Ashley Grist

Meet our Trustee: Ashley Grist, Treasurer

Ashley is currently the Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, International for Vertex Pharmaceuticals.

He is responsible for the company’s financial activities outside of the US and Canada, which includes being a great finance partner to the International Leadership Team, ensuring strong oversight of accounting and controls, and taking statutory and fiduciary responsibility for the legal entities.

Ashley was drawn to Vertex because of its patient centricity, science-led approach and focus on rare diseases. With more than 25 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry, he has witnessed the positive impact pharmaceutical companies can make to the lives of patients and is proud of the small contribution he is able to offer.
Prior to joining Vertex in 2018, Ashley worked for 3 years at AstraZeneca where he was Vice President, Group Financial Controller. Previously he spent 19 years at GlaxoSmithKline where he worked in a variety of different senior finance roles in the UK, France, Spain and Central and Eastern Europe.

Ashley holds a BSC Hons in Mathematics from Bristol University and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.

Outside work, Ashley enjoys spending time with his wife, Jo, and their four daughters ranging from the ages of 13 – 23.