Meet Julie Barker, the Office Manager at Aclardian unlicensed medicines.  Julie’s role includes receiving and processing orders from community pharmacies and hospitals for a range of medicines, addressing customer enquiries.  On top of this Julie also looks after all aspects associated with the day to day running of the office.  ‘Making sure we have enough tea and coffee is probably my most important task’.

‘We are a relatively small team so we try to ensure we are all capable of being able to cover as many of the tasks as possible that are associated with running our business.  Multi-tasking is an absolute must for all of us’. 

Julie’s day starts quite early; she is usually in the office by 7.30am.  ‘This gives me time to sort out anything left over from the previous day and to go through any emails received overnight, before the phones start ringing with the day’s orders and enquiries’.  

‘I also try to fit in a quick walk most mornings, we are out of town so fortunate to be surrounded by fields and trees’.

Julie began her working career at Ciba-Geigy back in 1974, spending 8 years there before moving to PA Consulting where she worked as a Practice Secretary, firstly in Business Development then Communications & Electronic Systems.  It was there that she first met Dan Roach, one of Aclardian’s directors. 

In 1995 a move to Peptide Therapeutics (Acambis) saw Julie working as PA to Alan Goodman, the other Aclardian director and long-time business partner of Dan Roach. 

‘I’ve continued to work with both Alan and Dan since then, firstly with Avlar BioVentures, an Investment Fund Manager which provided seed funding to companies starting out in the Biotech sector, and then with Aclardian since its inception in 2011’.

‘In my spare time I enjoy socialising with my family and friends, walking, cooking and reading.  I’m a huge football fan, but love watching all sports, especially from the comfort of my sofa’.