Our people

Our people are vital to our success.

Our highly differentiated team are experts at what they do. Our life sciences investment team members have deep technical scientific background, supplemented by strong commercial experience ranging from venture capital investment to pharmaceutical launch. This skill set has resulted in a strong network in life science, enabling the best talent to be attracted at the level of Syncona's portfolio companies. 

Jeremy Tigue

Jeremy Tigue

Chairman

Jeremy Tigue has been Chairman of the Board since the Company’s inception in 2012.

He has over 30 years’ experience of global investing and was the fund manager of Foreign & Colonial Investment Trust, one of the largest investment companies, from 1997 to 2014. He is also Chairman of ICG Enterprise Trust plc, Senior Independent Director of Standard Life Equity Income Trust PLC, a Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of The Monks Investment Trust PLC and Senior Independent Director of The Mercantile Investment Trust plc. He was a Director of the Association of Investment Companies from 2003 to 2013 and Deputy Chairman between 2006 and 2010. Jeremy was also Chairman of the Institutional Shareholder Committee from 2006 to 2008. He was an Investment Advisor to the BP and British Steel Pension Funds from 1998 to 2014 and 1999 to 2014 respectively.

Experience

Jeremy brings extensive experience of investments, private equity, investor relations and governance. He has broad and deep knowledge of all aspects of investment company management, governance and regulation.

Date of appointment

14 August 2012

Committee memberships

  • Nomination Committee (Chair)
  • Remuneration Committee
Thomas Henderson

Thomas Henderson

Non-Executive Director

Thomas Henderson founded BACIT Ltd (now Syncona Limited) in 2012.

Previously, Thomas founded New Generation Haldane Fund Management (formerly Eden Capital Ltd) in 1998 where he was CEO and senior portfolio manager for the Eden Capital Fund, a fund which had a mandate to invest in listed equity and private equity investments, primarily in Europe. Prior to this, in 1994 Thomas joined Moore Capital Management as a portfolio manager where he invested in European and emerging market equities. In 1991 Thomas worked for Cazenove Inc in New York and headed the European Equity sales team, where he was responsible for selling European equities to US institutions. He started his career in 1990 at Cazenove and Co in London.

Experience

Thomas brings extensive experience of managing capital in listed equities and in building private equity investments which have gone on to list in the US capital markets. He has a broad and deep network of relationships and a strong track record in the fund management industry. Thomas also sits on the investment committee at The Institute of Cancer Research.

Date of appointment

14 August 2012

Rob Hutchinson

Rob Hutchinson

Non-Executive Director

Rob Hutchinson has around 30 years’ experience in the financial sector as a Chartered Accountant.

He qualified in 1990 and spent 28 years with KPMG across various roles. Rob retired from practice in 2014 and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He served as President of the Guernsey Society of Chartered and Certified Accountants between 2007 and 2009.

Experience

Rob has many years of broad financial experience. He spent a number of years in roles specialising in the audit of banking and fund clients at KPMG and was appointed a partner in 1999. Rob led the audits for a number of UK and European Private Equity and Venture Capital houses as well as listed funds covering a variety of asset classes, bringing broad experience in issues arising from the valuation of private assets. Rob led the firm’s fund and private equity practices for seven years and served as Head of Audit for KPMG in the Channel Islands for five years until 2013.

Date of appointment

1 November 2017

Committee membership

  • Audit Committee (Chair)
Nigel Keen

Nigel Keen

Non-Executive Director

Nigel Keen is the Chairman of Syncona Investment Management Limited and was a co-founder of Syncona Partners.

He is also Chairman of Oxford University Innovation, the technology transfer group for Oxford University, and Chairman of the Oxford Academic Health Science Network, a new entity established by the National Health Service in England to align the interests of patients in its region with academia, industry and the healthcare system. Nigel is also the Chairman of the AIM-listed medical device company Deltex Medical Group plc and was previously Chairman of Laird plc for 14 years and Oxford Instruments plc for 16 years. He has a degree in engineering from Cambridge University, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology.

Experience

Nigel brings extensive experience in healthcare and commerce. His career has encompassed venture capital, industry and banking, and he has been involved in the formation and development of high technology businesses for more than 30 years.

Date of appointment

19 December 2016

Nick Moss

Nick Moss

Senior Independent Director

Nick Moss is an English qualified chartered accountant (FCA) and has nearly 30 years’ experience in the financial services sector, focused primarily on the structuring, advising and administration of the overall wealth of ultra high net worth private clients.

Nick was a founder of the Virtus Trust, an international fiduciary business which he sold to Equiom group in 2017. Prior to Virtus, Nick was a Managing Director within NM Rothschild’s private wealth group.

Experience

Nick has extensive experience as an independent director and audit committee member of listed closed-ended investment companies including Brevan Howard and Blackstone managed entities. He is a highly experienced fiduciary and investment practitioner, advising family offices and private clients in many jurisdictions. Nick was Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Company until 31 March 2018 and became Senior Independent Director on 1 April 2018.

Date of appointment

17 August 2012

Committee memberships

  • Audit Committee
  • Nomination Committee
  • Remuneration Committee (Chair)
Gian Piero Reverberi

Gian Piero Reverberi

Non-Executive Director

Gian Piero Reverberi is a senior healthcare executive and is presently Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at Vanda Pharmaceuticals, a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on novel therapies to address high-unmet medical needs.

Prior to this, Gian Piero acted as a corporate adviser supporting companies in the development of their commercial and geographical expansion strategies. He also spent 10 years at Shire, where he served as Senior Vice President International Specialty Pharma, with responsibility for EMEA, Canada, Asia Pacific and Latin America. He started his pharmaceutical career at Eli Lilly in the US and Italy, where he had responsibilities including finance, business development, sales and business unit leadership.

Experience

Gian Piero has over 20 years of experience in commercialising novel therapies spanning commercial strategy, business development, business unit leadership and management, launching specialty and orphan drugs across international markets. He has a degree in Economics and Business Administration from Sapienza University of Rome and a Master in Business Administration from SDA Bocconi in Italy.

Date of appointment

1 April 2018

Ellen Strahlman

Ellen Strahlman

Non-Executive Director

Ellen Strahlman recently retired as the Executive Vice President, Research & Development and Chief Medical Officer for BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), a leading global medical technology company, a role she held since 2013.

Prior to this, she served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer (‘CMO’) at GlaxoSmithKline, as well as senior executive leadership roles in leading pharmaceutical and medical technology companies including Pfizer, Novartis, Bausch & Lomb and Merck.

Experience

Ellen is a senior executive with over 25 years of experience in global product development and commercialisation in a wide range of areas such as biopharmaceuticals, medical devices, vaccines, consumer products and international health. She is a graduate of Harvard University (Biochemical Sciences); obtained her medical degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; and earned a Master’s Degree in Health Sciences from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health as a CarnegieMellon Physician Public Health Fellow. She has medical qualifications in general surgery (Johns Hopkins) and ophthalmology (the Wilmer Institute, Johns Hopkins).

Date of appointment

19 December 2016

Committee memberships

  • Audit Committee
  • Nomination Committee
  • Remuneration Committee