Speakers


Syeda Hasnain-Mohammed, Head of Communications, King’s Health Partner

Syeda is Head of Communications at King’s Health Partners, a leading Academic Health Sciences Centre in London (which comprises a world-leading university for health research King’s College London and three NHS Foundation Trusts, Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley). She is a senior communications leader with significant communications experience in health and public sector communications across several communications disciplines including media, events, stakeholder engagement, digital and social media. She has been featured in PRWeek’s PowerBook for the past two years, and in her role at KHP she has supported south east London’s pandemic and vaccination communications and led system-wide work on improving population health and tackling inequalities.


Over the course of her career she has:

  • led the public and global health media team at the Department of Health and Social Care, and previously the NHS media team;
  • overseen the communications launch for the pilot stage NHS Test and Trace programme as part of the COVID-19 response;
  • supported the Chief Medical Officer to launch annual reports, global AMR projects, immunisation and anti-vaccination rebuttal campaigns, key reviews including on social media harms and children’s screen time, and to manage Government responses to national public health crises (Gosport, maternity safety, clinical waste);
  • worked with the NHS on key campaigns including the NHS Long Term Plan and the NHS’ 70th birthday;
  • managed patient safety communications and NHS agency spending communications at NHS Improvement;
  • worked in a variety of cross-communications disciplines at the Health Ombudsman, Post Office and at BEIS.

Emma Gorton, Deputy Managing Director, Hanover

Emma has worked on a range of therapy areas including pneumococcal disease vaccination, rheumatoid arthritis, COPD, kidney transplantation, oncology and diabetes and has built up broad communication experience in both the product pre- and post-launch phase.

Highlights of her media experience include organising high profile and interactive media events as well as planning and coordinating creative media projects to engage with both medical and consumer journalists. She has led a number of social media campaigns to drive awareness with media, healthcare professionals and the broader public.

In 2018, Emma was featured on PRWeek’s 30 under 30 list.

Anthonia Aboyeji, Global Head of Communications, Human Pharma, Boehringer Ingelheim

Joyce Jeffery, Head of Therapy Area and Brand Communications, Novartis UK

Joyce Jeffery is the Therapy Area and Brand Communications Lead at Novartis UK. She has won awards across the communications spectrum from employee engagement to corporate communications. With a background in media studies and public relations she brings together a passion for creativity with an emphasis on raising the value of communications as a strategic business partner. As a leader she believes deeply in the power of diverse, inclusive and empowered teams. As the NHS looks to address the health inequalities that have been highlighted as part of the COVID-19 pandemic, she believes industry has a significant role to play and communications is a key pillar within that.

Alex Davies, Deputy Managing Director, Hanover

Alex Davies leads the healthcare corporate communications practice at Hanover, of the UK’s most successful PR and public affairs agencies. He specialises in media relations, issues management and crisis communications. He advises the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies on how to tell more engaging stories and is widely considered one of the UK’s leading corporate communications experts.

Chris Caudle, Senior Communications Consultant and Founder, Make Business Social

Chris has worked in healthcare PR and communications for 20 years helping pharmaceutical and healthcare brands plan and implement strategic campaigns that reach and positively impact communities. Chris has helped multiple companies and their executives develop become thought leaders, and grown their presence on LinkedIn. Chris founded Make Business Social in 2022 to help founders, CEOs and senior executives in the healthcare industry raise their profile and become recognised thought leaders in their field.

Michelle Marchione, Global Oncology Patient Affairs, AstraZeneca

Michelle Marchione inspires her colleagues to listen and learn from the experiences of people with cancer, with an aim to help her teams deliver solutions informed by the people they aim to benefit – patients. With a background in communications, stakeholder relations and policy, and roots in the advocacy community, Michelle recently led the development and delivery of New Normal, Same Cancer, a global campaign in partnership with the cancer community, aimed at encouraging people at risk of cancer back into healthcare services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Michelle is part of the Global Oncology Patient Affairs team at AstraZeneca.

Danny Buckland, Freelance Journalist

Danny Buckland is an award-winning journalist who writes about health and the pharmaceutical industry for major national newspapers, European magazines and specialist online outlets. His track record includes extensive experience at senior executive level on British newspapers.

He is regularly commissioned to write insight pieces for the The Times’ Raconteur health sections and is a contributor to panel discussions and health debates. His work concentrates strongly on recalibrating the future of healthcare across prevention, diagnosis, treatment and system delivery. He has produced whitepapers and thought leadership projects for a range of corporate clients and charities.

Paul French, Corporate Affairs Lead UK & Ireland, Bristol Myers Squibb

Paul believes healthcare companies should be a force for good in the world and can make a fundamental difference to people’s lives. He also feels that great teams and organizations are ones that mix the spirit, pace and experimental capacity of a start-up with the scale, influence and reach of a large organization.

At Bristol Myers Squibb, Paul is responsible for Corporate Affairs in the UK and Ireland. This means shaping Internal Culture and leading external communications in Immuno-oncology for as well as providing strategic and tactical counsel in the Innovative Medicines business with a particular focus on Cardiovascular opportunities.

Before Bristol-Myers Squibb, Paul started his career at Eli Lilly, built invaluable communications and public affairs experience with Edelman, fell in love with the power of patient-centric healthcare at Roche and experimented with new technology at Vodafone. This range of experience gives Paul a broad perspective on the drivers of commercial success for both large and small business – and how to bring those into one place. He is a graduate of the University of Leeds and has an MSc in Strategic Marketing from Cranfield School of Management.

