Our Team

We’re a close-knit team, dedicated to providing outstanding service to clients, candidates and stakeholders. Our experience and industry knowledge are well regarded in the life science sector, where we have established a reputation for clarity and sound advice. PiR is a positive, informed and supportive environment for clients, candidates and staff, and a place where good ideas grow.

Carolyn Douthwaite – Founder and Non-Executive Chair
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Carolyn founded PiR in response to the industry’s need for flexible, knowledgeable and trusted recruitment services for early stage and mid-capped life science companies. Under Carolyn’s leadership, PiR has developed an impressive network of Executive and Non-Executive leaders with medical, commercial and financial expertise. She has built a company that truly understands the role that outstanding talent plays in supporting early stage businesses as they develop and monetise their products and services. In November 2016 Carolyn became Non-Executive Chair as part of the company’s succession planning.


Sally Hope – Chief Executive Officer
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Sally is known for bringing fresh ideas, energy and drive to business and excels at understanding client and candidate expectations. Under Sally’s leadership, PiR has grown from the new relationships she has fostered with her team. Sally’s collaborative and pragmatic leadership style encourages individualism and team based success, ensuring the best solutions and outcomes for clients and candidates alike. With encouragement from Sally, PiR has broadened its services to include Interim Management, Executive Search and Talent Mapping across all life science functions and geographies.


Nicola Williams – Business Operations Director
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Nicola is a key member of the PiR management team, responsible for Operations, IT, HR, Facilities, Marketing, Legal and Finance. Overseeing the client team, Nicola ensures that business strategy is implemented and due diligence and process is followed. Her focus, determination, work ethic and insight make her the ideal operations leader for our fast paced and customer-centric business. Nicola has worked in operations for over a decade and prior to this was in management at a global retail brand.


Paul Hoey – Senior Executive Researcher, Life Sciences
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Paul has been with PiR since 2012 and as Senior Executive Researcher, works on executive search projects for our clients. He is renowned for his calm and tenacious approach, leaving nothing to chance and delivering outstanding shortlists for client projects. Clients, candidates and colleagues value his deep understanding of the life science sector and his ability to forge strong relationships. Paul has supported clients in start-ups, SMEs and multi-national pharmaceutical, biotechnology, diagnostic and medical device organisations. He graduated from the University of Northampton with a first class BA (Hons) Degree in Business Management.


Jo Wrynn- Client Services Manager, Interims
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Jo joined PiR in 2016, with responsibility for Interim Management. A major part of Jo’s role is to stay in contact with highly qualified, first-in-class professionals, gaining essential industry insight and intelligence. She builds rapport quickly and enjoys the ongoing aspect of building her industry knowledge at networking events. Jo has delivered interim projects for start-ups, SMEs and multinationals in pharmaceutical, biotechnology, diagnostic and medical device organisations. Committed to ongoing personal development, Jo recently achieved her REC accreditation. She is a graduate of Loughborough University.