Based out of the global biopharmaceutical company’s base in Alderley Edge, Metford is primarily responsible for the development and execution of the company’s internal communications strategy. He works directly with the CEO and Executive Team, is a member of the company’s Corporate Affairs Leadership Team and leads the company’s internal communications leadership team and network that spans all business areas and markets in which AstraZeneca operates.

With a team of 20 and an overall corporate affairs budget of $38m, a key comms challenge for Metford has been maintaining employee engagement while the company delivers its pipeline-driven transformation – managing a transitional period of patent expiries, driving growth platforms and supporting the roll-out of new medicines.

Joining AstraZeneca in 2005 from Littlewoods Shop Direct Group – where he held a number of roles across all disciplines of corporate communications, latterly as Head of Group Corporate Communications – Metford was named ‘Leader of the Year’ by Melcrum/Communications Executive Board in 2014.

When he’s not undertaking some of the considerable travel his role demands, Metford enjoys spending quality time with his wife and two daughters (4 and 7).