Who's Who

The Directors of EctoPharma are committed to operating the company in an efficient, transparent and ethical manner in pursuit of business goals, shareholder value and patient benefit.
The company was founded as Safedip Ltd in 1996 by Ian Parsons.  The initial invention was based on a timber treatment that was entirely safe for bats and the intention was to produce an alternative to organophosphate based sheep dips.  Ian stepped down from the Board in 2010 when agreement to market the human headlice treatment was reached with Thornton & Ross.

  • Matthew Benson – Non-Executive Chairman
  • Alan Walker –  Chief Executive Officer
  • Robert Dick – Non-Executive Director
  • Pat Campbell Fraser – Non-Executive Director
  • Dr Alison M Spaull – Non-Executive Director


  • Alan Walker – CEO

Matthew Benson – Non-Executive Chairman - Matthew graduated from Oxford University in 1988. Following a spell at Morgan Stanley International focusing on equity and equity derivative products, he established a consultancy business assisting large corporates investigating start-up opportunities, mainly in the healthcare field.  In 1988, he joined Rettie & Co, a leading Edinburgh-based property agent, to establish the firm’s presence in residential property development.

Alan Walker –  Chief Executive Officer - Alan Walker has over 40 years’ experience working in industry in the United Kingdom and abroad.  He has held senior positions on the Boards of a number of international listed companies including a Presidential role with a US-based global pharmaceutical company.  A Chartered Director and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors, Alan is also Chairman of a high-tech company and is a former Vice-President of the Association of British Pharmaceutical Industries.

In 2008, Alan gained an MSc in Corporate Direction from the University of Wolverhampton where he is now completing a PhD in Company Board Effectiveness.

Robert Dick – Non-Executive Director - An MA graduate of Cambridge University, Robert founded a pesticide distribution business called Agrikem Ltd which went on to be acquired by a subsidiary of Shell plc.  He remained involved with the company, becoming its Purchasing & Commercial Director.

Pat Campbell Fraser – Non-Executive Director - Patrick gained Honours degrees in Law from Oxford and Edinburgh Universities, before qualifying as a solicitor and Writer to the Signet in 1961. He trained as an investment analyst and has worked with various investment companies in Edinburgh. A co-founder of Stewart Fund Managers, Pat has managed a range of stock market portfolios as well as several venture capital investments in the UK and USA, particularly in the oil industry.

Alison Spaull – Non-Executive Director  - Alison is a graduate of Reading University with an Applied Zoology degree and a doctorate in nematology. Initially in full time research at Rothamsted Experimental Station she became a specialist agricultural advisor in entomology and nematology for the Scotland Agricultural College before managing the organisation’s research programme.  She went on to be Director Scottish Government Health Directorates’ national research programme until head hunted to turn-around a large pan-Canadian healthcare research project. She is an experienced investor and business angel with a range of non-executive positions.





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