Our Team

Our Team

Evelyn Kelly

MPharm, MPSI, MBS

Managing Director

Evelyn has over 15 years experience in the pharmaceutical industry in both distribution and orphan drug companies, working across Supply Chain and Quality Assurance. Evelyn brings years of experience in manufacturing and distributing orphan drugs to over 50 countries globally.

Evelyn specializes in the management of supply via virtual, outsourced models and has been named as both a QP and RP on multiple licenses. She has also held various supply chain leadership positions in Shire, NPS Pharma and PTC Therapeutics and has designed and ran successful supply chains for different products.

Evelyn is also experienced in facilitating cross functional strategic entity decisions, selection of vendors and corporate activities. Evelyn founded Orphan Drug Consulting in 2017, with the vision of supporting organisations across keys areas such as Supply Chain, Quality Assurance, Technical Operations, Customs/VAT and Artwork.

Evelyn holds a Master of Pharmacy from Robert Gordon University and a Master of Business from the Irish Management Institute. 

William McConkey

MEng, MBA

Supply Chain Consultant

William is a Supply Chain Consultant with over 25 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry, focused on designing and optimising supply chains at both a site and global level working with companies including Regeneron, Allergan, Shire and Novartis. William specializes in global planning and distribution strategy, materials management, global supply management, project management, team leadership, warehousing and logistics. He has delivered global planning, product launch and distribution solutions for both small and large companies.

William holds master’s degrees in engineering (MEng) and business administration (MBA), along with a postgraduate qualification in organizational leadership from the Irish Management Institute.  

Donna McKenna

BSc

Quality Assurance Consultant

Donna McKenna is a Quality Consultant with over 18 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical sector ranging from Drug Substance to Drug Product across multiple product types, including non-sterile, sterile and gene therapy. She has been an active EU Qualified Person (QP) for over 8 years and is eligible to act as a Responsible Person (RP). She is experienced in GxP legislation in Europe, USA, South America and Asia with a specialist area of interest in new product introduction and product launches. Donna spent much of her career working for Almac Group as a QP supporting release of clinical products as well as the commercial launch of multiple orphan and niche drug products.

Donna holds an honours degree in Biological Sciences from University of Ulster and obtained her QP training from NSF Health Sciences. She is currently named as a QP on several Manufacturing Authorisations in Ireland and the UK.

Eamonn Flood

BComm

Customs & Import VAT Consultant

Eamonn is a Customs and Import VAT Consultant with over 25 years’ experience in Customs and Trade and extensive expertise in all aspects of international customs and import VAT matters. Eamonn has significant experience in EU customs duty compliance and optimization projects with expertise in the multinational pharmaceutical sector. He works closely with clients in re-structuring projects advising them on their EU Customs Duty and Import VAT requirements together with project managing these transitions.

Eamonn holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and was formerly the Director of the International Trade & Customs practice in PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). 

Mike Gannon

BComm, FCA

Financial & Entity Planning Consultant

Mike is a Finance Consultant with over 25 years of experience working in and supporting international organizations. Mike specializes in helping organizations grow and develop internationally as well as advising on optimum structures for finance, tax, treasury and business administration and support functions. Mike has held various leadership positions in finance and compliance functions including close to 10 years in UDG Healthcare plc, gaining significant experience supporting life science businesses achieve their growth and development strategies. Mike joined Orphan Drug Consulting as a consultant in 2020. 

Having trained at Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC), Mike is a qualified Chartered Accountant (FCA) and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the National University of Ireland in Galway. Mike also has a Diploma in Professional Accounting (DPA) from University College Dublin and has completed the Standford Executive Program in Stanford Graduate School of Business. 

 

Grainne Higgins

BSocSc, MSc, CPC

HR Consultant & Executive Coach

Grainne is an HR Consultant and Executive Coach with over 30 years’ experience in the global healthcare industry. She specializes in working across many facets of talent and organizational development for pharmaceutical and biotech companies to create and execute their people and organization strategy directly supporting their business goals. Prior to becoming a consultant and executive coach, Grainne most recently held the position of  Vice President, Human Resources, Global Commercial Operations of Alexion, based out of Switzerland. Grainne also has an established leadership track record in Shire and Merck & Co. (formerly Schering-Plough) and has lived and worked extensively in Ireland, US, Switzerland and The Netherlands.

Grainne holds a Master of Science in Organizational Behaviour from Trinity College Dublin and a Bachelor of Social Science from University College Dublin. Grainne is a Certified Professional Coach, accredited with iPEC (The Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching), as well as an Energy Leadership Index Master practitioner and a COR.E Dynamics Leadership Specialist.

 

Celine McKenna

MBS

Supply Chain Consultant

Celine McKenna is a Supply Chain Consultant with over 15 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical, healthcare and medical devices industries holding senior positions in companies such as Aspen Pharma Group, Gilead Sciences and Allergan Pharmaceuticals. Celine specializes in global supply chain strategy and processes, existing and new market setup focused on global product availability. She also has significant experience in vendor management, forecasting and demand management, distribution and logistics across a wide range of manufacturing organizations.

Celine holds a Master of Business from University College Cork with a focus on risk management in the pharmaceutical industry and she also holds postgraduate qualifications in strategy, innovation and business finance.

Anne Farrell

BSc, CLSSGB

Quality Assurance Consultant

Anne is a Quality Consultant with over 30 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry and an extensive track record in Bristol Myers Squibb. Anne specializes in quality systems implementation and control, documentation review, batch release, stability monitoring, GMP compliance, auditing, validation, packaging, labelling, serialization, transport qualification, quality metrics, continuous improvement having delivered these projects to global pharmaceutical companies. Anne has also participated in numerous competent authority audits.

Anne holds a degree in Chemistry from Dublin Institute of Technology along with a postgraduate qualification in Lean Manufacturing and Quality Systems and is a certified Lean Sigma Green Belt.

David Crowley

MPharm, MPSI, MSc

Senior Business Development Executive

David’s role as Senior Business Development Executive makes him responsible for coordinating sales and marketing activities within Orphan Drug Consulting. Prior to joining, David worked in a commercial capacity for a process research and development company where he led multiple projects across marketing, sales and sales operations, in both Europe and the United States. He has also been involved in providing marketing solutions for the global electronics and animal nutrition industries, as well as a leading academic institution.

David is a registered pharmacist with the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland and he formerly practiced in a community pharmacy prior to moving into a commercial role in the pharmaceutical industry. David holds a Master of Pharmacy from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and a Master of Science in Marketing Practice from the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School in Dublin.  

Lisa Crawford

BSc, Mgmt. FCCA

Office Manager

Lisa is Office Manager with over 12 years management experience in the financial services sector. Lisa brings a wealth of European banking, risk management and regulatory experience having previously worked for a top tier European bank, headquartered inFrankfurt as a risk management professional specialising in market, credit, regulatory and operational risk.

Lisa is a qualified accountant and Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. She is also a lecturer in ACCA – Corporate and Business law.

Elaine Corry

Office Administrator

Elaine Corry is Office Administrator for Orphan Drug Consulting and is an integral part of the team responsible for the maintaining the operations of the company. 

Elaine’s career has involved multiple roles across finance, banking and IT in both Dublin and London, working with high-level executives and operations teams to ensure the smooth running of daily activities such as inbound and outbound invoice processing and vendor/supplier management. Prior to joining Orphan Drug Consulting, Elaine most recently was Office Administrator for a financial technology company’s EMEA headquarters based in Dublin and before this held roles in an event management organization and technology company.