The Senior Executive comprises Ian Page, Chief Executive Officer; the Chief Financial Officer; and Tony Griffin, Managing Director DVP EU; who are also part of the main Board, joined by Suzana Cross, General Counsel and Company Secretary; Dr Susan Longhofer, Regulatory Affairs and Business Development Group Director; Dr Anthony Lucas, Group Product Development Director; Mike Eldred, President North America; Greig Rooney, Group Manufacturing and Logistics Director; Allen Mellor, Group IT Director; Katy Clough, Group HR Director; and Giles Coley, Marketing Director DVP EU.
Susan joined the Group in June 2005. A veterinarian with over 26 years' experience in the industry, she leads a team of approximately 30 staff around the globe responsible for registering new products and maintaining the registrations of our existing products. She has recently assumed a Business Development role searching out new products to continue to fill our product development pipeline. Prior to joining Dechra, Susan worked for Virbac Corporation, Heska Corporation and Merck Research Laboratories. Susan holds an MS and a DVM in Veterinary Science and is a Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. She is located in Kansas, US.
Anthony joined Dechra in 2016 from Putney Inc. where he was Senior Vice President of R&D. Anthony is originally a veterinarian from Australia with five years in clinical practice including a residency in emergency and critical care. Following a Masters in veterinary pharmacology, PhD in human pharmacology and post-doc at the University of Kansas, he spent six years at Elanco in early drug development, technology acquisition and as a Six Sigma black belt. In his six years at Putney, Anthony built the R&D team, which delivered 10 FDA product approvals.
As the Group Product Development Director, Anthony leads a team of 50 scientists across five global research centres, to efficiently deliver the pipeline of products to meet Dechra’s growth needs. He is located in Maine, USA.
Mike joined in Dechra in 2004 and is responsible for Dechra Veterinary Products' North American business. Mike has more than 20 years' experience in the animal health sector, having held senior positions in business development, sales and operations at Virbac Corporation, Fort Dodge Animal Health and Sanofi Animal Health. As our first employee in the US, he has built the US team to 54 people and with a strong Dechra culture has grown sales revenue to £21 million. Mike has also been involved in several commercial agreements and acquisitions for the Group including Pharmaderm, DermaPet and Phycox Animal Health. Mike has a BA in Business, and an MBA. He is located in Kansas, US.
Greig joined Dechra in 2016. He has 20 years of experience working in a variety of roles within the Pharmaceutical and Fast Moving Consumer Good industries.
Greig started his career with GSK in 1998 on their Graduate Management Training scheme. He worked in various Supply Chain roles and spent six years outside of GSK working as a lean consultant in the motor industry supply chain and also ran the Bakery Operations for Greggs PLC in Birmingham.
Prior to joining Dechra Greig worked as the Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient Lifecycle Transformation Director, responsible for the execution of GSK’s Strategy within the Pharmaceutical Business.
As the Group Manufacturing and Logistics Director, Greig is responsible for approximately 33% of Dechra’s workforce across four manufacturing sites and main Distribution Service Centre in Europe namely Bladel, the Netherlands; Genera, Croatia; Melbourne, USA; Skipton, UK; and Uldum, Denmark.
Greig holds a BSc (Hons) in Science and Management Studies. He is located in Northwich, UK.
Allen joined the Dechra in April 2012 and has developed and implemented a new Group IT strategy during this time. During the last 20 years, Allen has gained a breadth of experience from the implementation of diverse business solutions across multiple industry sectors including Justice, Education, Energy, Distribution and Retail. Having held several senior management positions encompassing software development, IT service provision and IT departmental management, his last role was as Head of IT for the BSS Group PLC, a leading plumbing and heating distribution company. Allen is currently responsible for all group IT support to a multitude of internal customers. He is located at Head Office, Northwich, UK.
Katy joined in April 2014 from AppSense Ltd where she was the Vice President of HR Europe and Rest of the World. With over 15 years operating at Director level within Software, Health, Travel and Finance industries, Katy brings with her a wealth of HR expertise gained in both blue chip corporates and smaller entrepreneurial companies. She has strong international, leadership and M&A experience and has taken responsibility for driving the global people agenda for the Dechra Group. She is located at Head Office, Northwich, UK.
Giles joined Dechra in January 1999 as sales and marketing manager for Arnolds Veterinary Products having previously spent 14 years primarily involved in dairy farming business consultancy. During his time at Dechra he has been responsible for the launch and market development of our leading brand Vetoryl, as well as a number of our other key brands. Giles has also been an integral member of the teams that ensured fast and smooth integrations of several of our acquisitions and in particular as lead in the integration of Apex in 2016. In his role of Rest of World (RoW) Group Director, his responsibilities are extremely varied and involve managing and growing our existing business through Apex and distribution partners, as well as further developing our RoW strategy through product registrations and market development. Giles has a BSc degree in Agricultural Technology. He is located in Shrewsbury, UK.
Suzana joined Dechra in November 2015, prior to her appointment she was General Counsel and Company Secretary for Victrex plc for three and half years, General Counsel and Company Secretary for Speedy Hire plc for three years and Senior Legal Adviser at United Utilities Group PLC for five years. Suzana has a corporate and commercial law background having worked as a corporate lawyer at Herbert Smith in London and at DLA Phillips Fox in Sydney, Australia. Suzana is responsible for Group Legal and Company Secretariat. She is located at Head Office, Northwich, UK.