Executive Directors

Ian Page

Chief Executive Officer

Committee Membership: Disclosure (Chairman).

Skills and Experience: Ian has gained detailed knowledge and experience through various positions he has held within the pharmaceutical and veterinary arena. He has a solid understanding of business development both in the UK and globally. In particular, he has extensive experience in M&A and in the successful delivery of strategic plans.

Background: Ian joined NVS, Dechra's former services business, at its formation in 1989 and was an integral part of the management buyout in 1997, becoming its Managing Director in 1998. He joined the Board in 1997 and became Chief Executive Officer in 2001. Ian has played a key role in the development of the Group's growth strategy.

External Appointments: None.


Paul Sandland

Chief Financial Officer

Committee Membership: Disclosure.

Skills and Experience: Paul qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 2005. He spent five years post qualification at KPMG, during which time he was part of the team which advised the Group on its acquisition of VetXX in 2008.

Background: Paul joined Dechra in January 2010. Between 2012 and 2013 Paul was Acting Chief Financial Officer prior to becoming the Group's Dechra Veterinary Products EU Finance Director. He was the Group Financial Controller of Dechra and Finance Director of Dechra Laboratory Services and Dechra Specialist Laboratories between January 2010 and April 2015. Paul was appointed as Acting Chief Financial Officer on 3 April 2019, and was appointed as an Executive Director and permanent Chief Financial Officer of the Company on 30 October 2019.

External Appointments: None.


Tony Griffin

Managing Director, Dechra Veterinary Products EU

Committee Membership: Not applicable.

Skills and Experience: Tony has over 30 years' experience in the animal health business and has substantial international experience as a result of living and working outside the UK since 1993. He gained broad experience of running an international animal health business with teams in different European countries as Chief Executive Officer of the AUV Group. Tony is the Board nominated Director responsible for health, safety and environmental matters.

Background: Tony was appointed Managing Director of DVP EU in May 2012 following the acquisition of Eurovet Animal Health BV from AUV Holding B.V. He joined the AUV Group in 1993 as Director of Exports, having previously worked at Norbrook Laboratories and Moy Park. Tony was promoted to Managing Director of Eurovet in 1996, becoming the Chief Executive Officer of the AUV Group in 2006.

External Appointments: None.


Non-Executive Chairman

Tony Rice

Non-Executive Chairman

Committee Membership: Nomination (Chairman), Remuneration.

Skills and Experience: Tony has extensive board level experience across a range of sectors, including aerospace, healthcare, telecommunications and retail in both UK and international markets.

Background:Tony joined the Board in May 2016 and was appointed Chairman in October 2016. He served as Chief Executive Officer at Cable & Wireless and Tunstall Holdings, and prior to that held various roles at BAE Systems including Managing Director of Commercial Aircraft and Group Managing Director of Business Development. He has also served as a Non-Executive Director at Punch Taverns, Spirit Pub Company, Cable & Wireless, Telewest Communications and Saab Technologies, and Chairman of Alexander Mann Solutions.

External Appointments: Tony is currently the Senior Independent Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Remuneration Committee at Halma plc, and Chair at Ultra Electronics Holdings plc.

Pets: None.