Board of Directors

 

Rob B Thomas AO, BEc, MSAA, SF Fin, FAICD, FRSN

Independent non-executive director (appointed 4 December 2013)

Chairman from 13 June 2014

Mr Thomas has a strong background in financial services and capital markets and is a non-executive director of several Australian listed companies. Formerly Mr Thomas was a Partner of Potter Partners (now UBS) where he was also Head of Research. He is the former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of County NatWest Securities and then became CEO and then Chairman of Citibank Corporate and Investment Bank in Australia. Mr Thomas has also held the position of Chairman at Australian Wealth Management Ltd (ultimately IOOF Ltd), TAL (Australia’s largest life insurance company) and HeartWare® International Inc, the second largest global manufacturer of left ventricular assist heart pumps.

Mr Thomas is currently a non-executive director of ASX-listed Biotron Limited and Clarity Pharmaceuticals Limited. Mr Thomas is also Chair of AusBio Ltd, Grahger Retail Securities, Co-Chair of the State Library of NSW Foundation, and a director of O’Connell Street Associates.  For many years Mr Thomas was regarded as one of Australia’s leading financial analysts and regularly lectured with Financial Services Institute of Australia (FINSIA). He has considerable expertise in Mergers & Acquisition (M&A) and capital markets including advising on the floats of Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Qantas, and vast experience in Audit and Risk Management.

Mr Thomas is also approved under the NSW prequalification scheme for Audit and Risk Committee Independent Chairs and Members for government/public sector agencies and has previously served as the Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee of Virgin Australia Limited (for 11 years), HeartWare® International Inc, REVA Medical Limited and the State Library of NSW. 

Mr Thomas holds a Bachelor of Economics from Monash University, a Diploma of Business (Accounting) from Swinburne and is a fellow of FINSIA. Mr Thomas is also a Master Stockbroker, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales.

Specific skills and experience areas

In addition to Mr Thomas’ significant finance and M&A/capital markets experience, Mr Thomas’ non-executive roles with various ASX listed companies have deepened his skills and experience in relation to accounting/corporate finance, audit and risk; governance; licensing and commercialisation of innovation; strategy and risk management; occupational health & safety (“OH&S”); and remuneration. He has also had significant experience with US based companies as they progress from research to commercialisation.

 

Jacinth (Jackie) K Fairley BSc, BVSc (Hons), MBA, GAICD, FTSE

Chief Executive Officer and Director (appointed 1 July 2006) 

Dr Jackie Fairley has more than 30 years of operational experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries working in senior management roles with companies including CSL Limited (CSL) and Faulding (now Pfizer). In those roles Dr Fairley had responsibilities which included clinical, regulatory, business development, product development management and general management.  At Faulding Dr Fairley was responsible for Global Product Development, Regulatory Affairs and Business Development for Faulding’s Hospital Business which operated in more than 60 countries. 

Dr Fairley holds first class honours degrees in Science (pharmacology and pathology) and Veterinary Science from Melbourne University and was a practicing veterinary surgeon prior to joining CSL. Whilst at CSL Dr Fairley obtained a Master of Business Administration from the Melbourne Business School where she was the recipient of the prestigious Clemenger Medal. Dr Fairley is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.   

Dr Fairley is a non-executive director of the listed investment company Mirrabooka Investments Limited, is a member of the Invest Victoria Advisory Board (IVAB) and Carnegie Venture Capital’s investment Committee.  She has previously served on the Melbourne Business School Board, the Australian Federal Government’s Commonwealth Science Council and Pharmaceutical Industry Working Group and the Australian Federal Ministerial Biotechnology Advisory Council.

Specific skills and experience areas

With more than 30 years’ experience in executive roles up to and including as CEO and executive director of ASX listed and unlisted pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, Dr Fairley’s experience covers all key areas described in the Board skills matrix. In particular, Dr Fairley has significant leadership skills in healthcare and scientific research; pharmaceutical development; international experience; licensing and commercialisation of innovation; business development; strategy and risk management; and M&A/capital markets.

  

Zita Peach BSc, GAICD, FAMI

Independent non-executive director (appointed 1 October 2011) 

Ms Peach has more than 25 years of executive commercial experience in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical devices, and health services industries. She worked for major industry players such as CSL Limited and Merck Sharp & Dohme, the Australian subsidiary of Merck Inc. Ms Peach’s most recent executive position was as the Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand and Executive Vice President, South Asia Pacific for Fresenius Kabi, a leading provider of pharmaceutical products and medical devices to hospitals.

