Management Team

Senior Management

Glenn Kerkhof, BCom, MBA

  • Board Member, George Clinical
  • Executive Chairman, George Clinical

Glenn Kerkhof is Executive Chairman of George Clinical. Glenn has over 27 years’ experience in the contract research or drug development industry and joined George Clinical from Chiltern, where he was Chief Executive Officer. Before Chiltern, Glenn served as Vice President, Clinical Services for Charles River Laboratories, and as Vice President, Clinical Europe for Inveresk Research. Also, he is a non-executive director of Immunoglobal Pty. Ltd and his previous directorships include Cell Care Pty. Ltd. Glenn, based in Melbourne, works closely with the executive team to formulate and execute George Clinical’s global strategy.

James Cheong, BSc (Pharm), MBA

  • Chief Executive Officer, Country Head, China

James Cheong is Chief Executive Officer of George Clinical. James has significant business leadership experience and more than 20 years of industry experience in both global pharma and CRO companies in the areas of Clinical Operations, Regulatory Affairs, Data Science and Regional Management. Prior to George Clinical, Cheong served as Head of Clinical Operations for the Chinese Market for Boehringer Ingelheim. Prior to Boehringer Ingelheim, Cheong acted as VP of Clinical Development at EPS International in the Asia-Pacific region. Based in our Singapore office, James leads global operations and directs the company’s administrative functions.

Sean Hart

  • Chief Business Officer

As Chief Business Office for George Clinical, Sean Hart leads the U.S. and Asia-Pacific business development teams and directs global marketing and public relations efforts for George Clinical. Prior to joining George Clinical, Sean was the Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Vector Oncology overseeing the Global Pharma Services team including early phase and observational research. Sean is a recognized industry leader in Phase IV clinical trials, post-marketing surveillance programs, and patient registries. His experience spans all major therapeutic areas and all phases of research and development.

Maria Ali, MBBS, MBA, CMO

  • Chief Medical Officer

Maria serves as the Chief Medical Officer for George Clinical, responsible for continuing to build the organization’s enviable network of investigators and scientific leaders. Previously, she led the medical and safety services group at George Clinical who provide safety management, endpoint adjudication, medical monitoring and scientific leadership for both commercially sponsored and academic clinical trials. Maria has worked closely with the scientific leads at the George Institute to develop and implement scientific leadership models for George Clinical studies, as well as to develop new ideas for clinical research, and processes to improve clinical trial design and efficiencies. Maria has several years’ experience in both public health and clinical research as well as research management across a range of settings including hospitals, academic and clinical research organizations.

Jacqueline Thorn, PhD, MBA, GDip, IP

  • Commercial Director and Country Head, ANZ

Jacqueline is responsible for oversight of all contracting, insurance and legal activities for George Clinical and its subsidiaries and for leading risk management and corporate compliance for the global group. Jacqueline’s role includes management of Asia-Pacific country heads, Australia and New Zealand business operations and is company secretary. Jacqueline has extensive experience in business development and management having spent 25 years in the healthcare industry working in the biotechnology, diagnostic, pharmaceutical and CRO markets and has experience in intellectual property management.

Harmony Chan, MBA

  • Global HR Business Partner

Harmony leads the Human Resources (HR) team globally to effectively partner with the organization to deliver on its people and company objectives.  Harmony has over 10 years of talent acquisition and generalist HR experience across the Life Sciences, IT&T and Built Environment industries globally and is MBA qualified in addition to holding a BA (Organizational Learning) and being Training & Assessment certified.

Amanda Jubb, BSc (Hons)

  • Global Head, Project Operations

Amanda is responsible for the project management and clinical operations teams to deliver George Clinical’s studies to the highest standards. Amanda has over 25 years’ experience implementing clinical trials across the Asia-Pacific region and more than 20 years’ line management experience. Amanda has worked across all clinical trial phases and George Clinical’s therapy areas. Her previous management roles span both CROs and pharmaceutical companies and she has worked as an independent consultant.

Jeff Wehmeyer

  • Global Head, Data Science

Jeff completed his degrees (BS) in engineering (Aerospace as well as Mechanical) at the University of Missouri – Rolla in 1992. Instead of the engineering field, Jeff pursued pharmaceutical research from 1993 onward. For over 22 years, Jeff led the clinical data management group as well as statistics, statistical programming, medical writing, and IT infrastructure and development at United BioSource Corporation. This group grew over the years from one location and 3 employees in 1993 to 4 locations and over 100 employees within the data management and biostats groups. Jeff has focused on systems development and programming throughout his career with an emphasis on CTMS, EDC, EMR, as well as other electronic systems focused on improving clinical care and research.

Louise Brnabic

  • Global Head, Quality

Louise Brnabic, Global Head, Quality, and is responsible for providing quality management support for all functional areas and countries, ensuring that global standards are maintained in all clinical trial-related activities. With a background in biochemical research, Louise has 20 years’ experience in quality management, project management, and clinical operations. She has worked with pharmaceutical and device companies, across all study phases and in a wide range of therapeutic areas.

Regional Management

Jessie Poon MMsc, BHS

  • Country Head and Head Project Operations, East Asia

Jessie is responsible for leading the East Asia project management and clinical operations teams across East Asia countries including Hong Kong, Malaysia, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Philippines.  She has over 15 years’ experience working in the pharmaceutical and clinical research industry in various fields including project management and global studies. In addition, she has worked in numerous therapeutic areas involving oncology, endocrine/metabolic, musculoskeletal, infections/parasitic diseases, immunology, neurology, cardiology/circulation, and respiratory. 

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