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Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors come from a wide-range of backgrounds to enable us to access a broad knowledge base.


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Garry Watts


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 and of Foxtons Group plc, 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 it's 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.

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Dame Louise Makin

Chief Executive Officer

Dame Louise Makin, MA, PhD (Cantab), MBA, DBE joined BTG as Chief Executive Officer in October 2004 and 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.

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Rolf Soderstrom

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.

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Giles Kerr

Non-executive director

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, Isis Innovation Ltd and Senior plc. 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.

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Ian Much

Non-executive director

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. 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.

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Jim O’Shea

Non-executive director

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., Prostrakan Group Plc and Trevi Therapeutics, 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.

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Richard Wohanka

Non-executive director

Richard Wohanka joined BTG as a non-executive director in January 2013 and is a member of the Audit Committee.

Richard 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. Richard is a board member of the Nuclear Liabilities Fund and of Scottish Widows.

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Strong leadership

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.

Doing the right thing

Our Board of Directors is committed to ensuring that high standards of governance underpin the management of our business affairs.