Colette Goldrick joined the ABPI as its Northern Ireland Director in November 2012.
She returned to her native Northern Ireland in 2010, and has spent the last two years applying her 23 years of leadership experience in some of the world’s largest companies to benefit arts and third sector organisations.
From 2008–2010, Colette was Head of European Public Affairs and Policy for Pfizer Inc. Concurrently, she was also a member of the Pfizer corporate team responsible for implementing the acquisition of Wyeth Pharmaceuticals and restructuring the merged organisation from a geographical to a business unit basis.
During this time, she also served on the Trust Board of the ABPI, helping to build a strategy to enhance the industry’s reputation through changing business practices and improving stakeholder engagement.
From 2004‐2008, Colette was Corporate Affairs Director for Pfizer UK Ltd, having originally been recruited to Pfizer in 2001 as Head of Communications for Europe. During her nine years at Pfizer, her experience spanned industry issues ranging from acquisitions, access and productivity to PPRS, trust and value.
She also established the Pfizer UK Foundation, which continues to donate £1 million annually to community and charitable groups engaged in reducing health inequalities. She served on Pfizer’s Governance Committee, introducing and administering several significant improvements to governance standards.
Between 1998–2001, Colette was Communications Director for Centrica plc, the parent company of British Gas. Prior to Centrica, she spent eight years in a range of increasingly senior marketing, sales and corporate affairs roles at Glaxo Wellcome, having joined the company’s prestigious graduate trainee scheme in 1990. In her last two years at Glaxo, she was UK Head of Communications, the youngest ever appointee in the role.
Colette holds an International Leadership Diploma from INSEAD Paris, and a First Class Honours International Business Degree from Queens University Belfast.
She was named Communicator of the Year in 2008 by Communiqué magazine.