APTUS CLINICAL - Key Persons


ANITA CAWLEY - COO

Job Titles:
  • BUSINESS OPERATIONS
  • Director
  • Member of the Co - Founder Directors & Members of the Leadership Team
  • Operations Director
  • Pharmacist
Anita trained as a pharmacist and has 22 years' clinical research experience across all development phases and with various pharma companies including GSK, Sanofi Winthrop, 3M and AstraZeneca. Since co-founding Aptus Clinical, Anita has brought her decades of functional experience to establish a highly effective clinical operations team as well as implementing a fully integrated procedural infrastructure for client support.

Dr Glen Clack

Job Titles:
  • Chief Medical Officer
As Chief Medical Officer, Glen ensures the highest standards are achieved in the design, implementation and medical monitoring of clinical studies. Glen has experience in all phases of clinical development, but now focusses on translational medicine, overseeing the early development of small molecule anti-cancer compounds. Areas of expertise include hormone manipulation, DNA damage repair, MTOR/PI3K/AKT pathway, anti-sense oligonucleotide and tumour genetic drivers. Glen holds honorary academic positions at Manchester and Sheffield Universities.

Dr Paul Elvin

Job Titles:
  • Chief Translational Science Officer
As Chief Translational Science Officer, Paul provides specialist bioscience and translational science input to preclinical and clinical drug projects. During his 27 years' experience in cancer drug discovery at AZ, Paul provided successful scientific leadership for both small molecule and therapeutic antibody projects, from target identification through early phase clinical studies. He has broad experience in the design and implementation of translational science programs, including due diligence for late stage preclinical and clinical opportunities.

Dr Steve McConchie - CEO

Job Titles:
  • CEO
  • Member of the Co - Founder Directors & Members of the Leadership Team
Steve has worked in clinical development for nearly 25 years with AZ where he successfully delivered numerous oncology and haematology clinical development programmes. Since forming Aptus Clinical, he and his expert team continue to support the design, conduct and delivery of innovative early phase clinical studies in oncology and rare diseases for a broad range of clients. He is a member of the Scientific Innovation and Advisory Committee of the Bioindustry Association.

Ian Thomas

Job Titles:
  • Clinical Development Director
  • Clinical Project Director
As Clinical Development Director, Ian drives performance, provides multi-disciplinary global teams with objectives, clarity of direction and effectively motivates teams to ensure oncology clinical operations are delivered to a high standard. Ian has over 18 years' experience across all phases of clinical development with a proven track record of successfully delivering complex global projects. He combines technical prowess with strong interpersonal capabilities to positively influence decision making and build strong professional relationships.

JONATHAN LEWIS

Job Titles:
  • BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
  • Business Development Director
  • Director
  • Member of the Co - Founder Directors & Members of the Leadership Team
A time proven project leader and line manager with 30 years' industry experience in UK and Sweden. During his career he has worked across a broad range of disciplines, including clinical, laboratory and sales and marketing, in numerous therapeutic areas, including respiratory, oncology, CNS, infection and ophthalmology. Since co-founding Aptus Clinical, Jonathan has helped build the business and grow the client portfolio.

Karen Sanville

Job Titles:
  • Head
  • Head of Clinical Services
Karen Sanville is our Head of Clinical Services. She spent 26 years at AstraZeneca, where she headed up UK Clinical Operations before moving to Quintiles as Vice President, Project Leadership Oncology.

Louise Scott

Job Titles:
  • Associate Director of Clinical Operations

Nicola Little

Job Titles:
  • Chief Statistical Officer
As Chief Statistical Officer, Nicola is responsible for the statistical integrity of clinical studies and supporting submissions to international regulatory authorities. While Statistical Science Director at AZ, she was accountable for the provision of statistical input and strategy to drug development programmes for both oncology and infection, spanning Phase I to IV. Nicola designed and defended the Tagrisso® programme to the FDA and EMA.

Paula Roberts

Job Titles:
  • Business Services Manager
"The fact that I have no such thing as a typical day, is just one of the things I love about working at Aptus Clinical" says Paula Roberts, Business Services Manager. To say Paula's day is varied is an understatement - her first job after arriving in the office is to start the TV loop! This runs all day and creates an interesting and informative background, highlighting upcoming events, company news, engaging photos from the various company social events and a recognition of individual achievements. "I then check my emails, consult my own and the directors' diaries and start planning for the day. After that, I'm prepared for everything!" Paula's role at Aptus Clinical also includes Health and Safety and HR, the latter of which has grown exponentially since Paula joined two years ago and so can dominate some days. "Recruitment can take up a lot of time, especially if we have a new starter to on-board with due diligence and inductions." Paula also attends meetings on a daily, weekly or monthly basis, most of which require advanced preparation. "For example, I coordinate our monthly communications group meetings where we discuss various internal and external strategies with our PR company and medical communications agency. I ensure everyone involved does what they need to in order to meet any deadlines. I am also part of the Executive Team which meets monthly and attend monthly Board meetings which invariably require pre-work, sending out Board packs and ensuring everyone is fully prepared". Another of Paula's roles is Office Manager, and an achievement of which she is particularly proud is their office relocation. "The company has always been located at Alderley Park, but previously we were scattered over several offices. When we decided to move here, we needed to plan the layout and purchase furniture. It also involved co-ordinating IT, sourcing a telephone system and ensuring meetings rooms were fully resourced with the latest technology. The logistics were challenging and there was a lot to coordinate and I don't think my daily step count has ever been higher! Still it was worth the effort as our offices are amazing and the teams love the working environment here. I will never tire of the amazing panoramic views we have!".

STEPHEN MCCONCHIE

Job Titles:
  • CLINICAL RESEARCH
  • Director

Tessa Clarke

Job Titles:
  • Governance and Compliance Lead
Tessa Clarke is our Risk, Governance and Compliance Lead and has more than 20 years' experience in clinical research. She has also been extensively involved in supporting and managing our Quality Management System.