The Diurnal Board combines many years of business acumen, first-hand intellectual property experience and financial expertise to support the company.

Interim Chairman, Board Representative of IP Group Plc – Sam Williams

Sam Williams, MA PhD - Interim Chairman, Board representative of IP Group plc

Sam Williams is Interim Chairman of the Board of Directors of Diurnal and is also the Board representative for IP Group Plc. Sam has 20 years' experience in the biotechnology industry, both as a top-ranked equity analyst in the City and, subsequently, as an entrepreneur and chief executive. He is Head of Life Sciences at IP Group plc, Executive Chairman of Istesso Ltd and Non-Executive Chairman of both Microbiotica Ltd and Glythera Ltd. Sam holds a PhD in molecular biology from Cambridge and a degree in biology from Oxford.

Chief Executive Officer - Martin Whitaker

Martin Whitaker, BSc PhD - Chief Executive Officer

Martin Whitaker is Chief Executive Officer of Diurnal with overall responsibility for delivering the Group's commercial objectives. Martin has over 20 years' experience in the pharmaceutical industry and has led the Diurnal team to progress the Company’s lead products, Chronocort® and Infacort®, into pivotal Phase III clinical trials. Martin is also Director of D3 Pharma Limited which has successfully commercialised Plenachol®, a high dose Vitamin D product prescribed in the UK. Previously, Martin worked for Fusion IP plc with responsibility for commercialising research from the Medical School at the University of Sheffield.  Prior to this, Martin was Operations Director of Critical Pharmaceuticals Limited, a venture capital-backed drug delivery company spun out of the University of Nottingham developing long-acting growth hormone products. Martin is a biochemist by background and has a PhD in Pharmaceutical Science from the University of Nottingham and a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry from Bristol University. Martin also spent a year working for the pharmaceutical company, Pfizer, in Sandwich (UK). He is Honorary Professor of Medical Innovation at The University of Sheffield.

Chief Financial Officer - Richard Bungay

Richard Bungay, BSc ACA - Chief Financial Officer

Richard Bungay is Chief Financial Officer of Diurnal. Richard has over 20 years’ experience in senior finance and strategic roles within the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sector, mostly recently as CFO and COO of Mereo BioPharma, a company focused on developing treatments for rare and specialty diseases. His prior experience includes CFO of Glide Technologies. CFO of Verona Pharma, CEO (formerly CFO) of Chroma Therapeutics, Director of Corporate Communications and Strategic Planning at Celltech and finance director of the Respiratory and Inflammation therapy area at AstraZeneca. He qualified as a chartered accountant with Deloitte and has a first class degree in Chemistry from Nottingham University. 

Chief Scientific Officer - Richard Ross

Richard Ross, MBBS MD FRCP - Chief Scientific Officer

Richard Ross is a founding Director of Diurnal and Chief Scientific Officer and is contracted to perform work for the Group by the University pursuant to the terms of a secondment agreement and a research agreement. He is a Professor of Clinical Endocrinology and Head of the Academic Unit of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of Sheffield and was previously a Senior Lecturer at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, London. Richard’s primary research interest is pituitary and adrenal disease with a particular focus on hormone replacement. His research has yielded over 200 papers, more than 30 granted patents and publications in Nature Medicine, Nature Reviews Endocrinology, Nature Genetics, The Lancet, The BMJ and PNAS. He has been a member of the editorial boards of Clinical Endocrinology and the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism and served as an elected member of the executive committees for the European Society of Endocrinology (Treasurer), the Society for Endocrinology and Growth Hormone Research Society.

Non-Executive Director, Board representative of Finance Wales - Alan Raymond

Alan Raymond, BSc PhD - Non-Executive Director, Board representative of Finance Wales

Alan Raymond is an industry veteran with over 30 years of international marketing and general management experience within the pharmaceutical and biomedical industry. Alan was appointed to the board of Diurnal Limited by Finance Wales in April 2015. Most recently, Alan was the Sales and Marketing Director at Aesica Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Aesica was subsequently acquired by Consort Medical plc in September 2014. During his career, Alan progressed through senior executive and marketing roles in Banner Pharmacaps, RP Scherer, Reckitt and Colman, Eli Lilly, and MSD, within the UK, Netherlands and Australia. Prior to his industrial career, Alan was a postdoctoral researcher in the Cardiothoracic Research Institute (London) and he holds a PhD in Invertebrate Neurobiology from St. Andrews University.

Independent Non-Executive Director - John Goddard

John Goddard, BA FCA MCT - Independent Non-Executive Director

John Goddard has had a distinguished career in the global pharmaceutical industry, the majority of which was with AstraZeneca, where he was ultimately Head of Group Strategic Planning and Business Development. Prior to his retirement from AstraZeneca in 2010, he was responsible for a 100 strong global team focused on M&A and licensing, which completed around 75 transactions in four years including several acquisitions, in-licensing and out-licensing of compounds and disposals. Latterly, Mr. Goddard became Chairman of two AstraZeneca subsidiaries, Aptium Oncology in the US and Astratech in Sweden. He is currently a non-executive director of Oxford Pharmascience plc and Intas Pharmaceuticals Limited. John is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers. John joined the Group in November 2015.