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.


Mark Johnson – Client Services Director, Executive Search
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Mark is a respected Executive Search professional with a background in science and the pharmaceutical industry. A graduate in Applied Biology from Liverpool John Moores University, Mark has industrial experience of biologics at MedImmune and Novartis, where he worked in development, manufacturing and quality for vaccine products that ultimately made the transition to full global release. Focusing on senior level positions in development, clinical, regulatory, quality, manufacturing, supply chain and medical, he adds value to executive search assignments across a variety of disciplines. Clients view Mark as a trusted ambassador for their companies and his work consistently demonstrates the difference that the right appointment can make to their businesses.


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.


Jayne Fergusson – Project Support Manager
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Jayne is an expert project manager who has worked in both the life science and commercial sector. She has excellent communication skills and brings a wealth of experience of project management and managerial roles, where she has worked with large teams and departments. Jayne is known for her organisational skills and problem-solving, which she approaches with pragmatism, always offering a solution, training and coaching. She is a calm, resourceful, tenacious member of the team who fully supports the company in achieving its financial, strategic and operational targets.


Dr Ian Campbell – Non Executive Director

Ian is an experienced entrepreneur in life science and the diagnostics sector. He is currently the Director for Health and Life Sciences at Innovate UK and was previously CEO of Arquer Diagnostics, which focuses on bladder and prostate cancer diagnosis. He has also served as Chief Executive of Molecular Vision, an Imperial College spin-out company, developing a disposable, quantitative Point–of-Care diagnostic platform, which was acquired by Abingdon Health in 2012. Ian has a strong scientific background with a PhD from the University of Glasgow.


Mark Kirby – Associate Consultant

Mark has a background in early stage medtech companies, supporting them from start up to successful exit via trade sale and flotation. Most recently he has held various roles as Chairman or CEO of high potential medtech start-ups and he chairs a panel of the NIHR i4i translational funding scheme for the advancement of healthcare technologies for NHS patients. He began his career as a chartered mechanical engineer before joining the medical device start-up, Medic-Aid Ltd, where, as CEO, he led the company to a management buyout and subsequently listing on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange before completing a trade sale to Respironics Inc. Since selling his business he has chaired several medtech start-ups and he successfully sold Nigaard Pharma A/S to Zambon Spa in 2015.


Dr Chris Towler – Associate Consultant

Chris is well known amongst the early stage investor and board communities, particularly for his work with Oxford Spinout Equity Management (OSEM), where he invested £12m in university spinouts, returning £40m to the university and growing the overall value of the equity portfolio. Prior to this he held senior roles at Glaxo and GlaxoWellcome for over 23 years, including leadership of the development teams behind major novel therapies (including Imigran, Zofran and Relenza).  He also served as a member of the Corporate Strategy Team in a period of significant organisational change. In 2001, he joined Imperial College London to assist the new Vice Chancellor, Sir Richard Sykes, in a variety of ways including strategic planning, complex project management, the commercialisation of science and leadership of the Communications Team. He has a PhD in Biochemistry and post-doctoral research experience in the use of oncofoetal antigens as markers of cancer presence or abnormal placental function.


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