Yvette Cleland joined the staffing industry after an eight-year career in the pharmaceutical sector. In 2012, she joined UK-based life sciences staffing provider The Clinical Professionals Group as group managing director to scale the business for acquisition, drive growth and expand the brand portfolio and geographic footprint of the business; she was appointed to CEO in 2014. Cleland has overseen the launch of two new programs — Graduate Academies and Physician to Pharma — and led the company through its 2015 acquisition by CPL Resourcing. In 2017, she led the expansion of the business into the US. In 2018, she was asked to write a parliamentary review on life sciences staffing.