Senior Executive Team

The Senior Executive Team comprises:


Ian joined NVS, Dechra’s former services business, at its formation in 1989, 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.

Skills and Experience

Ian has a detailed knowledge and experience through various positions he has held within the pharmaceutical and veterinary arena. He has extensive experience in M&A and in the successful delivery of strategic plans. Ian has a breadth of business development experience both in the UK and globally.

Key External Appointments



Paul 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. Paul joined Dechra in January 2010 as the Group Financial Controller. Paul was appointed as an Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer of the Company on 30 October 2019.

Skills and Experience

Paul is a Chartered Certified Accountant. Paul is the Board Director responsible for Health and Safety and ESG matters. Paul has strong technical, strategic and commercial skills and has demonstrated a practical understanding of all parts of the Group.

Key External Appointments


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 Chartered Governance Institute. Melanie is responsible for the Company Secretarial, Compliance and Legal team.

Melanie is located at Head Office in Northwich, UK.

Mike joined Dechra in 2004 and is responsible for Dechra Veterinary Products’ North American business. Mike has more than 25 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 USA, he has built the North American commercial team to greater than 250 employees and $400 million in revenue. Mike has also been involved in several commercial agreements and acquisitions for the Group including Pharmaderm, DermaPet, Putney, Ampharmco and Med-Pharmex. Mike has a BA and MBA in Business.

Mike is located in Overland Park, Kansas, USA.

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 a number of our key brands, including Vetoryl. 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 and Venco in 2019. 

In his role of Dechra Veterinary Products International Group Director, his responsibilities are extremely varied and involve managing and growing our existing business through APAC and South American business 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.

Giles is located in Sansaw, UK.

Milton was appointed as Group Manufacturing & Supply Director on 1 April 2021, following 11 months as Interim Group Manufacturing & Supply Director. He joined Dechra in January 2016 as Group Manufacturing Finance Director. In February 2019, he was the Interim Site Director at our Skipton Facility until being appointed as Group Supply Chain and Procurement Director, Dechra Pharmaceuticals Manufacturing & Supply in October 2019.

Before joining Dechra, Milton had senior financial roles in different manufacturing industries including coatings, adhesives and chemicals. Just prior to joining Dechra he worked for Aramark in the food and facilities services sector.

Milton is responsible for our internal sites in Europe and USA, and external manufacturing sites globally. 

Milton is located at Head Office in Northwich, UK.

Patrick joined Dechra in July 2022 and has over 30 years’ experience in animal health covering vaccine, small molecule and diagnostics product development across all animal species. He also brings substantial international experience having lived and worked in academia and industry on four different continents. In 2004 Patrick joined Pfizer Animal Health, now Zoetis, where he led a wide range of teams, projects and strategic initiatives from early discovery through product development and launch. He joined Elanco in 2018 as the Senior/Executive Director of Companion Animal Product Development.

Patrick has a Veterinary Degree from the University of Gent (Belgium), a PhD in Infectious Diseases from the University of Florida (USA) and was a founding Diplomate of both the European Veterinary Parasitology College and the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists-Parasitology.

Patrick is currently based in Basel, Switzerland.

Katy joined Dechra in April 2014 from AppSense Ltd where she was the Vice President of HR Europe and Rest of the World. With over 15 years’ experience 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.

Katy is located at Head Office, Northwich, UK.

Jamie joined Dechra in June 2022 as Chief Information Officer. Prior to joining, he held the same role for Scapa plc, a global healthcare and industrial products group and has gained over 25 years’ experience in various IT leadership roles in large scale pharmaceutical & medical device organisations including Smith & Nephew and AstraZeneca. 

Jamie leads the global IT team and is responsible for IT Strategy development and execution, including all IT change & innovation activity as well as core IT service provision. He has an MBA from Durham University and a BSc (Hons) degree in Business & IT from Northumbria University.

He is located at Head Office, Northwich, UK.