Board of Directors

David Gare, Non-executive Chairman

David was a founder member of the Company’s former parent, Instem Limited and led the resulting businesses through most of their history. David successfully achieved a succession of strategic developments for Instem Limited, including its sale to Kratos Inc. in 1976, its MBO in 1983, its flotation on the USM in 1984, its flotation on the Official List in 1996, its public to private and demerger in 1998 and the buyout of Instem LSS Limited from Alchemy Partners in 2002. Throughout, David has concentrated on value creation through achievement of a strong market position.


Phil Reason, Chief Executive Officer

Phil is an experienced chief executive who has developed a number of IT businesses in the life sciences and nuclear industries, both organically and through acquisition. Phil joined the former parent Company, Instem Limited in 1982 and was appointed Managing Director of the Life Sciences division in 1995 and Chief Executive Officer of Instem LSS Limited on the demerger from Instem Limited. Given the importance of the North American market to Instem’s organic and acquisitive growth, Phil relocated from the UK to the US in 2003 and established a new headquarters in the Philadelphia area. Phil previously ran Instem Limited’s Nuclear and Laboratory Information Management Systems integration businesses.


Nigel Goldsmith, Chief Financial Officer

Nigel, who joined Instem in November 2011, has a wealth of experience in senior financial roles, at both public and private companies within the pharmaceutical industry. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, Nigel spent over nine years at KPMG prior to moving into industry. Nigel was Finance Director for three years at AIM listed, pharmaceutical and medical devices company, IS Pharma plc. He also spent a seven-year tenure as CFO at Almedica International Inc, a privately held supplier of clinical trial materials to the pharmaceutical and biotech industry in Europe and the US and two years as European Controller for the sales and marketing division of laboratory equipment manufacturer, Life Sciences International plc.


David Sherwin, Non-executive Director

David is a qualified Management Accountant and holds an MBA from Staffordshire University. He joined Instem Limited as a trainee accountant in 1973 and was appointed Chief Financial Officer in 1979. He has worked closely with David Gare on all of the subsequent transactions involving Instem Limited and Instem LSS Limited including participating in the management buyout of Instem Limited in 1983, the flotation on the USM in 1984, the flotation on the Official List in 1996 and the demerger of the business in 1998.


Mike McGoun, Non-executive Director

Mike has a wealth of management experience within the IT industry. He spent 10 years at IBM prior to co-founding a successful ComputerLand franchise in 1984. In 1994, Mike moved to SkillsGroup plc as a main board director, with responsibility for corporate development and later as a non-executive director. Mike was founder and non-executive Chairman of Tikit Group plc prior to its disposal to BT plc in 2012.