John Wilson, MS, RTTP
Academic Liaison Director
My academic background provides a strong foundation for my analytical style. Over the past 20 years, I have worked for GSK in various roles with increasing responsibility. In a regulatory environment within GSK, I have been exposed to all aspects of pre-clinical development, both internal and external. In 2014 I became an Academic Liaison Manager (now Director) within Business Development and have gained extensive experience and recognition for my abilities to support collaborations with academic and non-profit organizations. It is important to have a balanced and strategically thinking board representing all sides of the academic-industry interface. I strongly believe that my depth of experience with our outside partners and oncology development pipeline would be a benefit to my success in this role.
What experience do you have working on or with a strategic board of directors?
I was on the implementation team of a global CRO group that reported directly into the RD leadership team. It required monthly meetings to update them, and continuous process evaluation to ensure our process was theright fit for all of GSK.
Please include a brief description of your volunteer experiences within AUTM.
I have been a member of the Annual Planning Committee for the last three years and was nominated to the position by a previous Chair of the Committee.
What motivates you to join the AUTM Board of Directors?
I believe that the AUTM Board is critical to the development of industry and academic partnerships. That is an essential component of the AUTM group I would be honored to assist in.
Have you served in a volunteer leadership role for other organizations? If so, please explain.
I was the Inclusion and Diversity (ID) lead for a global department of 3,000 people. In this role, I planned activities, e-learning and in-person learning activities to bolster the ID objectives for our group.
AUTM has recently changed how the Chair is appointed each year, with the Chair now selected from amongst the sitting Board members each year. If elected by the Membership to the Board, would you further consider serving as Chair of the Board. Why or why not?
Yes I would. I believe that that chair is an essential member of the Board that is nominated by their peers. If the opportunity arose to be nominated or considered for this position, I would graciously accept.
Please list specific personal strengths that you believe are valuable to the AUTM Board of Directors and/or the strategic direction of the Association?
I am proactive, direct and inclusive. I believe that my greatest strengths are to be a "driver" for the groups that I represent and ensure that any groups I am involved in are value-adds for their participants.
What special experience do you have in driving and implementing a strategic plan in other organizations?
I am a driver who also understands the importance of listening to the team and audience. I believe that my experience within GSK aiding the development of a global CRO process that was implemented and successful is exemplary of my abilities to drive and implement.
How does the three-year term for the position (both responsibilities and time commitment) fit in with your other responsibilities? Will you have any conflicts of commitment between your full-time position and your volunteer time on the AUTM Board?
I have received approval and encouragement from my line management and SVP to participate in AUTM.
AUTM is committed to addressing issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion both amongst the Board and on behalf of our Members. Briefly describe how your experiences can contribute to the Association’s growth in this area.
I acted as the Inclusion and Diversity Lead for my department for the last three years, and developed departmental objectives in collaboration with our HR Inclusion and Diversity Lead.
Is there anything else you would like AUTM Members to know about you before they vote?
I would be a team member that strives to perform my responsibilities and ensure that AUTM continues to grow and develop into a driving group for academic collaborations, and beyond.