Knowledge based, science led business, Concept Life Sciences, has further strengthened its senior management team with the appointment of three executives.

  • Dave Watson has been appointed Managing Director of Scientific Analysis Laboratories (part of the Concept Life Sciences Group);
  • Sarah Taylor as Group HR Director;
  • and, David Wood (co-founder of Scientific Analysis Laboratories) has been appointed as Group Head of Technical Affairs & Quality.

Dave Watson joins Scientific Analysis Laboratories, a provider of accredited analytical services, with over 25 years’ experience in the delivery of technical and scientific solutions; 14 of which saw him hold main board positions. Most recently Dave spent three years as Managing Director at Chemtest where he was responsible for the ongoing commercial development across the UK and Ireland.

A chartered chemist and a recognised member of the Royal Society of Chemistry Dave said: “I am delighted to be joining the Concept Life Sciences Group at such an exciting time and am looking forward to working with the team to deliver continued growth through the Scientific Analysis Laboratories business”.

New Group HR Director, Sarah Taylor, brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Concept Life Sciences. She has a Masters in Strategic Human Resources and also has significant industry experience having been Divisional HR Director for Intertek (Global Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals). With over 18 years industry experience Sarah brings a specific skill-set to Concept Life Sciences including acquisition integration, organisation design, talent management and internal communications. Sarah is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD).

Commenting on her appointment Sarah said: “Each of the businesses under the Concept Life Sciences’ group has a strong track record and are well positioned for further development. I look forward to working with the leadership team to support their strategic objectives and to grow the business further.”

David Wood, Group Head of Technical Affairs & Quality, co-founded Scientific Analysis Laboratories in 1990 and was responsible for the technical and quality aspects of the laboratories until it was acquired by Concept Life Sciences in 2014. In his new role David will be responsible for new product development and reviewing the latest methodologies across the group. In addition he will take the lead on quality matters, including the group company certifications and accreditations, such as GLP, GMP and ISO Standards.

Commenting on the new appointments, Michael Fort, Concept Life Sciences Chairman said: “I am delighted to welcome Dave and Sarah to the team and congratulate David on his new position. These appointments are important to the future growth of the Concept Life Sciences group and further bolster our credentials and experience in the science arena.”

Notes to editors:

Concept Life Sciences is an international scientific and consultancy business comprising Peakdale Molecular, Scientific Analysis Laboratories, CXR Biosciences, Agenda1 and Resource and Environmental Consultants. The group currently has over 500 staff in ten core locations, with plans to expand into continental Europe and the USA.