Previously, Ms Peach was Vice President, Business Development, for CSL Limited, a position she held for ten years.  Ms Peach has substantial international and local expertise in the areas of pharmaceutical/medical device product development, commercialisation of products and technologies, marketing and sales, licensing, M&A and international expansions. She has overseen manufacturing, logistics, regulatory affairs, quality assurance, clinical services, human resources, finance, information technology, public policy, business development, marketing and sales at Managing Director and CEO level. 

Ms Peach is Chairman of Pacific Smiles Group Limited, and a Non-Executive Director of the ASX-listed Monash IVF Group Limited, and Visioneering Technologies, Inc. Ms Peach is also a member of the Hudson Institute of Medical Research Board. Ms Peach is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Marketing Institute.

Specific skills and experience areas

With over 25 years’ experience in various senior executive roles within ASX listed and international pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, as well as numerous non-executive directorships in the biotechnology/pharmaceutical sector, Ms Peach’s experience covers all key areas described in the Board skills matrix. In particular, Ms Peach has substantial expertise as a leader in healthcare and scientific research; pharmaceutical/product development; licensing and commercialisation of innovation; science and technology; sales, marketing and business development; strategy and risk management; remuneration; and M&A/capital markets.

 

David McIntyre CPA, LL.B., MBA and B. Econs (Acc)

Independent non-executive director (appointed 1 March 2020) – resides in the United States

Mr McIntyre has more than 20 years of executive experience including 18 years in the life sciences sector, having held various C-suite level roles at Tessa Therapeutics, Inc., AVITA Therapeutics, Inc., HeartWare® International, Inc., and Braeburn, Inc. Mr McIntyre’s experience also includes seven years as a Partner at Apple Tree Partners, a multi-billion-dollar life science venture capital and growth equity fund, giving him a deep knowledge of, and extensive contacts, in the US pharma, medical device and biotech markets. During this time, Mr McIntyre served as a non-executive director of several United States life science companies. Prior to entering life sciences, Mr McIntyre practiced as a senior attorney at Baker & McKenzie and KPMG specialising in M&A, initial public offerings, and corporate law and also held various senior finance roles in both multi-national companies and small growth companies.

Mr McIntyre is based in the United States and brings to the table an international lens on life science licensing and commercialisation, marketing and business and development, and M&A/capital markets. Mr McIntyre has significant experience in the areas of accounting/corporate finance, audit and risk, strategy, and risk management.  

Mr McIntyre holds a Bachelor of Economics (Accounting) from the University of Sydney, Australia, a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Technology, Sydney and a Masters of Business Administration from Duke University Fuqua School of Business (Fuqua Scholar) from Durham, North Carolina, in the United States of America. Mr McIntyre is a Certified Practising Accountant and is also admitted as a legal practitioner of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and of the High Court of Australia.

Specific skills and experience areas

With more than 20 years of executive experience including 18 years in the life science sector, Mr McIntyre’s experience covers all key areas described in the Board skills matrix. In particular, Mr McIntyre has substantial expertise in accounting/corporate finance, audit and risk; M&A/capital markets; governance; licensing and commercialisation of innovation; strategy and risk management, having held executive roles including Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer. He has also had significant experience with United States based companies in the medical device, biotechnology and pharmaceutical sector.

 

Lynda Cheng B.Com, LLB (Hons), GAICD

Independent non-executive director (appointed 1 August 2021) 

Ms Cheng has a strong background in finance with more than 25 years of experience as a finance executive including more than 15 years at Visy Industries/Pratt Holdings and 10 years in investment banking. She has significant commercial and international corporate expertise including experience in financial services, manufacturing, export finance, infrastructure, education as well as market entry, growth, and technology. 

Ms Cheng is currently Director of Corporate Development and Mergers & Acquisitions at Visy Industries / Pratt Holdings and has held various other roles in the group including CFO. Ms Cheng’s earlier roles include as a lawyer at Blake Dawson, before moving into investment banking with J.P. Morgan in their Melbourne, Sydney, San Francisco, and New York offices. 

Ms Cheng is currently a non-executive director of Export Finance Australia and a member of the Wesley College Council. Ms Cheng previously served as a member of the Australian Government's International Development Policy Expert Panel and Deputy Chair and Chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee of South East Water.

 Ms Cheng holds a Bachelor of Law (Honours) and Commerce degree, majoring in actuarial studies and economics, from the University of Melbourne and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Specific skills and experience areas

With over 25 years’ experience as a finance executive, including substantial international experience and several non-executive directorships, Ms Cheng’s experience covers the majority of key areas described in Starpharma’s Board skills matrix. In particular, she has substantial expertise in accounting/corporate finance, audit and risk; M&A/capital markets; strategy and risk management; governance; as well as business development. Ms Cheng has had involvement in the commercialisation of new innovations during her tenure at South East Water and also while working with disruptive technology companies in Silicon Valley.