AstraZeneca’s move into vaccines, coronavirus, leadership and the future of healthcare

…to align, coordinate and lead at great speed

Watch Chris Hamilton’s conversation with AstraZeneca’s UK President, Tom Keith-Roach. They discuss leadership during lockdown, the deal with Oxford to manufacture and distribute a COVID-19 vaccine, and how health systems should change in light of what we have learned from the crisis.

For most of us, the coronavirus pandemic has prompted significant disruption and change to our lives. But for Tom Keith-Roach, the changes can’t be understated. Having taken on the role of UK President of AstraZeneca just a couple of weeks before COVID-19 developed into a global crisis, he has seen the life sciences giant move rapidly into the new therapeutic area of vaccines and is part of a leadership team responding at a pace which can only be described by that overused term – unprecedented.


Chris Hamilton
Chris is the Global Head of the Life Sciences Practice of Odgers Berndtson. He was previously a Partner in the Global Healthcare Practice where he led many of the most complex and challenging leadership searches across commercial and public sector healthcare providers, both in the UK and internationally.

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This is about addressing the big questions that face our society over the next ten years: better healthcare, pandemic response, healthcare systems sustainability and resilience.

Tom Keith-Roach, President, AstraZeneca UK