Senior Country Manager, Vertex UK & Ireland

Nicola is an internationally experienced leader in Life Sciences and has extensive experience leading global, European and country teams across multiple therapeutic areas, with a particular expertise in rare diseases. Nicola is particularly passionate about culture development, enabling performance and talent development, and is highly skilled in building high-performing, resilient and inspired teams.

As Senior Country Manager for Vertex UK & Ireland, Nicola oversees the UK & Ireland commercial team and provides cross-functional leadership to the country team headquartered in London. Prior to her appointment at Vertex, Nicola held numerous leadership roles within the pharmaceutical sector, including Global Franchise Head at Shire and Managing Director of Colonis Pharmaceuticals. In addition to this, Nicola managed her own consultancy, where she provided strategic guidance on medicine launches to a wide range of UK & European biopharmaceutical companies. Over her career Nicola has been involved in several cross-industry initiatives, having previously served as an ABPI board member, where she led the ‘Access in Rare Diseases’ industry task force to improve access and funding for patients with rare diseases.