Graham Leslie - Founder, Galpharm International
12:00 - 12:45
In 1971, Graham Leslie spent four months on the dole and attended 30 job interviews. At the 31st interview he was offered a position with Winthorp Pharmaceuticals which introduced him to the opportunity of founding Galpharm International in 1982 in a shed on Firth Street in Huddersfield.
From here, Graham steered Galpharm International to become the largest privately owned store brand Pharmaceutical Company in Europe. He was responsible for control changes in the Medicine Control Agency's rules and regulations during the mid 1990's by switching molecules from Prescription to Pharmacy and from Pharmacy to the Grocery market.
This has to date, saved the NHS approximately £4 billion. Galpharm International was successfully sold in January 2008 to Perrigo US for $88 million.
He was the Founder Chairman and creator of the world’s first ever 25,000 all-seater Stadium in a joint venture with Sir John Harman of the Local Authority and home to both Huddersfield Town Football Club and the Giants Rugby League Club.
Graham has met and dined with two American Presidents and current Prime Minister David Cameron. He has advised the UK’s All Party Health Select Committee and during one of the worst recessions ever experienced in the UK economy, has taken seven companies in various forms of difficulty/insolvency/bankruptcy and turned them into exceedingly profitable businesses with the total annualised turnover of already £33m within two years. One company’s initial contract was for £8.9m on its first week of operation.
During 2006 Graham was honoured with a Doctorate of Business and in January 2010 Graham was appointed the first Regional Ambassador for The Prince’s Trust for Yorkshire & The Humber for his philanthropic approach to his community, staff and those less fortunate than himself.
By 2011 he was further acknowledged by the University of Huddersfield in being appointed their first ever (in 156 years) non-academic Resident Professor of Enterprise & Entrepreneurship.
Graham Leslie is a true Kirklees champion and returns to his home town to share his remarkable story in this seminar.