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Speaker Biographies


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Vivienne Parry OBE

Writer and broadcaster
A scientist by training, Vivienne is a freelance writer and broadcaster.  As well as being a prolific writer, she frequently appears on Radio 4 and recently recorded a documentary ‘Medicine by Design’.  She is remembered by those in their prime for presenting BBC TV’s iconic science show Tomorrow’s World and continues to make many films and TV programmes.  This year she has found herself broadcasting a daily show from the ExCel centre directly underneath City Airport’s flight path and presenting a fashion show in Bratislava wearing one heeled shoe and one flat one (she had left another pair just like it at home). She has a part time role as Head of Engagement for the 100,000 Genomes Project and was until recently a member of Council of the MRC and of UCL where she was Vice Chair. In 2011 she was awarded the OBE for services to the public understanding of science.
She is in great demand as a facilitator and host and memorable events this year include computational scientists in Luxembourg and Swansea, dermatologists in Vienna, oncologists in Barcelona and moths in Cheltenham.  She has been working with DeepMind Health and her preoccupation this year and next is building public trust and confidence in commercial access to health data.
Innovation Day is an absolutely sacrosanct must-not-be-missed day in her diary and she is delighted to be back once again amongst friends and outstanding innovators in the East Midlands.

Dr Darren Clark

Dr Darren Clark 

Chief Executive, Medilink East Midlands
Darren has been with Medilink East Midlands, since 2004. In his role as Chief Executive, he has successfully overseen the development of the company into one of the key players in the Medilink UK network. In addition to the national work, he has successfully overseen the delivery of a number of significant public sector contracts. 
Prior to joining Medilink, Darren worked for Pharmaceutical Profiles (now Quotient Clinical), one of the East Midland's many successful Life Science companies. 
He is a Non-Executive Director of the East Midlands Chamber, sits on the Steering Committee of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Regenerative Medicine and on the Board of Trustees for The Ear Foundation. A microbiologist by training, he has a degree from the University of Surrey and a doctorate from the University of Warwick.


Sir John Peace

Sir John Peace

Chairman, Midlands Engine
He has a distinguished business career at the highest levels covering the technology, financial services and retail sectors.  Formerly Chief Executive and Founder of Experian plc, Chief Executive of GUS plc, Chairman of Standard Chartered plc and is currently Chairman of Burberry plc - all FTSE 100 companies operating globally.  He was also Chairman of the Work Foundation, a visionary think-tank.
Sir John is committed to supporting the Midlands region.  He is the Lord-Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire and former East Midlands Ambassador for Business in the Community.  He also has a long standing interest in education; for 10 years he was Chairman of the Board of Governors of Nottingham Trent University and is a Trustee of the Djanogly City Academy in Nottingham.
Sir John was knighted in 2011 for services to business and the voluntary sector. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Nottingham and an Honorary Doctor of Business Administration from Nottingham Trent University.


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Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP

Member of Parliament for Loughborough
Nicky Morgan is the Member of Parliament for Loughborough and was first elected to serve the constituency for the Conservatives in the 2010 General Election. She increased her majority in the seat in the 2015 Election. 
She was born in 1972 and grew up in Surrey, before studying law at Oxford University. She worked as a solicitor specialising in corporate law, advising a range of private and public companies from 1994-2010. Nicky served as Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women & Equalities from 2014-2016. 
In the last Parliament, Nicky also served as the Financial Secretary and Economic Secretary to the Treasury, an Assistant Whip, the Parliamentary Private Secretary to David Willetts, at the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and she was a member of the BIS Select Committee. 
Nicky lives in Loughborough with husband Jonathan and they have one son. 


Mike Hannay

Professor Mike Hannay

Managing Director, East Midlands Academic Health Science Network
Mike has more than 25 years’ experience of working in the pharmaceutical industry, with an excellent track record of building collaboration with healthcare and academia.
He joined EMAHSN in July 2016 from ThermoFisher Scientific, where he had worked since 2013 as Vice President for the UK BioPharma Services Division. 
That role built upon his significant experience both nationally and internationally, including Vice President of Medicines Development at AstraZeneca.
In his role with EMAHSN, Mike leads the organisation in helping to address some of the biggest health challenges facing the region, including cancer, diabetes, liver disease and mental health.


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John Jeans

MedTech Champion, Office for Life Sciences (OLS)
John Chairs the Boards of Imanova and Edinburgh Molecular Imaging, and is a non-executive Director of Renishaw plc and ProMetic Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Previous non-executive Board positions include Chair of UK BioCenter and Myconostica Ltd.
An advisor to public and third sector organisations, he was appointed by the Prime Minister in 2014 as the Life Science Champion for medical technology. John leads Innovate UK’s Stratified Medicine Advisory Board and the KTN’s Health Board, and has contributed to advisory panels for the MRC, EPSRC, NIHR, NCUB and the Wellcome Trust. He serves on several Government bodies including the Ministerial Committee on Medical Technologies, was an inaugural member of the Science Advisory Council for Wales and a founder Trustee of the Francis Crick Institute.
In an industrial career spanning 35 years he held senior international leadership positions in global companies including Smith & Nephew, Bristol Myers Squibb, Johnson & Johnson and Amersham plc. John headed the commercial function of GE’s Life Science business and was the Chairman of its UK Healthcare Company.
John is engaged with international, national and local charities including the Africa Research Excellence Fund and is Co-Chair of the Clare Foundation.
He was awarded the CBE for services to Life Sciences, Healthcare and Science in 2012.


Mark Egerton

Dr Mark Egerton

Chief Executive Officer, Quotient Clinical 
Mark joined Quotient Clinical as CEO in 2005. Quotient is a drug development services business that has pioneered the development of a unique Translational Pharmaceutics platform, which is proven to accelerate development timelines and reduce costs. The business serves a global client base comprising large multinational pharmaceutical companies and smaller emerging biotech organisations and has operations in the UK and USA.
Prior to Quotient, Mark held a number of positions in Pharma R&D in the UK, Switzerland, and USA. He undertook his education at the Universities of Leicester (BSc Biological Sciences) and Edinburgh (PhD Biochemistry).  



Chris Gibson

Lieutenant Colonel Chris Gibson MBE

Senior Staff Officer, Defence Medical Directorate 
Lieutenant Colonel Chris Gibson joined the Army as a Military Policeman in 1984.
As he promoted through the ranks he saw operational deployments in Sudan, Algeria, Burundi, Zaire, Columbia, Peru and El Salvador. A further one year special forces deployment occurred on promotion to SSgt with a deployment to Sarajevo 1995 on the Indicted War Criminal Arrest Team.
Lieutenant Colonel Gibson transferred into the Royal Army Medical Corps as an Medical Support Officer in 2004. He was initially appointed as Welfare Officer for 3 Close Support Medical Regiment in Catterick he then moved to Operations Officer. Further tours saw staff appointments at Headquarters 2nd Medical Brigade in York and Exchange Officer to The Canadian Forces Medical School in Ontario.  
Lieutenant Colonel Gibson is a graduate of NHS Staff College and lectures in leadership at local NHS trusts.  He is a MBA and has a post graduate award in Medical Simulation Management from Harvard University. He has recently moved appointments from The Army Medical Services Training Centre where he was employed as Chief Instructor, responsible for the assurance of Deployed Hospital Care to The Defence Medical Directorate. He is widowed with two young boys.