Some of our Team

KPC International is a privately held company led by CEO John Devlin and supported by the management team and key strategic advisors which bring a range of skills and experiences for the leadership and governance of the organisation. We have a significant team world wide, with an extensive network of consultants.

Some of the team are outlined below.

John Devlin
John Devlin Founder & CEO
A chemical engineer, John has spent many years providing expert knowledge on Commissioning, Qualification & Validation to biotech companies such as Novartis, Gedeon Richter, Wyeth, Merck Serono & BMS, both nationally and internationally. As an internationally recognized expert in the area of Commissioning and Qualification, John has been published in Pharmaceutical Engineering, May/June edition 2007 – “Integration of Commissioning and Qualification with other Phases of the Project Life Cycle” and is well versed in latest industry guidelines including ASTM E2500.

In 2001 John established KPC International, with a view to providing specialist expert consulting services (Project Management/Plant Start-up) to clients in the Pharma/Biopharma industry. In the last 8 years the organisation has grown in size and across markets to being a significant leader in the provision of technical services to the biotech and pharma industries.

Julianne Hogan
Julianne Hogan Chief Technical Officer
An Industrial Biochemist by training, Julianne has spent over 18 years in the Biotech industry. Executing and leading in areas such as, R&D, Virology, QC, Process Development, Tech Transfer, Validation, Project Management and Quality & Compliance.

Julianne joined KPC in 2012 and since then as CTO has led on formulating the KPC philosophy, establishing the systems and processes for the development and growth of the business, such as: Project Management Organisation, Quality Management System to ISO9001:2015 accreditation, marketing strategies & brand development as well as establishing & maintaining employee & client relationships and providing consultancy to clients in the areas of Technology Transfer & Operational Readiness.

Tony Calnan
Tony Calnan Technical Operations Manager
Tony is an accomplished engineer with 20+ years’ operational experience in the pharmaceutical API manufacturing sector. He is highly experience in start -up facilities, having been responsible for the design, procurement, installation and commissioning of the complete site infrastructural services for a major Greenfield API site in Shanghai China. He also has significant experience in operational activities, empowering teams and nurturing continuous improvement cultures, EHS and Quality having spent 8 years as the head of Production for Novartis API site in Ireland. Tony currently leads a project responsible for the C&Q of a packaging and warehouse facility.
Gerry James
Gerry James Head of Commercial Operations
Gerry is a Chartered Management Accountant with over 30 years of experience in senior financial and general management roles in Ireland, Australia and UK. With experience in distilling, distribution, software engineering, education and retail, Gerry has led teams through significant periods of change management, through growth and retrenchment cycles and across all continents.

Gerry joined KPC in 2019 to further develop and refine the group’s business practices, with clients, suppliers and staff firmly to the fore.

Ciarán Mullally
Ciarán Mullally Regional Manager for Asia - Pacific
A Chemical Engineer, Ciarán has spent 8 years in the pharmaceutical industry working in Ireland, Germany and Singapore and is also a committee member with the ISPE Singapore Affiliate.

Since Joining KPC International in 2015, Ciarán has worked as a Commissioning and Qualification Engineer on projects with a number of the company’s larger multinational clients. More recently Ciarán has worked as the Head of Commissioning with one of KPC’s multinational biopharma clients in Singapore and is currently the Regional Manager for KPC International in Asia-Pacific.

Brian O'Connell
Brian O'Connell Project Manager
A Project Manager Brian has spent nearly 20 years in the Pharmaceutical, Medical Device & Biotechnology industries working in Ireland, Germany and the UK across Multi-National Global Projects. He has worked across Projects in Process Validation, Cleaning Validation, Technical Transfer, Audit Preparation & Regulatory Submissions. He holds a BSC in Chemistry of Pharmaceutical compounds, a MSc in Biotechnology, a Six Sigma Greenbelt, an IPMA Level D Diploma in Project Management and is currently studying for a PMP Exam.

Since Joining KPC International in 2014, Brian has worked on projects with a number of the company’s larger multinational clients in Sligo, Westport, the UK and in Dublin. He also has worked with smaller clients to add to the depth of his experience. He aims to add his Regulatory & Quality knowledge to his Project Management skills to deliver the best results for KPC Clients

Tina Kelly
Tina Kelly Head of Recruitment
Tina joined KPC in 2021 and brought, with her, a wealth of recruitment and team management experience. A committed and innovative Recruitment Manager Tina has led operational change and process improvement throughout our recruitment department. She is a natural leader and believes in empowering high performing teams to deliver outstanding results.

Tina has a proven track record in leading complex and vast recruitment campaigns across Ireland and Asia and she brings drive, enthusiasm and humour to all her projects.

She is passionate about providing an excellent candidate experience and building trust and open communication with her hiring managers and clients.

Tina holds an honours degree in Social Policy.