Recruiting and Retaining Staff and Developing Leadership

Recruiting and Retaining Staff and Developing Leadership
The TOPRA Roundtable programme has been designed to enable regulatory affairs professionals to discuss their challenges and learn from each other’s experiences in industry and agencies. They offer the chance to be part of a unique learning experience which will enable you to contribute to lively debates and develop action plans that you can implement in your organisation with confidence.

: 30 April 2024
Where: TOPRA OFFICE, 3 Harbour Exchange, London, E14 9GE, United Kingdom 
Time: 12:00 - 17:00

Who Should Attend?

This session is relevant to anyone who is recruiting staff and wants to minimise the risks involved in the recruitment process. It will also be useful to those who want to retain team members through enabling and encouraging development of their leadership skills.

There will also be an opportunity to discuss how other delegates have tackled workplace attendance since the end of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Attendees from different types of organisation will be able to identify ideas that can be implemented within their own companies, taking into account their particular constraints and flexibility.

Areas of Discussion

The discussion will be as free flowing as possible around the following key discussion points:

  • The needs of today’s talent market where their expectations on better life-work balance, company culture and values, and whole benefit packages are critical to attracting and retaining talent.
  • Recurring recruitment themes and how leadership practices promote the goals of a team and see the potential for development in all, creating longer lasting and fulfilling careers within the workplace.


    Nicole Small   Nicole Small FTOPRA, Senior Manager, Medical Technologies, Element Materials Technology

    Nicole is a highly experienced regulatory professional with a depth and breadth of experience in the safety, performance, and regulation of medical devices – a career spanning over 30 years; of which 20 years were at senior level at the MHRA (the UK regulator).

    She has held a range of technical and leadership roles and led on significant educational and operational programs and continues to do so at Element.


    Mary Bolt, Principal Recruitment Consultant, CK Group.
    Mary specialises in recruiting for regulatory affairs and medical affairs professionals. Following a degree in Physiology and Pharmacology (Biological Sciences) from the University of Leicester, Mary worked in Pharmaceutical manufacturing at Teva before moving to recruitment and joining CK.

    Mary is the main point of contact for Regulatory affairs recruitment at CK and has supported recruitment at all levels from graduates through to leadership positions within companies ranging from start-ups and consultancies to leading global pharma.

        David Alanby Johnson, Regulatory Affairs Group Director, Astra Zeneca.
    David is a Regulatory Affairs Group Director at Astra Zeneca and supports new recruits and guides them through their initial journey on TOPRA’s apprenticeship and MSc programmes. His main focus over the years has been in Oncology, where he led on multiple CTAs and MAAs, and later on focussed on metrics and compliance reporting. With a focus and interest in people development, David has been a Line Manager for 7 years. He has been in Regulatory Affairs since 1997.



    • Member: £285+VAT*
    • Non-member: £365+VAT*
    30/04/2024 12:00 - 17:00
    3 Harbour Exchange South Quay London E14 9GE UNITED KINGDOM
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