along the way unwittingly carving out a niche as being one of the few women to reach head of [...]

Dale Athey

Over hill and Dale. The founder of two leading science and technology companies based in Newcastle, but in bed with a Japanese electronics company and working globally – again – Dale Athey rarely [...]

Sharon Griffiths

That Something Special. Reliably and consistently manufacturing and delivering unlicensed medicines (Specials) to pharmacists across the UK in just 24 hours sets The Specials Lab apart. From [...]

Dr John Lough

A Life’s Passion. Over 20 years ago, John Lough arrived at the University of Sunderland in the North East from Beecham Pharmaceuticals, intent on carrying out academic research into [...]

Aidan Walker

The Future is in Site. Aidan Walker PiramalWhen Piramal acquired the Morpeth, Northumberland site from Pfizer in 2006, Aidan Walker became site head. With the title came the responsibility of [...]

Martin Inskip

A Time to Plant. Employing almost 400 people and supplying 90 countries worldwide, the MSD Cramlington site is one of Merck Sharp & Dohme’s (MSD) key tablet manufacturing and packaging [...]

Prof Graham Sandford

Baby Steps, Giant Leaps. Having only been formed in 2011, Brock Fine Chemicals is the new name on the regional scene. Nevertheless, its technology has been proven over the last few years, its [...]

John Edwards

Analysing Success. From a staff of three for more than 20 years, to ten since the beginning of the year and a projected 15 in the next few months, John Edwards tells us why the recession is good [...]

Nigel Parkinson

One Fine Way. Fine Contract Research is a new company based in the North East of England and part of the Fine Industries Limited group.  Fine Industries is a privately-owned UK-based holding [...]

Dr Stan Higgins

The Process of Teamwork. NEPIC represents 30% of the industrial economy of the North East of England and its members produce over half the ~£12 billion exports of this region, which itself is the [...]

Prof Stefan Przyborski

Hard Cell. When Prof Stefan Przyborski started ReInnervate, a spin-out company from his employer, Durham University, he realised that he’d have to become a salesman, too. The products? Cell [...]

Paul Quigley

Money is no Longer the Only Currency. With current thinking suggesting that traditional reward structures are no longer appropriate as they encourage myopic thinking, Paul Quigley demonstrates [...]

Dianne Sharpe

Making a Point. Dianne Sharpe, managing director of Northumberland-based SCM Pharma, on the importance of SMEs, skilled staff and building stock within the region. It is widely held that a [...]

Roland Jurke

Strength in Numbers. Q. Why is this project important for the Pharma sector in the NE? A. The pharma sector has a long history in the North East, and is the source of a great deal of employment [...]

Michael Whitaker

Championing our Cause. Michael Whitaker, Professor of Physiology and Dean of Development in the Faculty of Medical Sciences at Newcastle, recently accepted the inaugural post of Sector Champion [...]

Rob Storey

Training to Get Future Fit. Rob Storey, Business Development Manager within the School of Applied Science & Technology at Newcastle College, on the college’s perspective of the challenges and [...]

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