Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors come from a wide-range of backgrounds to enable us to access a broad knowledge base.
Garry Watts, FCA, MBE, joined the Board of BTG as non-executive Chairman in January 2012. He is Chairman of the Nomination Committee.
Garry is Chairman of Spire Healthcare, deputy chairman of Stagecoach Group plc. and non-executive director of Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc. Until December 2010, he was for seven years CEO of SSL International plc and before that its CFO. Garry is a former partner at KPMG. He was previously an executive director of Celltech plc and of Medeva plc and a non-executive director of Protherics PLC. Other roles have included 17 years as a member of the UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency Supervisory Board.
Chief Executive Officer
Louise Makin, MA, PhD (Cantab), MBA, joined BTG as Chief Executive Officer in October 2004 and she is a non-executive director of Intertek Group plc and a Trustee of the Outward Bound Trust.
From 2001, she was President, Biopharmaceuticals Europe of Baxter Healthcare, where she was responsible for Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Louise joined Baxter Healthcare in 2000 as Vice President, Strategy & Business Development Europe. Before joining Baxter, she was Director of Global Ceramics at English China Clay and prior to that she held a variety of roles at ICI between 1985 and 1998.
Chief Financial Officer
Rolf Soderstrom, BA, ACA, joined BTG as Chief Financial Officer in December 2008 from Protherics PLC, where he was Finance Director from August 2007.
From 2004, he was a Divisional Finance Director of Cobham plc, managing a portfolio of businesses across Europe and the USA. From 2000 he was a Director of Corporate Finance at Cable & Wireless plc. Prior to this, he worked in the Corporate Recovery and Corporate Finance Department of PricewaterhouseCoopers after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant.
Giles Kerr, FCA, joined BTG as a non-executive director in October 2007 and is the Company's Senior Independent Director. He is Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committees.
Giles is currently the Director of Finance with the University of Oxford, UK. He is also a Director of Victrex plc, Elan Corporation plc and Isis Innovation Ltd. Previously Giles was the Group Finance Director and Chief Financial Officer of Amersham plc, acquired by GE Healthcare in 2004. Prior to his role at Amersham, he was a partner with Arthur Andersen in the UK. He is a graduate of the University of York.
Melanie Lee, PhD, CBE, FMedSci, DSc (Hons), joined BTG as a non-executive director in November 2010. She is a member of the Remuneration Committee.
Melanie is the Chief Executive Officer of Syntaxin Limited, a Founder and Director of the pharmaceutical consultancy Think10, and a non-executive director of H Lundbeck A/S. Melanie was previously the Chair of Cancer Research Technology and a Trustee and Deputy-Chair of Cancer Research UK. During her career Melanie has held a number of positions at Glaxo, GlaxoWellcome, Celltech and UCB. In 2008, Melanie was honoured with a CBE for her services to Medical Science.
Ian Much joined BTG as a non-executive director in August 2010. He is Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit and Nominations Committees.
Ian is currently a non-executive director and the senior independent director of Chemring Group PLC and Senior plc. Ian was Chief Executive of De La Rue plc between 1998 and 2004 and Chief Executive of T&N plc between 1996 and 1998. Previous non-executive director appointments include Manchester United plc, Camelot plc and Admiral plc.
Jim O’Shea joined BTG as a non-executive director in April 2009 and he is a member of the Nomination Committee.
He is a director of Zalicus Inc., Trevi Therapeutics, Inc. and MAP Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and a former Chairman of the US National Pharmaceuticals Council. From 2007 to 2008, he was Vice Chairman of Sepracor, Inc., where he was also President and Chief Operating Officer from 1999 to 2007. Previously Jim was Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing and Medical Affairs for Zeneca Pharmaceuticals (US), a business unit of Zeneca Inc. While at Zeneca, he held several management positions of increasing responsibility in international sales and marketing in the US and the UK.
Richard Wohanka joined BTG as a non-executive director in January 2013 and is a member of the Audit Committee.
Richard Wohanka has more than twenty years' experience in building asset management businesses. He was CEO of Union Bancaire Privée Asset Management between October 2009 and June 2012, and from 2001 to 2009 he was CEO of Fortis Investment Management. Mr Wohanka is a board member of the Nuclear Liabilities Fund and of the charity United Response.
We believe that through strong leadership, by living our values and by focusing on meeting the needs of physicians, patients and payers, we can become a leading specialist healthcare company.