Co-optees to the TOPRA Board of Directors

The TOPRA Board of Directors  plays a key role in shaping our strategy and ensuring that we are delivering the very best support for our members and the wider global regulatory affairs community. The Directors’ valued knowledge, skills and experience provide us with the leadership we need in order to support the profession and help it grow. However we also need to ensure that the diverse range of voices that make up today’s profession are heard and represented.

As signatories to the Science Council Declaration on Diversity , we are committed to encouraging diversity and inclusivity throughout our organisation, which is why we are appointing two co-optees to our Board of Directors for a period of 12 months. Unlike the Directors who are elected, co-optees are appointed by the Board to contribute specific experience and skills and invited to Board meetings to share their views.

Our 2023 Board co-optees are:

Office Term Name and professional position Career summary
Co-optee 1 year   

Jack Bacon

Jack is a biomedical science graduate with over 12 years’ experience in healthcare. After graduating, he began his regulatory affairs career in the medical device industry. Following roles at Lloyds Pharmacy and as a Locum Dispenser, he is currently Senior Regulatory Affairs Specialist and person responsible for regulatory compliance (PRRC) at Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD).
Co-optee  1 year  

Brian Cleary

Brian is a senior manager with over 20 years’ experience in a wide range of business sectors. Following his role as Marketing Manager for Acorn Regulatory Consultancy Services, he is now Global Senior Marketing Manager at NSF where he is responsible for global marketing strategy in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology consulting sectors.


We want to involve individuals from TOPRA’s voting members who reflect the changing demographic of the regulatory affairs profession and can bring fresh perspective to the way the Board thinks. To help us broaden its representation, we actively encourage applications from minority ethnic candidates, people with disabilities, who identify as non-binary, and men.

Unlike full Board members, co-optees will not have voting rights or legal responsibilities but they will be able to positively influence TOPRA’s future direction, and gain experience that will assist with career development and even a future application for a Board position.

If you are interested in becoming a future co-optee and would like to find out more, then please email our Chief Executive Kevin Pay with your CV and an initial supporting statement.

Kevin Pay, TOPRA Chief Executive, on equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging:

Kevin PayTOPRA is an open organisation and wants to be sure that all regulatory professionals, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, race, geographical location or physical capability, can take advantage of our member services and training or volunteering opportunities. We will identify any areas in which there are barriers and address them, and hope that our members will feel able to tell us where we could do better.”