AVOCA Summits

The Changing Landscape of Clinical Trials

The Avoca Quality Consortium (AQC) is the only consortium focused on quality management in clinical outsourcing and provides leading practices, tools, guidelines, and standards that deliver meaningful improvements to the speed, efficiency, and quality of clinical trials.

Bringing together executives and operational leaders from over 65 pharma, biotech, and clinical service companies, AQC Summits foster a lively, collaborative exchange of perspectives on industry challenges and sharing of best practices on clinical trials quality.

ICON is proud to be the leading sponsor for the 2017 Summits in New York (10-11 May) and Dublin (7-8 June), which also mark the fifth anniversary of the consortium.

ICON participants include:

Neil McCullough, EVP, Quality & Compliance

Neil McCullough provides strategic direction for quality management and quality assurance across all ICON lines of business. Neil has over 26 years of quality and compliance experience in the pharma and CRO industries, in organisations including Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline.


Jeff James, EVP, Alliance Management

Jeff James has overall responsibility for ICON’s key strategic alliance partnerships. Jeff has over 20 years of experience in the CRO and biopharmaceutical industry, including senior roles in clinical operations, project management and executive-level alliance management in organisations including Amgen and AstraZeneca.


Rose Kidd, SVP, Global Clinical Operations

Rose Kidd has overall responsibility for the performance, quality, execution and completion of ICON’s global clinical operations services. Rose has been with ICON for 23 years and is an expert in the operational aspects and metrics required for running successful clinical studies. 


Mark Connolly, Vice President, Firecrest

Mark Joined ICON in 2004, having previously worked in the Software Industry. Mark has 19 years experience in Enterprise Software Design, Development & Delivery combined with 13 year in Clinical Research Industry. At ICON, Mark has held positions of Director of Group Financial Systems and Vice President of IT Applications prior to leading the Firecrest Solutions team. His areas of responsibility have included Enterprise Software Investment & Delivery, Vendor Selection, Benefits Realization, Program Management on large complex projects, Technology Partnerships and M&A Considerations, Site and Patient Facing Solution Strategy. Mark is a Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. He holds a Masters Degree in Project Management from the University of Limerick, Ireland and acts as an Industry advisor to the MSc in Project and Program Management at University of Limerick, Ireland. 

Why Attend?

  • Keynote addresses, mini-TED-like-Talks and panel discussions with thought leaders within and outside of clinical trials
  • Learn about core AQC initiatives in workshops focused on oversight, inspection readiness, measuring and managing risk; thoughtfully applying technology; improving approaches to oversight; and forging clinical trial partnerships that drive innovation.
  • Network and share ideas with industry peers
  • Stay up to date on quality initiatives around the industry

Register for the 2017 Summit Europe.

ICON Quality Management System

Quality is the cornerstone of ICON’s success. ICON’s Quality Management System (QMS) comprises our mechanisms for ensuring that all our services are performed to the highest ethical standards, conform to all relevant regulatory requirements and satisfies contractual obligations. Learn more.