Interview with new Chairman Richard Smith


Richard Smith was appointed Affidea’s new Chairman of the Board in December. We asked him a few questions about his vision for the company’s future, as well as his take on the healthcare market.

What are your ambitions for Affidea in the upcoming year?

My priorities as Chairman for this year are to establish a high performing board, which will lead and support the management team to set the foundations for creating a world class healthcare company. Primarily I will be spending considerable time visiting and meeting as many people as I can within the organisation as, to achieve my first goal, I need to truly understand the business and the people within it.

From your perspective, in what ways does Affidea stand out?

I see Affidea as having a differentiated, unique offer for cancer diagnosis and treatment. Although it is early days for me, the people I have met so far are extremely passionate and enthusiastic. I have been very impressed with the processes and systems I have seen verses other healthcare companies I have experienced.

What do you think the future holds for the healthcare market and how do you see this impacting Affidea?

It is a well-known fact that people are living longer and requiring more and more expensive healthcare solutions. Governments globally will struggle to meet these demands and will require cost effective solutions that deliver quality outcomes on an increasing scale. Those healthcare providers who can meet this need will have a huge opportunity to create value in the future. I can see that Affidea has incredible potential to lead in this market.

Career profile

CEO of Integrated Dental Holdings

Managing Director of Lloyds Pharmacy (part of the Celesio Health Group)

He began his career at Unilever before spending over 30 years working in a series of roles across customer service, multisite operations management, marketing, finance and operations, notably at Somerfield Stores plc.

Developing world class healthcare is my passion, so I am delighted to have this opportunity to work with the excellent team at Affidea and help them continue to build this great business into an even more exciting and unique healthcare provider.

Richard Charles Smith
Chairman of the Board