Webinar: Cross-sector collaboration in focus - the UK’s COVID-19 vaccination programme

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Cross-sector collaboration has played a pivotal role in the UK’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, not least in the rapid development, production and rollout of vaccinations.

We are delighted to welcome Madelaine McTernan, Director General for the Vaccine Taskforce at BEIS, alongside other key stakeholders, to share their thoughts on how a collaborative approach to research, manufacturing and deployment has enabled the largest-ever NHS vaccination programme, and supported the UK’s status as a world-leader in life-sciences.

Join us for your opportunity to:

  • Learn how the work of The Vaccine Taskforce has brought together government, academia and industry to tackle this enormous challenge
  • Discuss what lessons could be taken from the UK’s vaccination programme, to inform how organisations across the sectors can best collaborate through the recovery period and beyond
  • Pose your questions to our expert panel


  • Madelaine McTernan

    Director General for the Vaccine Taskforce


    Madelaine McTernan was appointed Director General for the Vaccine Taskforce, BEIS, in December 2020. Maddy joined the Vaccine Taskforce in April 2020 as a Director, on secondment from UK Government Investments. Maddy led all commercial negotiation and contracting. Prior to this, she was a Managing Director at Credit Suisse based in London and was appointed Head of UK M&A in 2013. She has worked on a broad range of strategic advisory and M&A projects with clients spanning a number of industries across the globe. Maddy was a Non-Executive Director at UK Export Finance (June 2019- December 2020), the UK’s export credit agency which works with over 100 private credit insurers and lenders to help UK companies access export finance.Prior to joining CreditSuisse, she worked at LehmanBrothers. She started her career as a corporate lawyer at Freshfields working on M&A and capital markets transactions, having studied Law at Trinity College, Cambridge.

  • Steve Oldfield

    Chief Commercial Officer and Director General, Commercial and Life Sciences

    Department of Health and Social Care

    Steve Oldfield was appointed Chief Commercial Officer at the Department of Health and Social Care in 2017, joining from a career in the private sector, principally in pharmaceuticals. Previous roles include:

    • Chief Operating Officer for PGT Healthcare, a consumer-health joint venture between Procter & Gamble and Teva
    • UK Managing Director for Sanofi and Teva
    • Vice President, Global Head of Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Managing Director in Thailand, South Korea & Mexico



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