Tribute to Dave O’Shaughnessy


Our Association has lost one of its most talented members.

Our friend Dave O’Shaughnessy passed away on October 5.

Dave stood at the cradle of ETHICS around ten years ago and, as a Member of the Board of Directors and of the Strategic Committee, has always been instrumental in suggesting new priorities and initiatives for our Association and implementing the different action plans which were agreed, with a permanent effort to share knowledge and contribute to the development of younger professionals.

Dave’s early career with Glaxo (which became GlaxoSmithKline) included working in clinical trials and quality, which led to him living and working in Singapore. He moved from Singapore to UK to take up the role of International Compliance Officer for GlaxoSmithKline in 2004. Dave then moved to AstraZeneca in 2010 as VP Global Compliance Strategy & Implementation before moving to the Contract Research Organisation Quintiles (which became IQVIA) as VP Compliance, R&D Solutions.

In 2018, he joined Johnson & Johnson where he was a key member of the Healthcare Compliance for Janssen Research and Development in EMEA.

Dave was an example to our profession and many of us have learnt a lot from him.  In all his roles, he brought a “human touch”, both during working hours and after the work was done. Dave truly was a “larger than life character” with the ability to bring together disparate people with different ideas to come to an agreed conclusion in any situation. He was a wonderful person, and we will miss him.

Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with Dave’s wife and their two sons.


If you wish to make a contribution or donation to the organisation chosen by Dave’s family (SUE RYDER DUCHESS OF KENT HOSPICE), feel free to follow this link.