About this event

  • Date and time Wed 27 Oct 2021 from 7:00pm to 8:05pm
  • Location Online

Register here to join our In Conversation Live with Sir Richard Sykes

Sir Richard Sykes FRS FMedSci HonFREng HonFREng, Chairman of the Royal Institution and the UK Stem Cell Foundation, Chair of the Trustees at King Edward 7th Hospital, and Chancellor of Brunel University, will be joining Professor Roger Kirby, RSM President, for a conversation about his career in pharmaceuticals, medicine, and biomedical research, his role as Chair of the UK Government Vaccine Task Force and the current state of the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out and top-up jabs, and finally, Sir Richard will be talking about the important work of the UK Stem Cell Foundation.  

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Sir Richard Sykes joined Glaxo Research in 1972 as Head of its Antibiotic Research Unit. In 1977 he moved to the USA to join the Squibb Institute for Medical Research where he progressed to Vice President, before re-joining Glaxo in the UK as Chief Executive of Glaxo Group Research in 1986.

In March 1993 Sir Richard was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive of Glaxo, taking on the same roles at Glaxo Wellcome in 1997, following the acquisition of Wellcome. He subsequently led the company until 2002, through the formation of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).

Sir Richard was Rector of Imperial College London from 2001 to 2008, Senior Independent Director of Rio Tinto plc from 1997 to 2008, Chairman of NHS London from December 2008 to July 2010, the Senior Non-Executive Director of Eurasian National Resources Corp. until 2011, the vice-Chairman of Lonza Group until 2013, Director at Economic Development Board International (EDBI) Pte Ltd from 2011 to June 2018, Chairman of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust from 2012 to 2018, and he was Chairman of NetScientific plc from 2010 to 2019.

Sir Richard is Chair of the UK Government Vaccine Task Force, Chairman of the Royal Institution of Great Britain, King Edward VII’s Hospital, UK Stem Cell Foundation, and Singapore Biomedical Sciences International Advisory Council. He is a Non-executive Director of PDS Biotechnology (PDSB). He is the President of the Research and Development Society and the Chancellor of Brunel University.

He is also a mentor at the Chairman Mentors international (CMi) who are global leaders in mentoring.

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