Members of the McKesson UK Executive Leadership Team

Toby Anderson

In September 2018 we welcomed Toby Anderson as McKesson UK CEO. Toby joined from health & beauty retailer A.S. Watson Group, where he spent 12 years in various roles. As CEO Asia and Eastern Europe, Toby was responsible for a rapidly growing business with more than 3,300 stores – including 1,500 pharmacies.

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Prior to that Toby spent 11 years in a number of senior roles with J. Sainsbury, the second largest grocery retailer in the UK, his last role being Head of Online.

Alongside our UK Country Board, Toby is committed to helping set us up for future success by leading the transformation of healthcare in this country.

Toby graduated from Birmingham University with an honours degree in commerce, and has studied business programmes at Harvard Business School, London Business School, Ashridge and Cranfield.

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Chris Keen

Chris Keen joined McKesson UK in November 2019 as Chief Finance Officer, overseeing our Governance and Finance functions.

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Previously Group CFO for Holland & Barrett, Chris is an experienced executive, having worked within both the wholesale and retail sectors. Chris graduated from the Royal Holloway University of London with a degree in Maths and Computer Sciences and completed an MBA from Cranfield University.

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Jane Davies

Jane Davies joined McKesson UK in January 2019 as HR Director. Jane had previously spent time in similar roles at Galliford Try and more recently, Wincanton.

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After graduating with a degree in politics from the University of Nottingham, Jane spent some time volunteering as a counsellor for ChildLine. Jane has a range of experience in multi-site retail, engineering organisations and global businesses. She has led businesses through cultural transformation, implementing technology, process and customer improvements.

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Kevin Birch

Kevin Birch is our Chief Retail Officer, joining the McKesson UK Board in July 2019. He is responsible for marketing and retail operations across the McKesson UK brands.

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His previous experience includes working for Boots where he held the position of Retail Pharmacy Operations Director, leading over 65,000 colleagues across 2,500 stores.

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Steve Howard

Steve Howard has worked for McKesson UK for over 30 years and is now our Clinical Standards Director and Superintendent Pharmacist. Steve started his career as a Clinical Pharmacist in hospital before joining us as a Pharmacy Manager and has since spent time in various roles across the business including Training and Development Director and Head of Internal Communications.

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A graduate of Manchester University, Steve is also a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, a Faculty Fellow, and serves as a Visiting Professor at the University of Huddersfield and the University of East Anglia.

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Ashley Cowen

Ashley joined McKesson UK in February 2018 initially as Fulfilment Director before becoming our Sales and Operations Director. Ashley oversees third-party and speciality sales as well as operations for AAH Pharmaceuticals and LloydsPharmacy Clinical Homecare, which includes nursing and aseptic services.

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Ashley was previously the Operations General Manager for Amazon where he was responsible for opening the first fully robotic distribution centre within the EU. He graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering and subsequently completed an MBA from Lancaster University.

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Ranjit Gill

Ranjit has been with McKesson UK as our IT Director since April 2018. He oversees our technology operations in the UK, supporting retail, wholesale, speciality and digital. Ranjit has over 20 years’ experience working within IT for companies such as Boots and Cadbury.

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In his role, Ranjit specialises in enabling improved business performance by delivering quality IT services, technology transformation and integration.

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David Bound

David Bound is our Commercial Director who has been with McKesson UK since February 2013. David looks after our relationships with our pharmaceutical partners, as well as overseeing our procurement department.

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David is an expert in commercial trading and supply chain operations gained from leading these functions within a large supermarket retailer in Hong Kong. He also has an MBA from Warwick Business School.

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Steve Race

Steve Race joined McKesson UK in July 2019 as Head of Public Affairs. He is responsible for enabling us to work more closely with the NHS, the UK Government and industry trade bodies.

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Previously Associate Director at Teneo, a global communications consultancy, Steve has worked on a number of major public affairs accounts for international brands including Aston Martin, RBS Group, and Vodafone. Earlier in his career, he worked as a senior parliamentary researcher for the then Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Rt Hon Ben Bradshaw MP. He is also currently a Labour Councillor in the London Borough of Hackney.

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Kyle Rowe

Kyle Rowe joined McKesson UK in February 2020 as Chief Marketing and Digital Officer. Kyle is responsible for driving our omni-channel solutions, customer and marketing capability and oversees Digital, Echo and our Marketing team.

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Kyle joined McKesson from sports nutrition brand Grenade where, as Managing Director, he took the business from a start up to the UK’s No.1 confectionary bar. Prior to that he had eight years at Holland and Barratt as International Managing Director and Group Trading Director, during which time he put in place a multi-channel and consumer facing strategy for all its leading consecutive year-on-year growth of that business. This also led to a Queen’s Award for International Enterprise. Kyle has a strong focus on people and development and has been a mentor and coach with the Prince’s Trust for more than 14 years.

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