TRAC director at Brussels event

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A pharmaceutical regulations expert from Cornwall is preparing to hand over the presidential reins of his professional body after leading the organisation for the last year.

Jonathan Trethowan, director at TRAC Services, which is based at the Pool Innovation Centre, has been president of his professional organisation – TOPRA (The Organisation for Professionals in Regulatory Affairs) – since January 2014.

One of his final official duties as president was to deliver the annual review to around 200 delegates during the three-day TOPRA Symposium, which was held in Brussels, Belgium.

TOPRA Team in Brussels: (left to right) Xavier De Cruyper (CEO FAMHP), Greet Musch (Director Genrela Pre Authorisation FAMHP), Lynda Wight (TOPRA executive director) and Jonathan  Trethowan (TOPRA President and TRAC Services director)
TOPRA Team in Brussels: (l-r) Xavier De Cruyper (CEO FAMHP), Greet Musch (Director Genrela Pre Authorisation FAMHP), Lynda Wight (TOPRA executive director) and Jonathan Trethowan

He said: “I’ve really enjoyed being TOPRA President over the last year, and I feel proud of the work the organisation has done during that time.

“The annual review was an opportunity to highlight the hard work and successes that the professional body have delivered for its members.

“I hand over the presidency in January and it’s great to see TOPRA in such a strong position to enjoy continued growth and development.”

During his 12-month presidency, the organisation has grown by 400 new members, as well as welcomed new partners, including two from the Asia Pacific region where it hosted events in Hong Kong and Singapore.

It has also developed a virtual services portal to make the organisation more accessible globally and refreshed its branding.

Trethowan has also led the development of a training and development group for young professionals.

He added: “Supporting young professionals is very important to me, as they are the people who are going to take the industry forward.

“At TRAC we have worked closely with Unlocking Cornish Potential and Unlocking Potential over the last ten years to give graduates in the region opportunities to develop a career in pharmaceutical regulations.

“It’s great that we have been able to take this ethos to the international community through TOPRA.”