Board Of Directors

Sam Williams, MA PhD - Interim Chairman, Board Representative Of IP Group Plc

Sam has over 20 years' experience in the biotechnology industry, both as a top-ranked equity analyst in the City and, subsequently, as an entrepreneur and Chief Executive. Sam is Head of Life Sciences at IP Group plc and serves as Executive Chairman of Istesso Ltd; Non-Executive Chairman of Microbiotica Ltd and Iksuda Ltd; and Non-Executive Director of Genomics plc, Pulmocide Ltd and Psioxus Therapeutics Ltd. Sam has a PhD in Molecular Biology from Cambridge University and an MA in Pure and Applied Biology from Oxford University.

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Martin Whitaker, BSc PhD - Chief Executive Officer

Martin has over 20 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry and has led the Diurnal team since 2008. Previously, Martin worked with Fusion IP plc (now IP Group plc) with responsibility for commercialising research from the University of Sheffield. Prior to this, Martin was Operations Director of Critical Pharmaceuticals, a venture capital-backed drug delivery company developing long-acting growth hormone products. Martin is also a Director of D3 Pharma Ltd, which successfully commercialised Plenachol®, a high dose Vitamin D product. Martin has a PhD in Pharmaceutical Science from the University of Nottingham and a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry from Bristol University. He is Honorary Professor of Medical Innovation at the University of Sheffield.

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Richard Bungay, BSc ACA - Chief Financial Officer

Richard has over 25 years’ experience in senior finance and strategic roles within the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sector. His prior experience includes CFO and COO of Mereo BioPharma, CFO of Glide Technologies, CFO of Verona Pharma, CEO (formerly CFO) of Chroma Therapeutics, Director of Corporate Communications and Strategic Planning at Celltech and Finance Director of the Respiratory and Inflammation therapy area at AstraZeneca. Richard is also a Non-Executive Director of Cambridge Cognition Holdings plc and Chroma Therapeutics Limited. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte and has a first class degree in Chemistry from Nottingham University.

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Richard Ross, MBBS MD FRCP - Chief Scientific Officer

Richard is a founding Director of Diurnal. He is a Professor of Clinical Endocrinology and Head of the Academic Unit of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of Sheffield and was previously a Senior Lecturer at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, London. Richard’s primary research interest is pituitary and adrenal disease with a particular focus on hormone replacement. His research has yielded over 200 papers, more than 30 granted patents and publications in Nature Medicine, Nature Reviews Endocrinology, Nature Genetics, The Lancet, The BMJ and PNAS. He has been a member of the editorial boards of Clinical Endocrinology and the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism and served as an elected member of the executive committees for the European Society of Endocrinology (Treasurer), the Society for Endocrinology, the Growth Hormone Research Society and the Pituitary Society. Richard is also a Director of Asterion Limited.

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Alan Raymond, BSc PhD - Non-Executive Director, Board representative of Finance Wales

Alan is an industry veteran with over 30 years of international marketing and general management experience within the pharmaceutical and biomedical industry. Most recently, Alan was the Sales and Marketing Director at Aesica Pharmaceuticals Ltd. During his career, Alan progressed through senior executive and marketing roles in Banner Pharmacaps, RP Scherer, Reckitt and Colman, Eli Lilly, and MSD, within the UK, the Netherlands and Australia. Alan is also Executive Chairman of ADC Biotechnology Ltd. Prior to his industrial career, Alan was a postdoctoral researcher in the Cardiothoracic Research Institute (London) and he holds a PhD in Invertebrate Neurobiology from St. Andrews University. Up until March 2020 Alan was the representative for Development Bank of Wales on Diurnal’s Board.

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John Goddard, BA FCA MCT - Independent Non-Executive Director

John has had a distinguished career in the global pharmaceutical industry, the majority of which was with AstraZeneca, where he was ultimately Head of Group Strategic Planning and Business Development. Prior to his retirement from AstraZeneca in 2010, he was responsible for a 100-strong global team focused on M&A and licensing, which completed around 75 transactions in four years including several acquisitions, in-licensing and out-licensing of compounds and disposals. Latterly, John became Chairman of two AstraZeneca subsidiaries, Aptium Oncology in the US and Astratech in Sweden. John is also a Non-Executive Director of Intas Pharmaceuticals Limited. John is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.

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Diurnal Group plc (Company Number: 09846650) is registered in England & Wales. Registered office: Cardiff Medicentre, Heath Park, Cardiff CF14 4UJ, UK.