CIPA Vice President
Chartered Patent Attorney, European Patent Attorney, BSc in Chemistry
My professional life has been mainly spent in the pharmaceutical industry - Glaxo, Wellcome, SmithKlineBeecham and for the past 14 years GlaxoSmithKline. However, I’ve also had an interesting and enjoyable taste of life in private practice, with four years at Kilburn & Strode.
Services to the Institute:
I served on Council from 1996-99. Although I would like to have continued at the time, the demands of three young sons and the day job took precedence. The sons are now grown so I have some time back!
Other Relevant Information:
I have been a member of the EQE committee for Paper D since 2010, and prior to that tutored for both the UK and European exams. I have been a member of the APBI Patents committee since 2009. I am also a member of the recently-formed Task Force on Diversity in the IP profession.
It is clear that over the past few years CIPA has made increasing efforts to modernise and to be representative of the profession as a whole. This has energised me to the point where I would like an opportunity to be part of this effort and to help drive it forward. I have a particular interest in training and education, which are of course important planks in the future of our profession. I believe it is essential to maintain the high standards for which the UK profession is known, via both the UK and European examinations, as well as continuing professional development. I also believe we should encourage diversity of entrants and diversity of routes into the profession. I do not see these aims as incompatible, indeed I think they are synergistic. Obviously with my background I will, if elected, bring an industry perspective to Council, but I am married to a partner in a small private practice and so am well aware of the issues on that side of the profession too.
Attendance at Council Meetings: