Our Team

The Board

Miriam Dervan

Miriam Dervan

EXECUTIVE CHAIR

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Entrepreneurial and intuitive, Miriam founded mdgroup in 2002. Today mdgroup is a digital and patient health services business offering a range of personalised services to support clinical trials on a global scale.

As Executive Chair of our board, Miriam uses her extensive industry experience to inspire a culture of ‘putting patients first’ – ensuring patients’ needs are top of mind in everything the team does.

Miriam’s success is reflected in her desire to help others achieve the same. As Chair of Women in Business European Council for WEConnect Europe, she tirelessly champions women-led enterprise, education and networking. Through our charity and as a trustee of the MD Educational Foundation, Miriam shares her own personal journey from finding her way as a school-leaver to establishing her own successful business, where she mentors and strives to inspire this entrepreneurial spirit.

Tarquin Scadding-Hunt

Tarquin Scadding-Hunt

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

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As CEO, Tarquin is a creative, solutions-focused and pioneering leader. He takes an entrepreneurial and dynamic approach to extending the reach of our business and is passionate about what can be gained through challenging the status quo.

Tarquin creates, implements and enshrines both our strategic plans and our cultural values across the business. He ensures mdgroup is at the cutting edge of clinical services development, delivering our industry-leading services around the world.

Tarquin’s expertise builds on a career in global senior management across the biopharmaceutical and clinical services sector. For him, respect for the patients’ voice and needs lies at the heart of a successful clinical trial. Tarquin loves the human interaction of people and technology, which he believes makes the clinical trial experience more personal and accessible for patients and healthcare practitioners alike.

Jean Edwards

Jean Edwards

NON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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Jean brings a valuable external focus and independent scrutiny to the mdgroup board. She influences our strategic direction and drives innovation by contributing fresh ideas for service opportunities that expand our reach.

As Non-executive Director, Jean is motivated by the chance to help grow an organisation that is focused on the patient, making a difference in clinical research practices and helping pharma to develop new treatments. Skilled in assimilating and summarising information to distil key findings and points, she offers intelligent questions and constructive feedback.

Jean’s value stems, in part, from her previous extensive experience in the pharmaceutical industry where she held senior roles in clinical development and outsourcing/procurement, spanning areas ranging from travel and facilities management to marketing and sales.

Steve Gore

Steve Gore

NON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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Specialising in CFO and Non-Exec Director support for IT, tech, and service businesses, Steve brings over 20 years of experience working for UK businesses and International Groups to mdgroup.

Since qualifying as an ACA with Deloitte, Steve has enjoyed a successful career working across a range of sectors and complex businesses from SMEs to FTSE 250 – managing their growth both organically and through acquisitions. In recent years, Steve has had a particular focus in the Life Sciences sector.

In his current role, Steve provides support and guidance to the mdgroup board, bringing challenge and oversight in the areas of finance and international operations.

Ian Hodgson

Dr Ian Hodgson

NON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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Ian sits on our board as Non-Executive Director, bringing valuable insights from mdgroup’s customer base alongside an independent scrutiny of our company strategy. By influencing the strategic direction, Ian supports the executive team to prioritise ideas and drive innovation based on market needs.

Ian brings a wealth of experience to his role, having grown a health technology business focused on high-quality service to patients and clients. He is skilled in identifying new opportunities to bring services and technology together in underserved markets.

Ian’s value is derived, in part, from extensive development experience and building long-standing relationships with the mdgroup business as a customer. This affords him a unique perspective from which to think creatively about our products and services. 

The Executive Team

Caroline Jackson

Caroline Jackson

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, PATIENT SERVICES

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With more than 27 years of experience in the industry, Caroline brings a wealth of knowledge and understanding of the clinical development process to mdgroup’s Patient Services Department. In her role as Executive Vice President of Patient Services, Caroline helps our clients embrace new technologies and decentralised solutions to facilitate better patient care, increase clinical trial diversity and reduce drop-out rates by empowering patients.

After graduating from the University of Southampton with a BSc in Pharmacology, Caroline then went on to work for companies including Bayer, PRA Health Sciences and Synteract where she was Vice President of Vendor Management.

Caroline is passionate about truly putting patients first and increasing clinical trial accessibility by giving patients more choice in how they participate.

Neil Barfield

Neil Barfield

CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

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Neil brings his passion for delivering value and making a difference to his role as Chief Technology Officer, providing innovative product, operational and thought leadership for mdgroup’s team of highly-skilled technologists.

Inspired by his focus on solutions that both enable and excite, his team creates cutting-edge, feature-rich, high-value technology products for mdgroup’s clients, patients, healthcare professionals and staff. Neil’s skill at translating complex technical or business requirements into understandable concepts underpins his success at delivering value-based results.

Neil’s expertise reflects his experience of leading teams to deliver highly-complex digital solutions and products for both clients and markets, in the pharmaceutical and clinical services sector. He is also adept at guiding business-wide change initiatives to challenge thinking and inspire a more innovative approach.

LaQuinta Jernigan

LaQuinta Jernigan

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, THE AMERICAS

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As the head of North America, LaQuinta brings a wealth of healthcare knowledge and expertise in building sustainable, strong commercial relationships.

By listening carefully to each client’s challenges, concerns and goals, LaQuinta works with them to find effective solutions. With a life sciences career spanning operations and sales, she has a balanced perspective: she knows what it takes to bring a product to market on time, retain patients and do so within budget, while putting the patient at the heart of what we do.

Enthusiastic and energetic, LaQuinta is motivated by a desire to improve the patient experience by removing any challenge that could impact their quality of life during a clinical trial. For her, being part of mdgroup is about more than selling a service: it’s about focusing on lasting and productive partnerships that always put the patient first.

Leah Iles

Leah Iles

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, EUROPE & ASIA

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As a regional leader, Leah thrives on working collaboratively with clients to enable them each to achieve their specific goals. Innovative and determined, she shapes ideas, concepts and approaches to fit their individual requirements, gaining satisfaction from playing her part in empowering others to do well.

Leah’s strengths lie in her organisational and development abilities. She focuses on supporting each person as an individual and making the team more effective as a whole. She isn’t happy until the client is and will work tirelessly to achieve that goal.

A process-driven and inclusive leader, Leah brings her expertise in account management and delivery across the medical communications and clinical research sectors to her current role.

Ian Sandbach

Ian Sandbach

FINANCE DIRECTOR

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Ian came to his position as Financial Director with a wealth of experience. He qualified as a Fellow Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in practice and has held senior financial roles in FTSE 100 companies around the world including GSK, Vodafone and K3 business technologies, a key partner for Microsoft. 

Having been involved in large scale company growth during his career, Ian has implemented various accounting systems on a global level, reporting to financial compliance bodies where he has worked in the UK, North America and Europe. 

Ian drives our corporate performance and profitability, maintaining the highest quality reporting across our global enterprise. He’s passionate about the mdgroup commitment to delivering remarkable results for our clients and takes a dynamic, strategic approach to mdgroup product development and innovation, keeping us at the forefront of the clinical research industry. 

Tracie Carter

Tracie Carter

HR & MARKETING DIRECTOR

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As HR Director, Tracie ensures that mdgroup has the right people in the right place at the right time, so that clients’ clinical trials are completed successfully, exactly as planned.

Inherently positive and commercially-focused, she is motivated by the knowledge that the strategy she creates will help our business achieve its goals. Passionate about giving our teams the best opportunities to fulfil their own – and mdgroup’s – potential, she enjoys enabling the development of others and seeing them thrive.

Tracie’s expertise stems from a senior career in HR across the finance, insurance, security and marketing sectors. As a Level 7 Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development, she is skilled in talent and performance management – alongside strategy and the development of executive teams.