Concept Life Sciences has an outstanding leadership team with many years’ experience in the industry and a proven track record for success. Many of the team are leading scientists with long and distinguished careers in their chosen field of expertise.


Executive team

Mark Carnegie-Brown


Dr Mark Carnegie-Brown joined as President in June 2019 and brings a wealth of leadership experience from within the life science & health science industry. Mark’s strategic and operational leadership insight includes CEO roles in therapeutics, device and drug delivery and contract manufacturing....

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Mat Hanson

Chief Financial Officer

Mat joined Concept Life Sciences in June 2019 to lead the Finance, IT and Procurement functions. Mat brings a varied and wide range of experience from a career of finance leadership positions that have spanned many different sectors, structures, sizes and geographies. With a degree in law and C...

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Lee Patterson

Chief Operating Officer

Lee joined Concept Life Sciences in Sept 2019 following 30 years experience within Pharma R&D, most recently with Covance Laboratories where he developed his 20 year career from Scientific Management to Global Leadership. The past 5 years up to Lee joining Concept, Lee served as the Executive Dir...

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Helen Inch

HR Director

Helen joined Concept Life Sciences in August 2020 following 20+ years’ experience working at a HR senior leadership level for several customer service operational business, the latest organisation operating within the healthcare sector. Helen, a fellow CIPD member, developed her HR Strategic L...

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Leadership team

David Leese

VP Chemistry Services

David joined Concept Life Sciences in 2003. Since then he has successfully managed numerous teams and projects for global pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies across a wide range of therapeutic areas. He gained his first degree from the University of Bradford and was awarded his PhD in 2...

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Clare Doris

VP Biology Services

Clare joined Aquila at the point of company creation in 2011, after 13 years working in the global CRO sector (previously Quintiles and Aptuit). Along with company founders and Head of Operations (Dr Hayley Gooding), Clare built Aquila into a thriving high-growth company that is innovative and re...

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David Fengas

Director of CMC Services

David joined Concept Life Sciences in 2010 following seven years at Pfizer as a Team Leader supporting various therapeutic areas including allergy & respiratory and pain. During his time at Concept David has successfully managed numerous teams and projects for global pharmaceutical and biotechnol...

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Graeme Clark

VP Bioanalysis and DMPK

Graeme leads the Bioanalytical and DMPK teams that support investigative toxicology and drug discovery customer programs, as well as standalone regulatory bioanalytical functions. He has a proven track record of increasing productivity and implementing novel and emerging technologies. His partic...

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Steven Woolley

Director Analytical Services

Steve joined Concept Life Sciences in July 2019 after spending over 25 years in the life science and Contract Research Organisation Industries. His most recent role prior to joining Concept was Global Head for the Environmental sciences division at Envigo where he was a member of the contract res...

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Tilly Bingham

VP of Science

Matilda Bingham is a medicinal chemist with over 15 years’ experience of working in the pharmaceutical R&D sector in ‘large pharma’ (Organon, Schering-Plough, MSD), Biotech (Redx Pharma) and is currently VP Medicinal Chemistry & Site Director at Concept Life Sciences. Matilda’s early career was...

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Lorraine Bater

Director Food Services

With an IT and operational management background from Unilever; Lorraine joined Zeneca, Alderley Park Cheshire as Head of IT. Later moving into site support as Head of Infrastructure Services at Zeneca’s Central Toxicology Laboratory (CTL), leading site operations and infrastructure. Following th...

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Victoria Light

Head of Program Management

Victoria is an experienced leader with a strong track record of project management and commercial process improvement within the CRO industry. As Head of Program Management she is reviewing the Group’s approach to program management to ensure a robust and consistent process is in place across th...

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Lesley Sutherland

VP of Quality

Joined Concept Life Sciences in Sep 2019 as VP of Quality to oversee the quality systems at all sites and implement a cohesive benchmark system. 25 years’ experience in the life science and biotechnology industry as a quality professional and business consultant. I have established GLP, GMP, ...

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