Peter Earps

An energetic senior manager with 38 years pharmaceutical industry experience and a proven track record in managing Commercial and Clinical aspects: Quality, Manufacturing and Sourcing Organisations, in both the USA and Europe.

An active QP (since 1986) and fully compliant with the Continued Professional Development requirements of EC Regulatory authorities.

Career History

Hillside Pharma Services Ltd

Owner and Principal Consultant (2007 to date)

Private Consultancy offering Quality Assurance Compliance advice, Technical and Professional services to the Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, Biological and Medical Device industries.

  • Pfizer Corp – PowderMed (Oxford,UK)- Needle-free delivery system for DNA Vaccines
  • Avecia Biologicals – UK MoD DSTL, US NIH Anthrax Vaccine Project

Novartis AG, Basel, Switzerland

Novartis Vaccines & Diagnostics, Liverpool, UK (2006 to date)

  • Interim Head, Procurement Europe (2006 to date)


Transfer to Procurement undertaken as an opportunity to expand experience beyond technical capability.

  • Successful Leadership of vaccines Procurement in European Region
  • Leadership of Integration activities for procurement up to functional reorganisation implementation
  • 2007 Savings (to date) of 10m USD on a 180 m USD spend (Yr target 4%)

Chiron Corp, CA, USA

Chiron Vaccines, Liverpool, UK (2003 to 2006)

  • Interim Head, Vaccines procurement (2005 to 2006)
  • Interim Head, Site Quality Operations (2004 to 2005)
  • Head, Quality Systems Chiron Vaccines (2003 to 2004)


  • Leadership of Global Vaccines Procurement
  • Established robust Functional performance measures
  • Implementing Category management process for top ten spend categories
  • Introducing detailed spend and opportunity analyses
  • Introducing Supplier Relationship management to key suppliers
  • 2006 Achieved savings of 21m USD on 380m spend (5.5% vs target 4%)


  • Successfully project managed the completion of the remediation plan.
  • Manufacturing Licence restored in March 2005
  • Recruitment of key individuals for rebuilding the site Quality function


  • Implementation of common standards (GMP/GCP/GLP) programme
  • Harmonisation of Quality systems across Chiron vaccine sites world-wide
  • Initiation of Vendor Assurance and Contract Manufacturing quality programmes
  • Development of the Clinical and R&D Quality functions, oversight of CMOs/CROs

PowderJect Pharmaceuticals

  • Vice President of Group Quality (2002 to 2003)
  • Head of Liverpool Site Quality Operations (2000 to 2002)

  • Responsible for PowderJect worldwide Quality and Compliance function.
  • Implemented Group Quality manual with common Group Technical Standards
  • Responsibility for 220 people based in USA and Europe
  • Formulated and implemented the Group Quality/Compliance strategy
  • Set up focussed compliance groups at each site with action associated plans
  • Recruited key functional personnel
  • Successful regulatory inspection(s) in Sweden and UK (Canada, MHRA and US FDA)
  • Implemented process robustness audits for main products at Ops Sites
  • Alignment of quality management within customer R&D projects
  • Initiation of Vendor Assurance programme for group
  • Set up of Facility Design Review Process for Ops Sites
  • Responsible for Quality Assurance ,GMP Compliance, QC, Validation and Reg Affs.
  • Implemented QP training programme
  • Gap analysis of cGMP status and Implemented improvement plan
  • Successful MCA/FDA GMP and PAI inspections 

Norton Healthcare (NHC), UK

  • Head of Site Quality Operations UK/Ireland (1993 to 2000)


Medeva Pharma plc, UK

  • Technical Manager (1988 to 1993)


Evans Heathcare

  • Site QA Manager (1988 to 1991)
  • Site Biological Control Manager (1985 to 1988)

  • QA,QC and Compliance functions
  • Management of QC Labs


Glaxo, Speke, Liverpool, UK 1973 to 1985


  • Manufacturing and QC roles in the fields of Solid Dose, Inhalation, Vaccine and Injectable production


Education / Professional Qualifications

1986   Eligible to act as a Qualified Person (maintained with Continued Profession Development)

1985   Dip Pharm QA, Sunderland Polytechnic

1983   Member of Institute of Biology (Chartered Biologist)

1981   BSc (Hons) Applied Biology, Liverpool Polytechnic

1976   HNC Applied Biology, Liverpool Polytechnic