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Directors (click on name for biography)

Mr Russell Stevens FCCA
Non-executive Director and Chairman

Dr. Gordon R B Skinner MD, DSc, FRCPATH, FRCOG
Chief Scientific Officer and Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Afshan Ahmad BSc, PhD
Director of Research and Development

Mr Kevin Murray
Non-executive Director

Secretary

Mr Rish Hayer FCCA

 


Mr Russell Stevens FCCA 
Non-Executive Director and Chairman

Russell Stevens is a certified accountant and, in 1991, founded Hamiltons, a multidisciplinary accountancy practice. He became managing director of Hamiltons Group Limited on its incorporation in May 1997, subsequently stepping down to become Chief Executive of Meriden Group Plc, a business services group which he floated on AIM in August 2001. He has a portfolio of unquoted companies in which he has active investments and specialises in providing strategic advice to growing businesses. Russell is also part time Chief Executive of Innobox Plc and Chief Executive of Bidtimes Plc, an investment company.
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Dr. Gordon B.R. Skinner MD, DSc, FRCPATH, FRCOG
Chief Scientific Officer and Chief Executive Officer

Dr Skinner graduated with a medical degree from the University of Glasgow and was a Senior Clinical Lecturer at the Medical School, University of Birmingham and Honorary Consultant at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham for approximately 30 years. At the University he directed programmes to develop vaccines against herpes simplex virus, cytomegalovirus, varicella zoster virus, human immunodeficiency virus and staphylococci. Dr Skinner is Honorary Chairman of the Vaccine Research Trust where he has directed the medical research programme since the Trust’s inception in 1982. Dr Skinner has published approximately 100 papers in medical and scientific journals. He has patented 16 viral and bacterial vaccines and various other medical therapies and devices.
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Dr. Afshan Ahmad BSc, PhD
Director of Research and Development

Dr Ahmad's professional and academic work has principally related to the development of a Staphylococcal vaccine. She has been involved in laboratory work in studies investigating the immune response of vaccinated patients in the UK and Italy. From 1984 to 1995 she was a Research Associate at the University of Birmingham. From 1995 to 2002 she was employed by the Vaccine Research Trust, an independent medical research organization originally based at the University of Birmingham and now based in Moseley, Birmingham. She has a PhD in Medical Microbiology from the University of Birmingham (1999) and a BSc from the University of London in Immunology / Microbiology (1983).
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Mr J Rish Hayer
Secretary

Jon Rish Hayer qualified and trained as an accountant with a top ten international firm, acquiring multi-disciplinary accounting and consulting experience. He spent a number of years in industry at finance director level. He specialises in providing management and strategic consultancy at board level. Current directorships include Safe Europe Plc, Evesham Plc, Sharp International Ltd and Hayer Properties Limited. He is currently managing partner of Hayers Accountants and Registered Auditors, Birmingham

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