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Meet Our Leadership Team

Meet the Agenda leadership team that leads the way, shapes our vision and  leads the company on a journey of growth and achievement.

ROSS MILLARD

MIAT, BA Hons

Managing Director

Ross is an experienced professional with over 23 years’ experience working in connection with in vivo facilities (of which 9 years were operating at board level) and providing consultancy to the biomedical sector. Ross holds 2 Establishment Licences, covering facilities operating under AAALAC accreditation and UK Good Laboratory Practice regulations. He is a council member for Understanding Animal Research and member of the AS-ET Fundraising Committee.

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TOBY SANDERS

LIFE SCIENCES DIRECTOR

Toby has over 17 years of experience working in the life sciences industry with the last 6 of these heading up Agenda’s Life Sciences division. As part of his role he is responsible for delivering Recruitment, Contract and Temporary Staff, Facility Management and delivering Consultancy in this sector. Toby is one of the key decision makers in setting up, developing and commercialising facilities, and as such has an excellent understanding of the licensing requirements for new and existing establishments.

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STEVE KITCHING

FINANCE & OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

Steve is focused on driving financial performance and operational efficiency at Agenda.  He has a track record of streamlining processes, optimising resource allocation, and implementing financial controls to mitigate risk. He encourages a  culture of continuous improvement and innovation while overseeing all aspects of finance and operations, including budgeting, forecasting, and supply chain management.

CHRIS WITHERS

CISM, CIPP/E, CIPM, FIP

DIRECTOR OF COMPLIANCE & IT

Chris is a highly experienced professional working at the intersection of IT, Information Security, Privacy, Data Protection, Risk, Legal, Compliance and Commercial. Defining and delivering technology, IT operations, information security, data protection, privacy, risk and audit strategies across all the Agenda divisions. Chris ensures the delivery is aligned with the needs of the business, in an efficient, effective and compliant manner enabling the delivery of market leading services to FTSE and global brands.

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HENRI BETRAND

DVM, PhD, Dipl, ECLAM, Cert LAM, MRCVS

DIRECTOR OF VETERINARY SERVICES

As a specialist veterinary surgeon in laboratory animal medicine, Henri has worked at a number of high-profile institutions. Completing a residency program with the European College of Laboratory Animal Medicine in 2017, he also adds a PhD to his list of credentials. Working across a wide range of species and disease models, as well as collaboration on cutting-edge research projects, Henri continues to apply his wealth of experience and determination to continue to improve animal welfare.

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ben acton

MRQA

DIRECTOR OF REGULATORY SCIENCE

A member of the Research Quality Association, Ben has expertise across the fields of regulatory compliance, oncology and drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics. He oversees governance processes and regulatory compliance across all Agenda Facility Management locations. He acts as Agenda’s primary liaison with all relevant UK regulatory authorities (e.g. ASRU, MHRA, APHA).  Ben has extensive experience undertaking internal and external audits against a range of regulatory frameworks.

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MATT BROOKS

MANAGING DIRECTOR – AGENDA SCREENING SERVICES

With over 25 years customer service experience, several years within the background checking industry, Matt has held key leadership positions that has enabled him to understand the nuances and evolving needs of customers related to vetting their employees and partners. At the heart of our business is a commitment to delivering exceptional client satisfaction. Matt takes pride in our team’s ability to exceed client expectations and provide support throughout the screening journey.

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KAREN ELLIOTT

MAAT FCCA

FINANCIAL CONTROLLER

Karen is known for her sharp analytical skills and commitment to excellence. She excels in optimising financial processes and driving strategic decision-making. With over 30 years experience in finance across various sectors, 20 of these in senior leadership positions. she holds a wealth of technical financial knowledge. At Agenda Karen is dedicated to continuous improvement and is passionate about mentoring the growing financial team within the business and supporting the Company’s growth.

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Robin Labesse

MIAT, RAnTech

Head of Facility Management

Robin has a wealth of experience in facility management having worked for 15 years in in-vivo research. Robin is an Animal Technician at heart and understands first-hand what a day in the life of a Technician is like.  Robin actively contributes to the mission of the Institute of Animal Technology by sitting on council as chair of the Board of Educational Policy, he is also lead for the European Federation of Animal Technologists.

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megan sanders

head of recruitment

Megan is an experienced Recruitment Consultant, specialising in the Life Sciences industry. At Agenda she leads a team of specialised consultants dedicated to filling positions across a range of all levels from Animal Technicians to Directors and C-suite Executives. 

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judith moore

Assoc CIPD, MSc HRM, PGCE, BA (Hons), ACMI

head of people & culture

Judith has a wealth of experience in HR, gained from working in a variety of industries in both advisory and managerial roles. Prior to moving into HR, Judith worked in Adult Learning, delivering Functional Literacy Skills in Government, local authority and community settings.  She also worked as a Company Administrator and was responsible for sourcing training funding, occupational health, delivery of staff benefits and managing various overhead budgets.  Judith consistently champions development at individual, team and business levels. She strives to cultivate a culture of excellence, diversity and innovation within the organisation.

christine deighton

head of contracts

Christine oversees the contract recruitment team at Agenda, focusing on specialised contract recruitment services for the life science industry. Providing critical support for a wide variety of contract staffing solutions and building meaningful connections between clients and candidates.

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STUART LAMMING

BA (Hons), CMgr, MCMI

OPERATIONS MANAGER – ALLENTOWN UK – POWERED BY AGENDA

Stuart is a highly motivated, multi-functional leader specialising in business operations and administration and events management. He has extensive, proven experience in establishing successful stakeholder relationships and partnerships. Stuart now heads up the business operations of Agenda’s newest division, Allentown UK, ensuring that the customer experience is the best it can be.

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