SK biotek Ireland Leadership2021-11-08T14:35:25+00:00

Joyce Fitzharris

President, SK biotek Ireland

Joyce has worked within the API Pharmaceutical Business for close to 30 years; she studied Analytical Science in Dublin City University (DCU) as an undergraduate degree and has since obtained two Masters Degrees.

Joyce started her career as an Environmental Chemist and spent a few years in various roles in EHS before becoming EHS Director. Having then moved to lead the implementation of Operational Excellence across a number of affiliated API sites and setting up a PMO Office to execute the Strategic Programs for API Operations, she spent some time as Supply Chain Director before moving to the role of Strategy Director and Transition Lead for SK biotek Ireland.

More recently Joyce has been appointed to lead the SK biotek Ireland Business Unit.

Jonathan Horkan

CFO, SK biotek Ireland

Johnny is a qualified Management Accountant and also holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from UCD specializing in Supply Chain Management.
Johnny has over 20 years’ experience in the Pharmaceutical Industry and joined the Swords campus in 2005. He has held various roles in the Finance division before becoming Finance lead in 2016. Most recently, Johnny has taken on the responsibility for all Procurement activities for the site.

Samuel Baron PhD

Director of R&D, SK biotek Ireland

Sam is a PhD Chemist with expertise in production and technology transfer of intermediates and APIs, including HPAPIs. He has over 10 years’ experience in developing, transferring, improving and troubleshooting small molecule API processes.
Sam has been working at SK biotek Ireland’s Swords Campus for 14 years; he is currently leading the R&D group.

Tim Buckley

Global Head of Quality, SK biotek

Tim is an experienced Quality professional having spent over 27 years in the pharmaceutical industry supporting sterile semi solids, oral solid dose drug product and active pharmaceutical ingredient manufacture. Tim has held multiple leadership roles within Quality functions at both site and corporate levels, including the position of Qualified Person, demonstrating effective communication skills combined with detailed product quality and compliance knowledge. Tim joined SK biotek in 2018 as the Global Head of Quality with overall responsibility for the development and consistent implementation of SKBT Quality Management System across its network of sites.

In addition to Tim’s primary degree is in Applied Chemistry & Physics (Trinity College Dublin), Tim also has an MSc in Analytical Chemistry (Dublin City University) and a Post Grad. Dip. in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing ((Trinity College Dublin).

Joanne Kelleher PhD

Director of Quality, SK biotek Ireland

Joanne graduated with a PhD Chemistry from University College Cork. She has been working on Swords Campus for over ten years now. She currently heads up the Quality Assurance and Quality Control teams.

David Forde

Director of Operations, SK biotek Ireland

David has over 19 years of experience in the Pharmaceutical Industry.  He joined Swords Campus in 2002 as an In-Process Chemist. He has held various roles across multiple functions including IT, PMO and Supply Chain, before becoming Operations Lead in 2018, and Operations Director in 2021.  David is responsible for the AIM, Maintenance and Process Engineering teams, as well as all Manufacturing plant-based personnel.

In addition to David’s primary degree in Chemistry (Trinity College Dublin), he has also been awarded a Graduate Diploma in IT (Dublin City University) and a Graduate Diploma in Industrial Relations (Technical University Dublin).

Seamus Ryan

Director of Supply Chain, SK biotek Ireland

Séamus joined Swords Campus in 2013 as Customer Planning Manager, progressing to the Supply Chain manager role in 2015 before being appointed to the position of Supply Chain Director in 2016. Séamus previously held Supply Chain and Logistics leadership roles in the Healthcare, FMCG, Hi-Tech and Construction sectors. Séamus graduated from University College Dublin with a Masters in Economics and holds a 1st Class Honours Masters in Supply Chain Management from Dublin Institute of Technology

Martin O’Halloran

Director of Engineering, SK biotek Ireland

Martin has over 20 years’ experience in the Pharmaceutical industry. He is a chartered engineer and holds a B.E. in Chemical Engineering from University College Dublin (UCD), an MSc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Manchester, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Biopharmaceutical Science from Institute of Technology Sligo.

Martin began his career managing capital projects for a number of Pharma companies in Ireland and Australia. He has worked at the Swords campus for 15 years’ in a variety of roles. He led the process engineering group for a number of years and oversaw the tech transfer of multiple products into and out of the site. Martin is currently the Director of Engineering at SK biotek Ireland, with responsibility for Capital project management, IT, Technical Services & Facilities Management.

Darryl Ratty

Director of Safety, Health & Environment (SH&E) SK biotek Ireland

Darryl has over 14 years of experience working as a Safety, Health & Environmental (SH&E) profession with a number of key roles held at site and corporate level. He has studied in number of areas including, Mechanical Engineering, Quality Management and EHS Management.

Darryl currently heads up the SH&E Department.

Brian Fairley PhD

Director Business Development and Marketing

Brian has 18 years of global experience in the custom development and manufacture of New Chemical Entities and generic Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients. He has worked across the pharma development chain from Drug Discovery through to Commercial Manufacturing, leveraging the strengths of anorganization to bring maximal benefit to his customers.

Following completion of a PhD in Organic chemistry at Heriot-Watt University he joined a leading CDMO and spent his early career working in Process Development before progressing into Sales and Marketing. In this capacity he held leadership positions in the US and Europe, supporting customers across a global footprint. More recently he established and managed European based Operations for another leading global CDMO.

Brian joined SK Biotek in June 2018 as Director, Business Development and Marketing, where he is responsible for Business Development activities and the sales support functions.

Olivia Boyce

Director of Project Management, SK biotek Ireland

Olivia has worked on the Swords Campus for 6 years, having studied Analytical Science in Dublin City University (DCU) as an undergraduate degree and two Masters Degrees – an MPhil in Plant Genetics from Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) and an MBA from the Smurfit School of Business, University College Dublin. She is currently completing an Rc in Work and Organisational Behaviour from DCU. She also holds Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.

Olivia started her career as a Technical Transfer Chemist, progressing to the role of Operations Manager and Director of Operations. She also has extensive experience in Operational Excellence and managed the Swords campus Project Portfolio before joining the Marketing Team as Senior Project Manager before being promoted to Director of Project Management for the Swords Site.

Declan Hannigan

Director of Business Planning, SK biotek Ireland

Declan has worked at Swords Campus for over 6 years; having studied Mechanical Engineering at University College Dublin (UCD) as an undergraduate degree.

Declan started his career as a Maintenance Engineer progressing to Maintenance Manager before moving into the Operations Lead role. Most recently, Declan has taken on the role of Operations Director at the Swords Campus, with responsibility for all production plants, technical services and maintenance.

John Keogh

Director of HR, SK biotek Ireland

John has over 30 years’ experience as a HR professional. He has worked at Swords Campus for over 10 years leading HR for the Site’s previous owners in Ireland as well as at various stages also leading HR at a regional level for Global Manufacturing & Supply. His previous roles have also included regional/global HR Lead roles within the medical device, food, and consumer and professional electronics industries.

John is a qualified Company Secretary and at various times in his career has also had responsibility for Legal affairs. John is Director of HR for SK biotek Ireland.



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