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Ashfield Healthcare expands its board of directors

Seven new members join the board

Ashfield Healthcare Anita OsbornAshfield healthcare has added seven new members to its UK board of directors, effective 1 March.

As part of the board, the seven business executives will oversee the operation of the healthcare services organisation's contract sales and nursing and contact centre teams across the UK.

Ashfield has appointed its clinical services director Anita Osborn (pictured) and recruitment and talent acquisition director Caroline Wilcher to the board.

Osborn joined Ashfield in 2002 having worked for Boots, Knoll and Lilly in various roles including primary and secondary care, regional management, training and development and specialist sales. Most recently, she served as head of operations for Ashfield's UK business.

After joining Ashfield's recruitment unit in 1998, Wilcher has held increasingly senior roles at the healthcare services firm, including resourcing manager and, most recently, head of recruitment.

Also joining the board is Keith Buckby Ashfield's account director, who brings nearly 20 years of medical sales representative and management expertise to the role.

He first joined the company as a regional business manager in 2007 and has since served as a project manager, head of resourcing, and head of operations taking on the operational excellence lead role last year. Prior to this, Buckby held medical, primary care and specialist representative positions at Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer.

Business development directors Prad Mistry, Karen Bell and Ian Robinson have also been selected as board members.

Mistry joined Ashfield as a regional business manager in 1997, becoming an operational manager before relocating to the US to establish Ashfield's operations there in 2002. Since returning to the UK in 2006, he has served in increasingly senior sales positions before taking on his current role earlier this year.

Prior to joining Ashfield in 2009, Bell held several senior sales and management roles at Napp, Pfizer and Takeda. She has recently become a client partnership manager as well as Ashfield's commercial contact centre business unit lead.

Robinson joined Ashfield in September 2015 and brings with him nearly 20 years of pharmaceutical sales expertise from Bristol-Myers Squibb, recently having served as its diabetes national sales lead for AstraZeneca.
Paul Frater, Ashfield UK's operations director, also joins the board of directors.

Frater joined the company in 2003 and has held several senior field-based sales and management roles in its UK and US operations. Frater currently serves as national sales manager for the Takeda UK account.

Ashfield Healthcare's managing director and chair of its board of directors Colin Watson said: “The board members' depth of experience in strategic healthcare services, business management and business development will strengthen Ashfield's ability to take healthcare innovation in the industry to the next level.

“I am delighted, therefore, to welcome the addition of these outstanding new members to our existing talented board.”

25th February 2016

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