15 Mar 2011
Cogent today announces the Board appointment of pharmaceutical industry leader and champion Nigel Brooksby. Mr Brooksby will represent the life sciences industry on the Cogent Board, and is also the Chair of the Cogent Life Sciences Skills Strategy Board.
Mr Brooksby’s career in the pharmaceuticals industry spans 38 years and saw him rise through the ranks to the position of Sanofi UK/Ireland Ltd Chairman & Managing Director. He now holds several Life Sciences, Academic and Government positions at senior board level.
Mr Brooksby said: “I am delighted to be joining the Cogent Board, to represent the life sciences industry, and support Cogent's work in growing vocational skills as well as developing the right kind of undergraduate and post-graduate courses to satisfy the strategically important science-based Sector.
“The UK is a world leader in life sciences, and it is a sector vital to the future prosperity of the country. Cogent is driving a coordinated approach to workforce development in the sector; this means enhancing the skills of existing workers and developing new talent.”
Cogent CEO Joanna Woolf added: “I’m absolutely delighted to welcome Nigel to the Board, his input to our direction and strategy will be invaluable. We are extremely privileged to be able to benefit from his wide-ranging experience, his vision for the sector and his ability to harness stakeholders and employers around this important agenda.
“Nigel’s appointment is a great boost to our efforts to ensure a highly skilled life sciences industry. Our over-riding objective is to ensure that the life science industries have access to the right skills, at the right time, delivered through flexible, modular and easy to access learning provision which is underpinned by national industry standards.”
Nigel Brooksby joined the pharmaceutical industry as a medical sales representative, and has completed his term as President of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry, a position he combined with his role as Chairman and Managing Director of Sanofi-aventis UK, Europe’s largest pharmaceutical company.