Keith Small joins Lexington Communications from Scottish comms agency Ettrickburn, which specialises in public health and life sciences. He was a director there.
He previously led external affairs at the Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh and was the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry’s first public affairs manager.
While at the ABPI, Small ran its Scottish Office and then jointly led its work with the Government’s Accelerated Access Review, which aimed to speed up access to innovative drugs and diagnostics for the NHS.
He began his career with health and public affairs agency Morhamburn and later worked for Pagoda Porter Novelli.
Growth and hires
Small’s appointment follows Lexington's hiring of three consultants to its health practice, which the agency revealed had recorded double-digit growth during the pandemic.
Lexington Health has diversified its client list, working with what it said were “the biggest names in the healthtech space” while maintaining its traditional pharma client base.
Among its clients are the ABPI and biotech firm Sensyne Health, while its pharma clients include Pfizer, MSD, Sanofi and Takeda.
Emily Cook, director and head of Lexington Health, said: “Keith’s respected expertise in the pharma sector, together with his solid experience in healthcare public affairs and comms, will be of great value to the team and our growing list of clients.”
In February, Lexington opened an office in Cambridge, in addition to its presence in London and Manchester, to serve the growing life sciences and tech sectors in the region.
Small will be based in Edinburgh and will work alongside Ed McRandal, a director at Lexington, to grow the agency’s pharma client base across the UK and internationally.
Small said: “Lexington has developed a strong reputation for its integrated comms offer across healthcare, life sciences and pharmaceuticals, and I’m looking forward to joining such a dynamic, creative and friendly team.”
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