Leadership team

    Michael Austwick

    Chief Executive Officer

    Appointment

    Michael Austwick was appointed Chief Executive Officer in June 2022.

    Experience and Expertise

    Michael provides overall leadership for the Vectura business and is accountable for Vectura Fertin Pharma’s inhaled therapeutics category and proprietary pipeline, from formulation through to launch and beyond. Michael joined us in June 2022 from Novartis and has more than 25 years of global experience across the pharmaceutical industry.

    Current external appointments

    Michael does not currently hold any other directorships.

    Elizabeth Knowles

    Chief Financial Officer

    Appointment

    Elizabeth Knowles was appointed Chief Financial Officer in March 2022.

    Experience and Expertise

    Elizabeth graduated from Manchester University in 2007, and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with the ICAEW in 2010. Elizabeth has been with Vectura since 2012 and has held a number of senior positions with Finance, including VP Corporate Finance and Investor Relations, supporting the business through major acquisitions and equity placings. Prior to Vectura, Elizabeth worked for PwC as a Senior Associate within Audit.

    John Murphy

    General Counsel and Company Secretary

    Appointment

    John Murphy joined Skyepharma as general counsel in March 2006 and was appointed as General Counsel and Company Secretary of Vectura in June 2016 following the merger.

    Experience and expertise

    John is a lawyer with extensive experience in legal and company secretarial roles in listed pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies including Medeva PLC, Celltech Group PLC and Pharmagene PLC. He is chairman of the BIA Intellectual Property Advisory Committee and a member of the EuropaBio Intellectual Property Working Group. He holds a BSc in aeronautical engineering from Bristol University and is a qualified solicitor.

    Sharon Johnson

    Executive Vice President - Inhaled Product Solutions

    Appointment

    Sharon Johnson joined Vectura in February 2020.

    Experience and Expertise

    Sharon holds a postgraduate diploma in industrial pharmaceutical studies with distinction from Brighton University and a BSc honours degree in applied biology/microbiology from North East Surrey College of Technology. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and a registered Qualified Person.

    Sharon has more than 30 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Prior to joining Vectura she held a number of executive positions, most recently senior vice president, global quality and regulatory affairs, at Catalent, where her role was expanded to include responsibility for product development and the implementation of a project management organisation with strong governance and transparency, ensuring customer expectations of product development excellence were delivered. Earlier in her career she held the position of vice president of quality for GE Healthcare’s medical diagnostic division, and worked in roles of increasing responsibility for Baxter Healthcare and Sanofi Aventis.

    Geraldine Venthoye

    Chief Scientific Officer & Executive Vice President Technology, Science & Innovation

    Appointment

    Dr Geraldine Venthoye joined Vectura in June 2016 upon completion of the merger with Skyepharma PLC, where she had been executive vice president – pharmaceutical development since 2013. She joined Skyepharma as head of the inhalation business unit in September 2003.

    Experience and expertise

    Geraldine is a UK registered pharmacist and holds a doctorate degree in pharmaceutics from the University of London and has spent 30 years in inhaled drug delivery R&D.

    Geraldine previously held senior CMC leadership and scientific roles at Inhale/Nektar Therapeutics, San Carlos, California, US, and Vandsons Research and Norton Healthcare in the UK. She completed her pre-registration clinical training at the Brompton Heart and Lung Hospital in London.

    Antony Fitzpatrick

    Executive Vice President Operations

    Appointment

    Antony Fitzpatrick joined Vectura in July 2017.

    Experience and expertise

    Antony has a first-class BSc in aeronautical engineering from Manchester University and an MSc in numerical computation from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology.

    Antony joined Vectura from Baxter where he had worked since 1999, having been responsible for global supply chain and also manufacturing across EMEA. His Baxter experience includes operating in both a pharma product environment and in product device and pure medical device operations. He sat on the board of GHX, the Global Healthcare Exchange, for four years prior to its sale to private equity. Before working at Baxter he worked in various manufacturing and logistics roles of increasing responsibility for Ingram Micro (IT technology), Exel Logistics, Coopers and Lybrand and Mobil Oil.

    Joanne Hombal

    Executive Vice President – Human Resources

    Appointment

    Joanne Hombal joined Vectura in January 2015.

    Experience and expertise

    Joanne has a BSc in psychology from the University of Birmingham and a postgraduate diploma in human resource management from the University of Glamorgan. She is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development.

    Before joining Vectura, Joanne was vice president HR at Invensys Rail, with responsibility for setting and leading the people strategy for Northern Europe. She has held senior HR roles in the financial services and ICT industries and led a number of organisational development and transformation initiatives.