Board of Directors

Dr Jane Griffiths

Designate Chair (from 1st December 2021)

Former Global Head of Actelion

Jane has enjoyed a long and successful career in the pharmaceutical sector at Johnson & Johnson. During her tenure there she held executive roles in clinical research, international and strategic marketing, product management and operational management.  In her last role before retiring in December 2019, Jane was Global Head of Actelion, where she led the integration of the Swiss biotech business following its acquisition by Johnson & Johnson. Prior to that Jane had been Company Group Chair of Janssen EMEA, the group’s research based pharmaceutical arm. During her time with Johnson & Johnson, Jane led its Corporate Citizen Trust in EMEA and sponsored its Women’s Leadership Initiative.  Jane was also sponsor of Janssen’s Global Pharmaceuticals Sustainability Council.

Currently, Jane is a Non-Executive Director of the FTSE 100 companies, Johnson Matthey plc, BAE Systems plc, and is a member of the board of directors of TB Alliance, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the delivery of affordable tuberculosis drugs.  Jane is a past Chair of the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations, past Chairwoman of the PhRMA Europe Committee and former member of the Corporate Advisory Board of the UK Government backed ‘Your Life’ campaign, aimed at encouraging more people to study STEM subjects.

Peter Presland

Interim Chairman

Finance, Audit and Corporate Governance specialist with several high profile organisations

Peter Presland has nearly 45 years’ experience in business, much of that at the highest levels of management within both public and private companies. A law graduate at King’s College, London, he also qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen. In 1980, he joined C E Heath plc, a major publicly quoted international insurance group, as Group Accountant/Treasurer and became in 1985 the youngest ever PLC Director when appointed Group Finance Director at the age of 34. He was promoted to become Heath’s Group Chief Executive in 1990, and in 1996, he devised the demerger of C E Heath’s computer services operations into a separate publicly listed company, Rebus Group plc, becoming its Chief Executive and in 1999 its Executive Chairman. Shareholders doubled their money in three years. Since 2001, Peter has pursued a portfolio non-executive career. These appointments include the Chairmanship in 2003 of LINK, the UK ATM network, where he led a major corporate governance change and completed the merger of LINK with Voca, the provider of the BACS service, becoming Chairman of VocaLink in 2007. From 2012 to 2015, he served as Chairman of the Audit and Governance Committee of East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust and in 2019 was asked to become Chairman of the Audit and Governance Committee of The Lord’s Taverners, a high-profile charity.

Lisa Anson

Chief Executive Officer

Experienced General Manager, former President of AstraZeneca UK

Lisa Anson is Chief Executive Officer of Redx Pharma plc, appointed 1 June 2018.

Lisa had previously been President of AstraZeneca UK since 2012 and has significant leadership experience in pharmaceuticals. Over a 20 year career at AstraZeneca plc, Lisa has held a number of senior management roles in both the US and the UK including Global Vice President, Oncology and as Vice President of emerging brands where she worked closely with the Research and Development teams.

Lisa holds an MBA (awarded with distinction) from INSEAD, France and a First Class honours degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University in the UK. Upon graduating she joined KPMG in London as a management consultant and then moved to California where she worked for Salick Health Care (now Aptium), a California based cancer disease management company, prior to joining Zeneca Pharmaceuticals (USA) in 1998 as a business development manager.

Lisa has also been President of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI), a position from which she stepped down in 2018. She was a Board member of the ABPI from 2012 during which time she has chaired a number of UK industry committee’s and worked closely with the UK Government. In 2018 she was elected to the Board of the Bio Industry Association (BIA).

Lisa currently lives in Cheshire with her husband Andy and her three children.

Dr Bernhard Kirschbaum

Non-Executive Director

Former Executive Vice-President of Global Research at Merck Serono

Bernhard Kirschbaum joined the Board in January 2016. Bernhard has over 25 years’ experience in pharmaceutical research and drug development, having held leadership roles at Merck/Merck Serono, Sanofi-Aventis, Aventis and Hoechst Marion Roussel. He has expertise in a broad range of disease areas including oncology, immuno-oncology, immunology, neurological disorders and cardiometabolic diseases. In the eight years to 2013, he worked at Merck/Merck Serono, becoming a member of the Board and Executive Vice-President, Global Research & Early Development. He was responsible for a budget of 1 billion euros and a global team of over 2,500 associates. In his last three years at Merck Serono, he led the successful growth of the company’s R&D portfolio, with over 70 programs, doubling the number of phase II assets in this period. Dr Kirschbaum is currently Chairman of OMEICOS Therapeutics and a board member of BioMedX, Enlivex Therapeutics, Amarna Therapeutics as well as an advisor to the board of KAHR Medical.

Sarah Gordon Wild

Non-Executive Director

Highly experienced industry analyst

Sarah Gordon Wild joined Redx as a Non-Executive Director on 1st July 2020. Sarah brings extensive investment experience in the biotechnology sector to her role at Redx. She currently also serves as a Non-Executive Director of Oxford Nanopore Technologies and Evox Therapeutics, as well as being a Board Member of Lone Pine Capital LLC’s Offshore Funds.

Between 1998-2003 Sarah was Managing Director, Management Committee Member and Senior Healthcare Analyst at Lone Pine Capital LLC. Before this, for over 15 years, Sarah was a senior biotechnology/healthcare analyst on Wall Street at Amerindo Investments Advisors and Hambrecht & Quist and in London at the brokerage firms Kleinwort Grieveson, and Greig Middleton. She graduated from Aberdeen University with a BSc (Hons) in Zoology and with an MSc from Imperial College, London in Social & Economic Aspects of Science and Technology in Industry.

Dr Tom Burt

Non-Executive Director

Investor Director representing Sofinnova Crossover 1 SLP

Thomas (“Tom”) Burt joined Redx as a Non-Executive Director on 4th August 2020. Tom has been a Partner in the Crossover fund at Sofinnova Partners since its inception in 2017. Prior to this, he was a Research Analyst covering UK healthcare and life science equities at Peel Hunt, joining in 2015 after six years as an Investment Director at specialist life science investors; Ares Life Sciences and Novo Holdings. Before this, he spent four years in the Healthcare Investment Banking team at Piper Sandler & Co. Tom holds an Engineering Doctorate from UCL in Biochemical Engineering & Bioprocess Leadership, an MSc in Biochemical Engineering and a BSc in Biotechnology.

Natalie Berner

Non-Executive Director

Investor Director representing Redmile

Natalie joined Redx as a Non-Executive Director on 19th May 2021 and brings extensive experience in the healthcare sector to the Board. She is a Managing Director focusing on Therapeutics at Redmile, which she joined in 2016. Prior to Redmile, Natalie was a Research Associate at the New York University School of Medicine. Natalie received a BA in Community Health from Brown University and a Certificate in Premedical Sciences from Columbia University.