Outstanding Contribution Winner 2019

Sponsored By Sembcorp UK

The Outstanding Contribution Award, sponsored by Sembcorp UK, is aimed at recognising an individual, at any level in industry, who has not only made a hugely significant contribution to the process sector but has been an inspiration to the people within it – and displayed with a level of dedication that goes above and beyond the call of duty.

Winner: Helen Bickley, VP of Quality Operations, FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies

The recipient of this year’s Outstanding Achievement Award is currently the UK Vice President of Quality Operations at FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnology. Our winner has been an integral part of FUJIFILM’s period of sustained growth, whilst at the same time putting the patient’s needs at the centre of their endeavours.

Our winner is widely respected both within the company and nationally as a leading Subject Matter expert, and sought-after speaker, in the increasingly important area of Good Manufacturing for medicines used in clinical trials.

Having graduated in Chemistry at Exeter University in 1993, they went on to join Shell as an analytical chemist. After a year on Teesside with Fine Organics, a relocation to the North West to join Avecia was next in store. With Avecia, they first became a senior analyst before making the decision to return to the region and the Billingham site to join the biologics business as a QC team leader.

Our winner’s career progressed quickly with what is now FUJIFILM, moving into Quality Assurance in 2007, first as a QA manager in the Development Business and the following year taking over as Head of Quality for the business unit.

In this role, our winner was instrumental in creating a strong working partnership with manufacturing; not an easy thing to achieve but indicative of the respect they held. In this high-profile role, their exceptional customer relationship building allowed them to work successfully with a range of clients from small biotechs to major pharmaceutical giants.

In 2009, our winner moved from the Development Business into the Commercial Business, allowing the very important responsibility of leading FUJIFILM through a series of regulatory inspections by UK, US, Turkish, South Korean and Brazilian authorities. Each was successfully concluded, contributing to securing the future of large-scale manufacturing at Billingham.

As the business reorganised, their remit grew to encompass Quality Assurance of all the manufacturing units and the oversight of the Quality Control department where their career had begun. As an important leader within the global organisation, they made a valued contribution to the harmonisation of quality standards across the US and UK sites of FUJIFILM.

Beneficiary School: Egglescliffe School

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