European Healthcare Distribution Association / Groupement International de la Répartition Pharmaceutique

GIRP team

The GIRP Secretariat is responsible for the coordination of GIRP’s activities and provides advice and consultancy services. Based in Brussels, the Secretariat synergizes the needs and actions of the organisation and is proactively involved in the European legislative process ensuring the optimum result for our members. The team is composed of highly motivated and experienced professionals who take care of every need of GIRP members and keep them up-to-date on current policy developments.

Monika Derecque-Pois

Monika is the Director General of the European Healthcare Distribution Association (GIRP). Monika was first appointed to her current position in 2001 and in her role she represents the interests of pharmaceutical full-line wholesalers in Europe towards supply chain partners and decision makers at the national, European and international level. Monika Derecque-Pois was born in Graz, Austria and has a degree in Economics from the University of Economics in Vienna, where she specialised in International Trade and Marketing.

Martin FitzGerald

Martin is the Deputy Director General for the European Healthcare Distribution Association (GIRP). Martin advises the Association on the matrix of legal issues impacting upon the interests of the pharmaceutical full-line wholesale sector in Europe. He also represents the association externally and in this respect works with the European institutions such as the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council as well as with other European and international organisations such as the Council of Europe and the WHO. Another important part of his work consists of liaising with European stakeholder associations and national health authorities.

Clare Birmingham

Clare is the Association Affairs Executive for the European Healthcare Distribution Association (GIRP). Clare is responsible for leading the creation, development, and distribution of all communications on behalf of the Associationas well as providing support to organise conference content (conference programmes, speakers, briefings), organises the European Healthcare Value Chain Network Forum, helps to lead various member working groups, and provides general assistance to the industry members. 


Prior to joining GIRP, Clare worked as a Policy Assistant at the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris, France. Clare graduated with honors from Clark University and the London School of Economics with a Bachelors dual degree in Political Science and Philosophy. Clare also holds a Masters in European Policy and Global Affairs from l’Université Catholique de Lille. She is bilingual in French and English. 


Pauline Foucher

Pauline is the Senior Manager Public Affairs for the European Healthcare Distribution Association (GIRP). Pauline is responsible for the conception and publication of external communication material, conference content organisation (conference programmes, speakers, briefings,…), the ongoing relationship with GIRP retail partners and development of new information sessions as part of the event strategy.

Prior to working for GIRP, Pauline held the position of Press Attaché at the Embassy of France in New Zealand. She also worked as Communication and Liaison officer on the European project Link:Ed. Pauline studied Communication strategy and Event management at IAE Lille, Ecole universitaire de management. She speaks fluently French and English and understands Spanish.

Aizhan Mamyrkhanova

Aizhan is the Communication and Events Manager at GIRP. She is responsible for organising the Annual Meeting and Conference and Supply Chain Conference, as well as coordinating the external communication. Aizhan also fulfills the responsibilities of office manager in the GIRP office. Prior to joining GIRP, Aizhan worked as Event coordinator and Assistant of Office and Event Manager. She holds a Bachelor degree in International Relations from the University of Warsaw and a Master’s degree in Political Science from Université catholique de Louvain. Aizhan speaks Russian, English and French.

Valentin Plouchard

Valentin is the Regulatory Affairs Executive for the European Healthcare Distribution Association (GIRP). Valentin is responsible for various Committee meetings of the association including legal affairs, technical affairs, and the European Green Deal. He also works on several projects of GIRP, organises the Supply Chain Conference, and provides general assistance to the industry members. 

Prior to joining GIRP, Valentin graduated summa cum laude from the Master of Laws (LLM) in European Legal Studies at the College of Europe in Bruges. He is also valedictorian of the master’s degree in European Union law from the Faculté de Droit et de Science Politique in Aix-en-Provence, France. In addition to his position at GIRP, he is actively involved for more than six years in volunteering activities in the field of education, democracy, and the Rule of Law.Valentin is a native French, English, German and is learning Russian.

Matthieu Bachely

Company :

Matthieu is the Developer and Webmaster of the GIRP website. He's managing, maintaining and improving the performance and security of the website; ensuring an easy way for visitors to navigate and find information. Matthieu is fluent in French and English.

Philippe Michotte

Company : Camtec SPRL

Philippe provides GIRP continuous IT technical support monitoring and maintaining the computer systems and networks of our organisation. He speaks fluent English besides his native French.

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