About us

Harlaxton Associates was founded in 2008 by Michael Brunner, and he was joined in 2011 by Joanne Millington, a highly experienced retail professional. Between us we have over 60 years’ experience of working in retail, healthcare and technology industries both in the UK and abroad, and having achieved success both through working with large teams and individually. Our experience has been gained working in both market leading organisations such as Glaxo SmithKline, Alliance Boots and Smiths Industries, as well as a number of smaller organisations.

Harlaxton Associates works collaboratively with clients to help them improve business performance and build a sustainable platform for the future.

Michael Brunner

Michael BrunnerMichael has a pharmacology degree and spent a year working as part of John Vane’s prestigious research group at the Wellcome Foundation before moving into the commercial world.

He has over 30 years’ experience in commercial sales, marketing and training and team development in the healthcare arena. He has successfully launched products onto the market and has also worked in business development within IT support for GP and hospital electronic prescribing.

More recently Michael has been working with UK universities to support the commercial development of academic IP and was a member of the University of Nottingham MRC – DPFS panel from 2009-11.

Joanne Millington

joanne millington - Harlaxton AssocaitesJoanne is an accomplished and experienced retail professional, and is also a registered pharmacist. She has over 30 years’ experience of working in UK retail, including running a significant multi site retail operation whilst working for Alliance Boots.

During her career she has successfully demonstrated the ability to identify and deliver profit improvements, as well as developing and leading major change programmes UK – wide on behalf of Alliance Boots.

She has worked with clients from different retail organisations to improve their business performance and to identify opportunities for growth.

Joanne is a trustee and board member for Nottinghamshire Hospice and Rainbows Children's Hospice.


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