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Our People

The Link team are capable and experienced international executives with a drive to deliver.

JOHN BACON

Group
Chairman

Chairman of LINK Healthcare, John Bacon founded the organisation in the 1990s thereby pioneering the supply of specialist pharmaceuticals in the Australian market. He has a qualifications in both science and business and prior to forming Link held senior positions in both fields across the Asia-Pacific region. He currently also holds non-executive independent director positions with several unrelated companies and not for profit organisations.

JOHANN WILLEMSE

Group
Chief Executive Officer

Before becoming a “pharmapreneur” Johann gained extensive experience in top, multi-national pharmaceutical companies namely: Adcock Ingram, Roussel Labs, Sandoz, Novartis, Aspen Pharma and Pharmaplan. During the past 25 years (of which 15 years was as senior executive), he gained proficiency in Sales Management, Marketing Management, Regulatory Affairs, International Business Development, Finance, Administration, Human Resource Management, Logistics & General Management. He also served as a director of a publicly listed company and have fostered several strategically significant international relationships which culminated in the creation of the Equity Pharma Holdings group in South Africa during 2007. Johann appreciates the value of key human capital and continuously strives to develop a “corpreneurial” culture, enabling and empowering the leaders and the organisation as a whole to think creatively, strategically anticipate opportunities, plan for multiple scenarios and act quickly and decisively.

HEATHER MCNEILL

Country Manager
Link Healthcare New Zealand

Heather is an accomplished Healthcare Executive who has cultivated a track record of ongoing success while delivering innovative business solutions in a variety of challenging and highly regulated healthcare environments. She understands the practicalities of tactical and strategic implementation across the business while delivering customer solutions, working to budget and achieving financial objectives.

She has led commercial initiatives across Asia and globally and held various positions including International Pricing & Reimbursement – Global Manager (USA/UK), Marketing Manager, Business Unit Manager (Australia), Commercial Leader and Product Development Manager. This experience was gained in multinational pharmaceutical companies including GlaxoWellcome, Janssen Cilag, Sanofi-Aventis, Organon and biotech (start up and established) companies including Virionyx, Gene Technology HRNZ, both locally and internationally (while domicile in the USA, UK and Australia).

Heather’s passion and commitment for healthcare, patients and pharmaceuticals originally sparked from a background in Neuroscience research at Auckland University. She has worked for the Health Research Council New Zealand, is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Biological Science with BSc and MSc degrees from Auckland University.

DEBORAH BROWN

Business Manager - Specialty
Australasia

Having spent 20 years in the healthcare industry, Deborah has extensive experience covering a broad range of sectors including biotechnology, OTC/consumer channels, GP’s and hospitals. During this time, Deborah has held numerous positions including sales management, product and marketing management, commercialization manager and business unit manager.

As a strategic marketer and people manager, Deborah thrives in the development and execution of insight-driven marketing plans delivering strategies that achieve sales and profit targets whilst providing sound leadership across the sales and marketing function.

Deborah holds a Bachelor of Science (Biochemistry & Pharmacology) as well as a Bachelor of Business (Marketing).

JULIE GOSPER

Business Manager - NPS
Australasia

Julie is a registered pharmacist and dynamic leader with strong clinical and commercial acumen developed through experience in the hospital environment and private and public healthcare companies.

After beginning her career as a clinical pharmacist Julie moved into a production pharmacist role in the healthcare industry in 2006. Working in a number of specialist and management roles for Fresenius Kabi in Australia, the United Kingdom and Germany, she gained national and international expertise in oncology medicines, clinical operations, project and program management, business process improvement and strategy, quality management, aseptic manufacturing and GMP licensing.

Joining the Link Healthcare group in 2014 Julie is passionate about quality use of medicines, and has a reputation for demonstrating the capacity to balance clinical, regulatory and business requirements, enabling patients and the healthcare community access to medicines and up-to-date information.

GRAEME JOHNSTON

Supply Chain Manager
Australasia

Graeme’s responsibilities cover all aspects of Supply Chain for Australasia. Graeme has over 15 years extensive experience in the healthcare industry. His career has included a main focus of implementing systems and improvements in the supply chain from purchasing through to warehousing/logistics and customer service. Graeme was appointed Supply Chain Manager at Link Healthcare in December 2011.

BRIAN GILMARTIN

Regulatory Affairs Manager
Australasia

Brian began his career in Bioinformatics working for a number of drug discovery start-up companies before joining a genome project at the University of Cambridge.

The past 10 years have been spent providing regulatory services predominantly in a consulting role across a wide spectrum of pharmaceutical products. Brian’s experience has been gained by completing regulatory affairs projects in Europe and the Asia Pacific region with many of the current top 25 pharmaceutical companies in the world as well as a host of speciality and generic companies. Brian has extensive experience in managing pharmaceutical products at every stage of the drug life cycle.

Brian is responsible for ensuring a strategic and integrated Asia Pacific registration strategy for Link Healthcare products whilst providing expert regulatory guidance to current and prospective partners.

Brian holds a BSc (Hons) in Biological Sciences (Biotechnology) as well as an MSc in Bioinformatics.

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