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Our Team

We are expert European regulatory affairs consultants.

As data-driven regulatory affairs consultants, where we excel is in digging into the data you already have and using it to put you in the strongest position possible with health authorities and national competent authorities.

Our specialist consultants have built their scientific and technical expertise over decades working in pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, as well as life science and regulatory consulting.

We understand how important it is to constantly evaluate the regulatory landscape for new regulation and legislation across life sciences sectors.

Being an integral partner in the development of new and innovative medicines for patients is what motivates us.

Expert Regulatory Affairs Consultants

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Tom Oakley

Founder and Principal Regulatory Affairs Consultant

Tom has spent more than 20 years in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, mostly in regulatory affairs. His career started with a DPhil (doctorate) from Oxford University, studying genome integrity in cancer. Since then, he has worked on European and global regulatory projects in industry and consulting – including agency meetings, scientific advice, orphan drug applications, paediatric investigation plans and new drug application/marketing authorisation application submissions. Most recently, Tom held the role of Executive Vice President of European Regulatory Development at ProPharma Group, where he was responsible for a team of 40 consultants. Tom was formerly Head of Regulatory Sciences at Southwood Research – an industry-leading regulatory consulting group, established by Colin Wheeler.
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Colin Wheeler

Co-Founder and Clinical Regulatory Affairs Consultant

Colin founded Southwood Research in 2016 – the company quickly became a major drug development and regulatory consulting group. Southwood Research supported numerous global (new drug application/marketing authorisation application) filings – frequently for new oncology or rare disease therapeutics. Southwood Research was acquired by ProPharma Group in 2019, and Colin joined the ProPharma Group Leadership Team. Colin has more than 20 years’ experience of drug development and regulatory roles in both the EU and US. Colin is qualified as a UK Registered Physician (MBChB) with Diploma of Pharmaceutical Medicine (DipPharmMed) and is a Fellow of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine (FFPM).
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Vicky Abbott

Expert Regulatory Affairs Consultant

Vicky has more than 25 years of experience in regulatory affairs and acts as an Expert Regulatory Advisor to our clients. Vicky has worked in numerous roles in pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, in addition to roles in consulting organizations. She has extensive regulatory experience in global drug development, covering a wide range of therapeutic areas, including oncology, virology, gastroenterology, and metabolism.

Vicky has hands-on experience in a broad range of regulatory activities and submissions, including agency meetings, scientific advice, orphan drug applications, paediatric investigation plans, marketing authorization applications and post-approval variations. Vicky also brings a comprehensive understanding of the drug development process to her role.

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Karen Ilsley

Finance Manager

Karen has over 20 years’ experience as an operations manager, specializing in business and office management. She has a wealth of experience managing regulatory contracts, confidentiality agreements (CDAs) and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). Karen manages all the day-to-day financial aspects and financial tracking for our regulatory affairs consultancy businesses – including payroll, budget tracking, payments and reconciliations.
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Nicole Brooks

Regulatory Affairs Consultant and Copywriter

Nicole has 2 years’ experience as a regulatory consultant in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Nicole also has a background in clinical research, having coordinated large scale prospective cancer epidemiological studies at Oxford University and delivering COVID trials and non-interventional cancer and orthopedic studies. Nicole has an MSc in Clinical Nutrition and a BSc in Psychology with Sport and Exercise Science. Nicole is also qualified by the SEO Content Institute as an SEO Copywriter and has written copy for websites, blogs, whitepapers, flyers and case studies in the regulatory affairs and health industries.