Meet the Team

  • Rosie Newlands

    Managing Director

    Mrs Rosie Newlands is the Managing Director of EPP Ltd taking over from Dr Stephen Newlands on 1st August 2022. Rosie is a graduate in Mathematics [BSc] from Edinburgh University and holds an MSc from the University of Strathclyde. Rosie has worked at EPP Ltd since 2002.

  • Dr David Tredgett

    General and R&D Manager

    David is a graduate chemist [B.Sc. Hons. (1st class)] and also holds a Ph.D. in synthetic and mechanistic organic chemistry both from the University of Edinburgh. David commenced his industrial career as an R&D and scale-up production chemist with Avocado Research Chemicals (now Alfa Aesar) in Lancashire, England. David joined EPP in 2002 working firstly as a synthetic organic chemist in the R&D Department and has had various increasingly important managerial roles within the company including that of Production Manager, then QA Manager. David has been responsible for the operational side of the business as General Manager since 2013 and has ultimate legal responsibility for the GLP service in his capacity of GLP Named Operator. David is an active member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (professional qualification, MRSC) and is a Member of the Research Quality Association (“MRQA”).

  • Dr Karen Anderson

    QA Manager

    After graduating from Edinburgh University with an honours degree in Chemistry with Industrial Experience (Merck, Sharpe and Dohme) Karen remained at the university to complete her PhD in Natural Product Synthesis. From 2002-2004 Karen worked as a Research Associate at AMRI, Syracuse, NY. Karen joined EPP in 2004 working in the synthetic team before moving into Quality Assurance in 2011 and has been the QA Manager since 2013.

  • Bruce Craig

    Analytical and Screening Services Manager

    Bruce joined EPP Ltd in May 2008 as Analytical Services Manager from previous employment at Charles River (previously Inveresk Research) where he spent 20 years as a study director in the agrochemical registration field. Bruce has conducted over 400 programmes of work in the 5-Batch Analysis and physico-chemical testing area. He has undertaken registration studies on new molecules for multinational companies as well as many studies conducted for off-patent generic molecules.

  • Team Members (A-Z)

  • William Arbuckle

    Study Director, Analytical (GLP)

    Wullie is one of our Study Director’s in the Analytical Services group. He joined EPP in 2012.

    Prior to joining EPP he was a Senior Scientist in the physico-chemical analysis group at MSD.

  • David J Barrie

    Facilities & Circular Economy Officer

    David joined EPP in 2021 and is a fully qualified vehicle mechanic, having served over 25 years in the motor trade industry. David is also a qualified Butcher serving 8 years in the trade.

    Hobbies include restoring vintage cars, photography, scootering, and his ever increasing vinyl collection.

  • Maria Gillespie

    Archivist and Document Controller

    Maria joined EPP in 2019 as our Archivist and document controller in the GLP section of the company.

  • Derek Godden

    Study Director, Analytical (GLP)

    Derek graduated from Napier University with a BSc (Hons) in Applied Chemistry. Derek joined the GLP group of EPP in 2011 following his employment at Inveresk Research (Charles River Laboratories) where he was a study director for a number of year.

    Derek has been a Senior Study Director with EPP since 2012.

  • Sharon McCluskie

    Administration Manager

    Sharon joined EPP in 2019 as our Administration Manager with a wealth of admin knowledge and experience.

    Working in an ever-changing and busy environment, she covers all aspects of the business day-to day-administration including marketing and communications.

  • John McPherson

    Senior Scientific Officer (GLP)

    John is one of the Senior Scientific Officers who joined EPP in 2012. He has over 20 years’ experience as an analytical chemist in both the pharmaceutical and agrochemical industries.

    John is highly experienced in Mass spectrometry (MS) and heads up the Screening Team.

  • Joanne Nelson

    Lab Orderly

    Joanne joined EPP in 2000 and is one of our longest serving team members.

    Joanne is responsible for ensuring our laboratory glassware and labs are kept to a high standard of cleanliness and keeps all our Chemists and lab staff in check!

    Joanne also oversees all the daily fume hood and temperature checks.

  • Eilidh Paterson

    Deputy Analytical Manager

    Eilidh joined EPP in 2010 and has over 20 years’ experience in the CRO sector, having previously worked at Charles River Laboratories. Eilidh has worked as a Study Director on 5-Batch Analysis and physio-chemical studies and took on the role of deputy manager of the Analytical Services group in 2014. Eilidh supports Bruce in the day-to-day management of the Analytical Services group and works closely with all staff to maintain and improve the GLP quality management system.

    Eilidh holds a BSc(Hons) in Applied Chemistry from the University of Strathclyde.

  • Dr Marc Stockwell

    GLP Analyst

    Marc obtained a MChem in Chemistry with Forensic and Analytical Chemistry in 2018 from the University of Strathclyde. He then completed his doctoral studies at the University of Edinburgh in the chemical analysis of Scotch Whisky using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. Marc is also a Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC) and currently holds a registered scientist (RSci) status with the RSC.

    Marc joined EPP Ltd at the tail end of 2022 as an analyst and brings experience from working in both a GMP and a research environment.

  • Jurijs Svedovs

    Study Director (GLP)

    During his student years (bachelor degree 2002-2006) Jurijs participated in an apprenticeship at the Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis (2003-2006).

    During and after graduating with an master degree in Chemistry (2006-2008), Jurijs went on to work in research with the Laboratory of Hygiene and Occupational Diseases (2006-2011) attaining over five years of work experience in research, field sampling techniques, and working to good laboratory practice (GLP), in the field of occupational health and safety testing.

    Jurijs joined EPP in 2014 as an analyst and since 2016 as a Study Director on studies of various nature: physico-chemical characterisation, 5-batch analysis and ecotoxicology, supporting regulatory requirements for the agrochemical, pharmaceutical and animal health sectors.

    Jurijs first language is Russian.

  • Christopher Wong

    Study Director (GLP)

    Chris joined EPP as an Analyst in 2018 after completing a Masters in Pharmaceutical Analysis at Strathclyde University. His Masters project was in developing a rapid HPLC column characterisation method sponsored by Shimadzu UK.

    Since starting at EPP, Chris has been continuously developing and is now a trainee Study Director and is also responsible for GLP NMR analysis at EPP.

  • Dr Alan Zhao

    Deputy R&D Manager

    After obtaining a MChem degree in Medicinal and Biological Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh, Alan stayed at the same university to complete his PhD study in Chemical Biology.

    Alan joined EPP Ltd in 2021 as a scientific officer (commercialisation officer) and was promoted to Deputy R&D Manager in 2023.

    Alan is fluent in Mandarin.