Clinical Research Industry Leaders Think Tank 2017 2017-11-08T20:05:56+00:00

Clinical Research Industry Leaders Think Tank 2017

Clinical Research Industry Leaders Making a difference!

About the Think Tank

The Industry Leaders Think Tank is a unique meeting exclusively for senior industry leaders and nominated directors from the clinical research industry. The meeting brings together respected decision makers and change agents to ensure that discussions are meaningful and that learnings and outcomes can be taken back into organizations to add value.

In response to feedback from last year’s meeting, this year’s Industry Leaders Think Tank will be returning to Stoke Park Country Club in Buckinghamshire, UK (approx. 30 minutes from London Heathrow Airport).

The full day of interactive presentations, networking and round-table discussions will take place on Thursday 14 September 2017.  Please note, there is no charge for participating in this meeting, however attendance is strictly by invitation only. To register your interest please email IAOCR.

Agenda Topics


This high level meeting is run on a not-for-profit basis. It provides sponsoring companies with an opportunity to set themselves apart as organizations that are passionate about workforce quality, the role it plays in improving the effectiveness and efficiency of clinical trials and its impact on the business model.

Email us to find out about sponsorship opportunities.

Please note speakers and sessions are being finalized and are subject to change.

Brexit : Shaping Our Future (Parliamentary Session)


Following wide-spread consultation with industry leaders from across the clinical research sector and interviews with IAOCR’s Industry Leaders Group, IAOCR met with British Prime Minister, Theresa May on 30 June.  Mrs May has subsequently written to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) requesting they identify officials to meet with the IAOCR team to discuss the impact of Brexit on the clinical research community.

IAOCR and Mrs May discussed the paper “Actions Needed to Support Significant Growth Opportunity for the UK Clinical Research Sector Pre-Brexit and Beyond“.

During this facilitated session, industry leaders will be asked to work together to shape a joint vision for the clinical research industry in the UK.

Please note, all senior stakeholders are invited to participate, regardless of where they are based or domiciled.

Workforce Quality & Global Consistency at an Organizational Level

  • Case Study : Clinical Research Workforce Quality Accreditation

SPEAKER : David Buist, Operations Director, SEC

  • The Role of Competence in Achieving Organizational Goals and Objectives

SPEAKER : Elizabeth Edwards, Senior Vice President, Oncology Development, Chiltern

Closing the GCP Loophole : Closing the Gap & Improving Quality


Since 2011 IAOCR has been lobbying for a competence-based approach to clinical research.  The current requirement for experienced staff poses a risk to clinical trials and is detrimental to the sector as a whole.

During this session we will discuss the benefits and challenges of a competence-based model and the progress that has been made over the last six years. This press release “Closing the GCP Loophole to Expedite Clinical Trials” provides background information.

The Workforce of the Future

  • Millennials and the Workforce of the Future  – What’s the Macro Plan?

SPEAKER : To be confirmed.

  • Apprenticeships : Developing the Next Generation of Clinical Research Professionals

SPEAKER : Hannah Barry, Clinical Research Director, GSK

  • Qualified Executive Leader Program (with Kellogg School of Management)

SPEAKER : Angela O’Connell, Global Head of Workforce Quality Services, IAOCR