Ishbel Macpherson

Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

Committee Membership: Audit, Nomination, Remuneration (Chairman).

Skills and Experience: Ishbel has a broad range of PLC Board experience in a variety of roles, including Chairman, Audit Committee and Remuneration Committee Chairman. She has knowledge and understanding of City matters gained over 20 years' experience as an investment banker, specialising in UK mid-market corporate finance.

Background: Ishbel joined the Group as a Non-Executive Director in February 2013. Prior to this she was Head of UK Emerging Companies Corporate Finance at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson from 1999 to 2005, having previously worked at Hoare Govett and Barclays de Zoete Wedd.

External Appointments: Ishbel is Non-Executive Director at Lloyd's Register Group Limited.


Julian Heslop

Non-Executive Director

Committee Membership: Audit (Chairman), Nomination, Remuneration.

Skills and Experience: Julian has considerable financial experience as a result of the senior finance roles he has held in the pharmaceutical, food, property and brewing sectors over the last 30 years.

Background: Julian joined the Board in January 2013. He served as Chief Financial Officer of GlaxoSmithKline PLC (GSK) between 2005 and 2011, having previously been appointed its Senior Vice President, Operations Controller between 2001 and 2005, and as Financial Controller of Glaxo Wellcome PLC between 1998 and 2000. Prior to this, Julian held senior finance roles at Grand Metropolitan PLC and Imperial Brewing and Leisure. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

External Appointments: None.


Dr Lawson Macartney

Non-Executive Director

Committee Membership: Audit, Nomination and Remuneration.

Skills and Experience: Lawson is a veterinarian, with over 30 years experience in a range of senior roles in pharmaceutical R&D, sales and marketing, as well as spending several years in veterinary practices.

Background: Lawson joined the Board in December 2016. He was Chief Executive Officer of Ambrx Inc. between 2013 and 2015, and prior to that led emerging business for Shire PLC. Lawson was with GSK from 1999 to 2011. His final role at GSK was to lead the strategic marketing, outcomes and reimbursement, project management and portfolio teams. Lawson also has a PhD in viral pathobiology and is a pathologist, holding Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists as well as Membership of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

External Appointments: He is the Chairman of Viking Therapeutics Inc. as well as the Chairman of the Nomination and Corporate Governance Committees.


Lisa Bright

Employee Designated Non-Executive Director

Committee Membership: Audit, Nomination and Remuneration.

Skills and Experience: Lisa has strategic and operational leadership experience in global market leading pharmaceutical and emerging biotech companies gained over her 30 year career in the industry.

Background: Lisa joined the Board in February 2019. She is currently President International, and previously Chief Commercial and Corporate Affairs Officer of Intercept Pharmaceuticals, Inc, a global pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialisation of novel therapeutics. Prior to this, Lisa held various Vice President roles at Gilead Sciences, Inc and GlaxoSmithKline plc, in Regional General Management, Government Affairs, and sales and marketing.

External Appointments: Lisa is also a Non-Executive Director at Ascendis Pharma A/S.


Alison Platt

Non-Executive Director

Committee Membership: Audit, Nomination and Remuneration.

Skills and Experience: Alison has extensive international and leadership experience in customer-driven organisations in the healthcare, insurance and property sectors.

Background: Alison joined the Board in March 2020. She was the CEO of Countrywide between 2014 and 2018. Prior to this Alison held various international positions at Bupa (1993 to 2014). She was Chair of Opportunity Now between 2010 and 2012 and a Non-Executive Director at Cable and Wireless Communications PLC between 2012 and 2016. Alison was awarded a CMG for services to the Foreign Office in 2011 after six years on the FCO Board.

External Appointments: Alison is a Non-Executive Director at Tesco PLC, Chair of Legal & General Financial Advice and member of the Hampton-Alexander Review steering group.

Pets: None.