Meet The Team

Continuing our expansion of the Boston office which began in 2023, we’re always looking for bright, talented life science dedicated recruiters who can bring a consultative approach encompassing both our local and global business values.

To discuss joining our team, or utilising our expertise contact the team on / (716)-226-1610 or, directly below


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Tom Hancox
– US Vice-President
 Tom Hancox | LinkedIn

In his 9th year with Cpl, Tom initially built the European commercial desk before inheriting oversight of Engineering, Quality Assurance and Scientific divisions, winning 3 annual group awards in his last 3 years before transitioning over to the U.S.

As the US VP he has now continued his track record of successfully delivering on expansion projects with our life sciences partners covering a range of verticals, therapeutic areas and regions. Whichever functional service model suits, Tom oversees the client relations to ensure each project is delivered to the standards Cpl set globally and to strengthen our offering.

We are currently expanding the Boston office in Massachusetts to further increase our local knowledge and expertise in the U.S with plans to double the team size in Q4 before additional growth in 2024.

Examples of such include huge multi-national projects helping U.S biotech’s complete commercialisation, to individual roles such as;

  • Senior Medical Directors in Clinical Development and Drug Safety
  • Vice Presidents of Sales & Marketing
  • Heads of Clinical Pharmacology
  • Communications Leads
  • Insights & Analytics Managers
  • Clinical Trial Managers
  • Regulatory officers
  • Research Scientists
  • Entry-level Inside sales

And many more!

Outside of Cpl, Tom is business management graduate from the University of West London, big sports fan and qualified skydiver.

Aoife Gillespie
– Consultant

Aoife Gillespie | LinkedIn

The New York born Aoife brings excellent recruitment experience across all therapeutic areas. Her experience prior to CPL was focused on placing life sciences SaaS professionals into roles including Sales Executives, Project Managers, Product Managers, Solution Consultants, Marketing, Business Analysts and more. She has an impressive network and expertise that spreads across the whole pharmaceutical chain. Aoife has recently covered roles within the US & Canada covering: Senior Clinical Trial Manager Manager, Regulatory affairs Outside of Cpl, Aoife obtained a 1st class honours degree in business and Irish degree.


Outside of work, Aoife plays competitive gaelic football and camogie here in Boston, having previously played for Donegal in both sports in her earlier years.

Rhys Rowberry
Rhys Rowberry | LinkedIn

Rhys sits within our U.S team where he specialises in physician/medical recruitment across all therapeutic areas. His network and therefore expertise spreads across clinical development, medical affairs and pharmacovigilance. Rhys works to the high standards globally set by CPL and is a core member of CPL’s ongoing US expansion, where he’ll continue to source alongside the Boston based team.

Rhys has recently covered roles within the US & Canada covering:

  • Senior Director Clinical Development
  • Vice President Medical Affairs
  • VP Clinical Development
  • Senior Medical Science Liaison
  • Director Drug Safety
  • Clinical Development Lead
  • QA Analyst
  • Manager Clinical Trial Operations
  • Director Clinical Pharmacology
  • Director Talent Acquisition

Outside of Cpl, and prior to his business and HR degree, Rhys previously swam at a national level and continues to be a keen sports fan.

Yvette Cleland

Yvette Cleland CEO of Cpl Life Sciences, a global talent firm. In 2019 and 2021 Yvette was nominated by Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) as one of the top 50 most powerful women in staffing globally. After eight years working in the pharmaceutical sector she moved to professional staffing and combines knowledge of both life sciences & staffing in her work at CPL.

In 2012 she joined Clinical Professionals to scale the business for acquisition, drive growth and expand the brand portfolio and global foot print expanding into the US in 2017. Under her leadership the business was successfully acquired, launched the award winning Graduate Academies and CEO/CMO Biotech summits and was involved in the UK apprenticeship trailblazers.

In 2019 she wrote a Parliamentary Review on life science skill shortages, speaks regularly for industry around the “wake up call” and her passion is addressing the growing skills gaps in life sciences.

Kirsty Calow
Chief Sales Officer 

​Kirsty Calow is a highly skilled and dedicated Talent Acquisition Director, with direct Pharmaceutical industry experience and a prodigious track record in supporting cutting-edge Life Science companies achieve their organisational goals through agile talent acquisition solutions.

Kirsty began her career at Pfizer where she specialised within Sales and Marketing for the Vaccines division, demonstrating a passion for improving access to medicines for high-impact infectious diseases.

Since joining Cpl Life Sciences in 2016, Kirsty has fostered lasting relationships with innovative Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical companies across the UK, Europe and the US, with a demonstrable commitment to providing best-in-class talent acquisition and advisory solutions.

With a personal interest in Regulatory Affairs and a deep network of interim and contract consultants across the Life Sciences sector, Kirsty oversees our business contract unit and has supported the contract growth, delivering bespoke fully compliant contract solutions to clients including MSP, FSP, SOW and traditional PAYE and freelance options.  Kirsty and her highly skilled team of Talent Acquisition experts, are ideally placed to support on short and long-term growth plans for Life Science organisations.

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