People

The Senior Executive Team (SET) was established in 2013 to lead the development and implementation of the business strategy. Over the last couple of years there have been a number of changes due to retirement and acquisitions.

The SET comprises

Ian Page
Chief Executive Officer

Richard Cotton
Chief Financial Officer

Tony Griffin
Managing Director Dechra Veterinary Products EU

(Ian, Richard and Tony are also part of the main Board)

Dr Susan Longhofer
Regulatory Affairs and Business Development Group Director

Dr Anthony Lucas
Group Product Development Director

Mike Eldred
President North America

Greig Rooney
Group Manufacturing and Supply Director

Allen Mellor
Group IT Director

Katy Clough
Group HR Director

Giles Coley
Dechra Veterinary Products International Group Director

The Company Secretary attends the meetings of the SET and acts as its secretary.

Susan Longhofer

Dr Susan Longhofer Business Development and Regulatory Affairs Group Director

Susan joined the Group in June 2005. A veterinarian with over 26 years' experience in the industry, she leads a team of approximately 50 staff around the globe responsible for registering new products and maintaining the registrations of our existing products. She has recently assumed a Business Development role searching out new products and opportunities to continue to fill our product development pipeline. Prior to joining Dechra, Susan worked for Virbac Corporation, Heska Corporation and Merck Research Laboratories. Susan holds an MS and a DVM in Veterinary Science and is a Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. She is located in Kansas, US.

Giles Coley

Giles Coley Dechra Veterinary Products International Group Director

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 our leading brand Vetoryl, as well as a number of our other key brands. 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. In his role of Dechra Veterinary Products International Group Director, his responsibilities are extremely varied and involve managing and growing our existing business through Apex 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. He is located in Shrewsbury, UK.

Mike Eldred

Mike Eldred President North America

Mike joined Dechra in 2004 and is responsible for Dechra Veterinary Products' North American business. Mike has more than 20 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 US, he has built the significant and growing US and Canadian team to 162 people and with a strong Dechra culture has grown sales revenue to £132.4 million. Mike has also been involved in several commercial agreements and acquisitions for the Group including Pharmaderm, DermaPet, Phycox Animal Health and Putney. Mike has a BA in Business, and an MBA. He is located in Kansas, US.

Allen Mellor

Allen Mellor Group IT Director

Allen joined Dechra in April 2012 and has developed and implemented the Group IT strategy during this time. During the last 20 years, Allen has gained a breadth of experience from the implementation of diverse business solutions across multiple industry sectors including Justice, Education, Energy, Distribution and Retail. Having held several senior management positions encompassing software development, IT service provision and IT departmental management, his last role was as Head of IT for the BSS Group PLC, a leading plumbing and heating distribution company. Allen is currently responsible for all Group IT support to a multitude of internal customers. He is located at Head Office, Northwich, UK.

Katy Clough

Katy Clough Group HR Director

Katy joined in April 2014 from AppSense Ltd where she was the Vice President of HR Europe and Rest of the World. With over 15 years operating at Director level within the Technology, 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. She is located at Head Office, Northwich, UK.

Anthony Lucus

Dr Anthony Lucas Group Product Development Director

Anthony joined Dechra in 2016 following the acquisition of Putney Inc. where he was Senior Vice President of R&D. Anthony is originally a veterinarian from Australia with five years in clinical practice including a residency in emergency and critical care. Following a Masters in veterinary pharmacology, PhD in human pharmacology and post-doc at the University of Kansas, he spent six years at Elanco in early drug development, technology acquisition and as a Six Sigma black belt. In his six years at Putney, Anthony built the R&D team, which delivered ten FDA product approvals.

As the Group Product Development Director, Anthony leads a team of 50 scientists across five global research centres, to efficiently deliver the pipeline of products to meet Dechra's growth needs. He is located in Maine, US.

Greig Rooney

Greig Rooney Group Manufacturing and Supply Director

Greig joined Dechra in 2016. He has 20 years of experience working in a variety of roles within the Pharmaceutical and Fast Moving Consumer Good industries.

Greig started his career with GSK in 1998 on their Graduate Management Training scheme. He worked in various Supply Chain roles and spent six years outside of GSK working as a lean consultant in the motor industry supply chain and also ran the Bakery Operations for Greggs PLC in Birmingham.

Prior to joining Dechra, Greig worked as the Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient Lifecycle Transformation Director, responsible for the execution of GSK's Strategy within the Pharmaceutical Business.

As the Group Manufacturing and Supply Director, Greig is responsible for approximately 33% of Dechra's workforce across six manufacturing sites namely Bladel, the Netherlands; Zagreb, Croatia; Florida, USA; Skipton, UK; Sydney, Australia; Brovel, Mexico; and the main distribution centre in Europe at Uldum, Denmark.

Greig holds a BSc (Hons) in Science and Management Studies. He is located in Northwich, UK.