Mr Tim Liddicoat FRSC
Managing Director

Tim is an experienced analytical chemist and leader, with 25 years of experience, who is committed to customer satisfaction. He has a track record of building and developing successful teams across multiple industries.

Prior to joining Hall Analytical in July 2019, Tim spent nearly ten years at ThermoFisher Scientific, holding various leadership roles in its chromatography consumables business, where he ran both the technical and product management organisations. Previously, he held roles at Organon leading their separation sciences team in Newhouse, Scotland; Applied Biosystems as a mass spectrometry applications specialist; and as a bioanalytical mass spectrometrist at Covance.
Tim’s expertise lies in separation science, quantitative mass spectrometry, and pharmaceutical analysis.  He values continuous improvement, lean leadership, and sound strategy development.

Tim has a BSc (Hons) in chemical and pharmaceutical sciences from the University of Sunderland.  He is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Research Quality Association.

Nick Ordsmith
Laboratory Scientific Director

Nick’s 35-year involvement in mass spectrometry started as a laboratory technician at Cardiff University. He then moved on to work as mass spectrometer analyst at Inveresk Research in Scotland, applications laboratory manager at VG Analytical/Waters in Manchester, before joining Hall Analytical in 1998. Initially tasked with generating the validation data to support Hall Analyticals UKAS accreditation for environmental testing, his role developed into overseeing GLP accreditation for our E&L and pharma studies. Working on quantitative studies of pharmaceutical impurities and validations of the methods led to similar studies in the agrochemical industry. Additionally, he is study director for most of Hall’s agrochemical GLP 5 batch studies and, through relationships developed with scientific groups in China, established a partnership with BioReg who operate as our representatives there. Involved with our polyurethane foam testing from the beginning, he has also worked closely with the European and US trade associations to secure “approved laboratory” status to support the CertiPUR and CertiPUR -US quality labels for slabstock foam. He regularly attends the annual meetings of Europur and the US Polyurethane foam association to provide technical support and present analytical updates to both groups and their members.

Nick has a BSc (Hons) environmental science with chemistry and an MSc in organic and analytical chemistry.

Published work

Kythe Kimber
Laboratory Operations Manager

Kythe has been at Hall Analytical for over 19 years with experience in many aspects of the company.  Trained in LC-MS under the guidance of Dai Games at UWIST, he enjoys a role at the cutting edge of LC-MS development.  This experience has been applied to a number of applications at Hall, in particular extractables and leachables testing.

Kythe has a BSc chemistry (Hons).

Dr Andrew Feilden
European E&L Strategic Director

Andrew garnered over 20 years of experience supporting the pharmaceutical industry before joining Hall Analytical in November 2019. Prior to Hall, he was at Smithers as chemistry operations director.  He worked for AstraZeneca for 12 years, leading extractable and leachable testing, working on a variety of dosage forms.  He also has authored regulatory documents for drug substance and CCS (IMPD and NDA) resulting in successful regulatory approval.  He has presented in over 15 countries worldwide on the subject of E&L.

Andrew has a BSc Chemistry (Hons) and a DPhil from the University of York. He is a Chartered Scientist and has been a scientific advisor to IPAC-RS and co-chair of ELSIE group.

Published work:

  • 2016 PQG PS 9000:2016 Pharmaceutical packaging materials for medicinal products, with reference to Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP)
  • 2016 Pharm Res. 2016 Jan;33(1):1-17 Risk management of materials and components used in orally inhaled and nasal drug products.
  • 2015 ASMS USA Poster HR-LCMS and GC-MS/MS Analyses of Non-Intentionally Added Substances and other Migrants from Plastic Food Contact Materials
  • 2015 AAPS PharmSciTech June 2015, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp 664–674 Controlled Extraction Studies Applied to Polyvinyl Chloride and Polyethylene Materials: Conclusions from the ELSIE Controlled Extraction Pilot Study
  • 2011 Pyrolysis-gas chromatography-mass spectrometry for studying N-vinyl-2-pyrrolidone-co-vinyl acetate copolymers and their dissolution behaviour.  Analytica chimica acta November 2011
  • Chapter of book: “Leachables and Extractables Handbook: Safety Evaluation Qualification and best practises”.  Co-authored chapter on Leachables.
  • Book.  “Update on undertaking extractable and leachable testing”.  published by Smithers Rapra ISBN 978-1-84735-455-6
  • Method and system for analysing a dose formulation of a metered dose device Patent  –WO/2008088270
  • American Pharmaceutical Review May/June 2008 “Extractables and Leachables: Issues and Challenges”
  • Salicylic Acid Alkylation Patent – EP 0771782 A1

Jack Thomas
Section Head of Principal Scientists

Jack had 8 years of experience in drug discovery working across multiple disciplines (medicinal chemistry, separation sciences, DMPK and MetID) before joining Hall in June 2018. He is GLP study director for E&L studies performed at Hall and responsible for overseeing study direction, R&D, and business development.

Jack has an MSc in Chemistry.

Published work:

  • Anderson, A., Thomas, J., et. al., Discovery of an Orally Bioavailable Pan αv Integrin Inhibitor for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, JMedChem 2019, 62 (19), 8796-8808

Sally McGuigan
Principal Scientist

Sally has over 25 years of experience in gas chromatography supplementing that in the last 10 years with other chromatography/mass spectrometric techniques. She also has more than 10 years experience in the field of ENDS (Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems) and E&L (Extractables and Leachables). She is highly experienced in method development/validation, defining and designing study plans and final data review.

Sally has a BSc in Chemistry. She is also a member of CORESTA Subgroup & Taskforce and a BSI Committee member.

Nick Morley
Principal Scientist

Nick has over 12 years of experience in the field of extractables and leachables, both in large pharma and at a CRO. He is responsible for providing technical/consultative support to new and existing customers in the field of E&L. He has experience working on a range of products including pharmaceutical/biopharmaceutical (inhalation, topical and parenteral), medical device, and nicotine delivery systems. Nick is experienced in authoring successful regulatory files (BLA, NDA, MAA), performing leachable risk assessments and defining E&L testing strategies. He has also lead workshops and given a number of presentations on the subject of E&L.

Nick has a BSc in Chemistry, is a BSI Committee member and British representative on the CEN (European Standards Committee) working group for extractables and leachables of electronic cigarettes and e-liquids.

Vicki Darbyshire
Associate Principal Scientist

Vicki has ten years of LC-MS experience, in the fields of E&L, ENDS, food allergy, and forensic toxicology. She has expertise in both large and small molecule analysis, including method development and validation, structural elucidation, and qualitative and quantitative analysis using a range of mass spectrometry platforms.

Vicki has a PhD in protein biochemistry (University of Liverpool) and an MSc (1st class) in forensic & analytical science from the University of Huddersfield.

Published work:

  • A multi-laboratory ring trial for the quantification of peanut allergens in food using targeted mass spectrometry (In review).
  • Integrating Allergen Analysis Within a Risk Assessment Framework: Approaches to Development of Targeted Mass Spectrometry Methods for Allergen Detection and Quantification in the iFAAM Project. J. AOAC Int. (2018).
  • Microfluidic separation coupled to mass spectrometry for quantification of peanut allergens in a complex food matrix. J. Prot. Res. (2017).
  • Selection on coding and regulatory variation among paralogs of the Mup gene family maintain individuality in urinary scent markings of a wild house mouse population (PLOS Genetics) (2015)
  • Mass spectrometry for structural analysis and quantification of the Major Urinary Proteins of the house mouse (IJMS) (2015).
  • The complexity of protein semiochemistry in mammals (Biochem. Soc. Trans) (2014)
  • A label-free, multi-omic study to qualitatively and quantitatively characterise the effects of a glucosylceramide inhibitor on obesity (Waters Application Note) (2014).

Simon Stead (FCIPD)
Chief People Officer

Simon is an experienced senior HR professional who has worked in a wide range of organisations, from global to SME across numerous industries, including automotive, aerospace, science and technology.

A Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Simon also has a range of accreditations in occupational psychology that allows the business to access cutting edge HR & training tools and techniques to improve the performance of the business and it’s people.

Rachel Milne
Sales Manager

Rachel has 12 years business development and account management experience within pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, medical device and consumer sectors.

Rachel holds a BSc (Hons) microbiology and immunology.