The Senior Executive Team comprises Ian Page, Chief Executive Officer; Richard Cotton, the Chief Financial Officer; and Tony Griffin, Managing Director DVP EU; who are also part of the main Board, joined by Dr Susan Longhofer, Business Development and Regulatory Affairs Group Director; Dr Anthony Lucas, Group Product Development Director; Mike Eldred, President North America; Allen Mellor, Group IT Director; Katy Clough, Group HR Director; Giles Coley, Dechra Veterinary Products International Group Director; Simon Francis, Group Manufacturing and Supply Director and Melanie Hall, Company Secretary.
Susan joined the Group in June 2005. A veterinarian with over 26 years' experience in the industry, she leads a team of approximately 50 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, USA.
Anthony joined Dechra in 2016 following the acquisition of 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 ten 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 and Canadian team to 169 people and with a strong Dechra culture has grown sales revenue to £148.4 million. Mike has also been involved in several commercial agreements and acquisitions for the Group including Pharmaderm, DermaPet, Phycox Animal Health and Putney. Mike has a BA in Business, and an MBA. He is located in Kansas, USA.
Allen joined Dechra in April 2012 and has developed and implemented the 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 Dechra Veterinary Products International 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 Dechra International strategy through product registrations and market development. Giles has a BSc degree in Agricultural Technology. He is located in Sansaw, UK.
Simon joined Dechra in 2019. He has over 20 years of experience working in a variety of challenging and senior roles within the Pharmaceutical industry.
Simon started his career with Bayer Pharmaceuticals in Quality Control (QC) after completing a chemistry degree at Swansea University. He continued to take on a variety of roles within quality, supply chain, production and other operational roles within pharmaceutical companies (Patheon and Boehringer Ingelheim) across sites in the UK, before moving to China for five years to take up the site head role with Boehringer Ingelheim in Shanghai.
This was followed by a move to the Boehringer Ingelheim headquarters in Germany, before taking on the Managing Director/Site Head role for Sandoz (Novartis) covering three generic manufacturing sites based out of Magdeburg, Germany. For the last two years, Simon has been based in Switzerland as the Head of Strategy Global Solids for Novartis and as part of the Senior Executive Team, responsible for product strategy, supply chain and product lifecycle across 35 manufacturing sites.
Within these roles Simon has also led significant strategic projects around M & A, global ERP implementations, tech transfers and site transformations.
As the Group Manufacturing and Supply Director, Simon is responsible for people across our manufacturing sites in Europe namely Bladel, the Netherlands; Zagreb, Croatia; Melbourne, USA; and Skipton, UK.
Simon is located in Northwich, UK
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Melanie joined Dechra in January 2010 as the Assistant Company Secretary, and was promoted to Deputy Company Secretary in May 2015 and Company Secretary in July 2017. Prior to joining Dechra she has gained over 25 years’ experience in various company secretarial roles including at GKN plc, TRW Automotive Inc and Pendragon PLC. Melanie is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. She is located at Head Office, Northwich, UK.