March 3rd 2022

Pioneering Non-Profit, The Global Pathogen Analysis Service Appoints CEO

OXFORD, UK: The Global Pathogen Analysis Service (GPAS), announced today that Andrew Mc Inerney (known as ‘Mac’) has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of GPAS Ltd, effective from 28th February 2022. He succeeds interim CEO Henry Dowlen MBE, who will return to his permanent position as Head of Health, Tech for Development at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change.

Mc Inerney brings to this new role extensive leadership, entrepreneurial, and insight expertise, combined with strategic rigour and high-level governance experience. Following a 24-year military career in the Royal Marines, with roles across the Joint environment and in MOD, he built a private sector board-level management portfolio.

“We’re delighted to welcome Mac as he leads GPAS forward during this critical phase of establishing the organisation as a world-class leader in improving global health through rapid genomics data solutions.” said GPAS board director Professor Derrick Crook.

“His high performance leadership track record speaks for itself, and he will adeptly steer the service during this next chapter.”

Mc Inerney joins GPAS following an 18-month position as regional Chief of Staff at Public Health England and the UK Health Security Agency, where he supported the Agency’s crisis response to Covid-19, development of the recovery roadmap to business as usual, and the organisation’s transformation programme prior to public health structure reform.

“GPAS brings together best-in-class molecular microbiology, innovative technology and truly world-wide scale and capacity to enable the global community to transform drug and vaccine development, and to revolutionise the management of infectious diseases.” explained Mc Inerney.

“It is my honour and privilege to join the organisation as we evolve from start-up to scale-up, delivering significant impact to global health in the process.”

Having obtained a MA in International Studies from King’s College London, Mc Inerney also holds an MDA from Cranfield University, is a Member of the Institute of Directors, and a graduate of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), the U.S. Department of State’s premiere professional exchange programme. He spent the 6 years following his military career at Torchlight Group Limited, during which time the consultancy was recognised as one of Europe’s fastest growing businesses in 2016 and 2017 by the Sunday Times, and the Financial Times respectively.


About GPAS

The Global Pathogen Analysis Service (GPAS) will improve global health by providing rapid, accessible, and standardised genomic analysis for a range of pathogens at unprecedented pace and scale, starting with SARS-CoV-2. Built by a long-established world-leading pathogen genomics team from Oxford University and supported by the cloud computing scale and security of Oracle Inc. GPAS offers a transformative global solution that systematises how data from genomic sequencing is processed and shared.

GPAS is a not-for-profit organisation based in Oxford, UK. Its technology is free at the point of service in low and middle-income countries. The organisation aims to scale rapidly to offer sequence data services for a range of pathogens and deliver these solutions to laboratories, hospitals, and public health organisations across the globe.

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