Medicines Australia CEO

Medicines Australia CEO Tim James today announced his resignation effective January 2016 from the leadership role of the pharmaceutical sector peak body.

Medicines Australia Interim Chairman Wes Cook thanked Tim for his strong contribution to the Australian medicines industry during a very difficult period for the sector:

“Tim has been a passionate advocate for the industry during his tenure as CEO through a most challenging period and he departs with our deep thanks and best wishes.”

Mr James said he was ready for a new challenge in the new year and eager to be able to lead and shape reform in other sectors of the economy during this era of disruption and innovation.

“I will make an announcement about my future in due course. In the meantime I’m looking forward to spending time in Sydney with my young family, to whom I owe so much after this year.”

Working in close partnership with member companies across Australia Mr Cook pointed to a number of achievements under Tim’s leadership including:

  • successfully finalising negotiations for the latest five-year edition of the MA Industry Code of Conduct and smoothly implementing its new measures
  • elevating the communications function and bringing MA into the digital and social media era with a new website and social platforms
  • strongly seeking and supporting recent positive measures for the sector including the Industry Growth Centre, Health Industry Forum, Innovation Statement, Free Trade Agreements, and the Medical Research Future Fund, and
  • fostering improved engagement with patient organisations including the launch of the updated edition of the Working Together Guide.

On behalf of the Board and Membership of Medicines Australia, Interim Chairman Wes Cook said:

“Tim has a very positive and exciting future and we’re grateful for his strong advocacy and initiative on behalf of our industry. We wish him every success in the future.”

James concluded:

“It has been a tremendous honour and privilege to lead this innovative industry in Australia. I thank the Board, Membership and Secretariat for the opportunity and I’m proud of all we have achieved together. I will always be a passionate supporter of the sector.”

The Board will commence a process to recruit for a new CEO in 2016.


James Boyce
Phone: 0423 239 265