Pierre Peotta, External Communications Manager, Abcam

Pierre has 15 years of experience in Communications, Marketing and Sales in the Life Science sector, built up across a range of businesses including biotech, CRO and equipment and reagent provider.

Pierre is currently External Communications Manager at Abcam (AIM:ABC; NASDAQ:ABCM), where he supports the company public relation strategy and operations. He joined Abcam from F-star Therapeutics (NASDAQ:FSTX), where he was in charge of the company Comms strategy for four years. Previously, he worked for NanoSight (pre- and post- acquisition by Malvern Instruments) and Biotem.

Pierre holds an MSc in Molecular Biology with a specialisation in business from the University of Grenoble, France.

Lisa Timothy, UK External Affairs Director, Takeda

Lisa Timothy is a successful corporate affairs and public policy leader with over fifteen years’ experience, gained both in-house and in agency. As the Director of External Affairs for Takeda in the UK and Ireland, Lisa leads public affairs, communications and patient advocacy and is member of the UK and Ireland Senior Leadership Team. Lisa was previously at MSD where she was Director of Policy, Communications and Government Relations and, before that, held several positions of increasing seniority at Lexington Communications. Lisa graduated with a BA (Hons) in History from the University of Sheffield.

Elliot Dunster, Executive Director, Corporate Affairs and Devolved Nations, APBI

Elliot Dunster joined the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) in April 2016 and was promoted to Executive Director, Corporate Affairs and Devolved Nations in January 2019.

Elliot oversees the ABPI’s Government Affairs, Communications and Reputation work across the UK and has worked at the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA).

Prior to joining the ABPI, Elliot worked as the Group Head of Policy, Research, Public Affairs and Press at the disability charity, Scope, and in Westminster as a Parliamentary Advisor to the Business and Treasury Ministerial teams.

Elliot is also a current Trustee at the charity Scleroderma and Reynaud’s UK (SRUK).

Amanda Stuart, Head of Communications and Engagement, Novartis UK


Amanda Stuart is the Head of Communications and Engagement at Novartis UK, responsible for Corporate and Brand Communications; Associate Engagement; and Patient Engagement. She has a background in policy and public affairs (at UK and EU levels), bringing together both public policy and campaigning insights to the C&E work. Additionally she is the Country sponsor for ESG company policy in the UK. Amanda’s previous experience includes roles at the ABPI, Insight Public Affairs and in the UK Parliament.

James Lyons, Director of Communications, NHS England and NHS Improvement

James Lyons is Director of Communications for NHS England and NHS Improvement. James joined NHS England as head of Media and Public Affairs in 2017 after a career in journalism. He was Deputy Political Editor of The Sunday Times, having previously held the same position at the Daily Mirror.

Rebecca Dandridge, Director of Public Affairs UK&I for HIV, Gilead Sciences

Rebecca has a Masters in Arts and began her career as a theatre design lecturer at a prestigious UK University before moving into the pharmaceutical industry working as a creative communications specialist. She has over 18 years’ experience leading teams in delivering external communications and public affairs. She co-leads the Gilead PRIDE Alliance working across Europe, Canada and Australia to champion an inclusive and accepting work environment where diversity is celebrated and LGBTQ+ employees and allies can be their authentic selves. Outside of work she spends enjoyable time with two children.

Miguela Gonzalez, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Abcam

Miguela Gonzalez is the Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Abcam, a global life science firm, where she is working to build an open, inclusive culture. Prior to this, she worked in the media for 15 years, mostly as a journalist with the BBC, but also in data analysis, project management and subject matter expertise roles.

Miguela is also a visiting academic at Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media and Culture and a Commissioner with the Welsh Government’s Independent Commission on the Constitutional Future of Wales.

She brings to her role at Abcam insights gained from wide-ranging experiences in key roles across a number of trusteeships, committees, teams and projects, including innovation funds, school governing bodies, art installations and music festivals.

Hannah Saul, Global Director, Oncology Patient Affairs, AstraZeneca

Hannah Saul leads the AstraZeneca Global Oncology Patient Affairs team bringing the patient voice into the business and working to drive healthcare system change in collaboration with patient advocacy organisations in areas of joint interest. Having worked on most sides of the healthcare advocacy and policy debate; in the pharmaceutical industry (at Global, European and UK level), within patient advocacy organisations in the UK (covering cancer and blindness), and in the political sphere having worked with Global, EU and UK politicians Hannah is passionate about helping people have the greatest life opportunities through having the best health possible.

Marcia McKnight, Communications Lead, Kingston Council

Mike Dixon, CEO, Heath Communications Association

Mike is CEO of the Healthcare Communications Association, the leading professional association uniting and championing all those in healthcare communications. He has over 30 years in healthcare communications, working in-house and leading and owning specialist agencies, with UK and global multichannel experience which also extends across pharma, medical devices, consumer and NHS communications.

Zuzanna Grzeskiewicz, Head of Communications, Sanofi Vaccines- UK & Ireland

Zuzanna Grzeskiewicz is the Head of Communications for Sanofi Vaccines in the UK and Ireland. Having read Social Anthropology at Selwyn College, Cambridge, and with experience working in leading healthcare communications agencies prior to joining Sanofi, Zuzanna is particularly passionate about harnessing insight into human behaviour into communications that aim to improve people’s lives. Her approach has led to multi-award winning work, both at industry level as well as internally.


Zuzanna has recently been awarded the Sanofi Global Impact Award.

Ben Fisher, Head of Health and Director, Scientific Engagement, UK

Ben Fisher is Head of Health & Director, Scientific Engagement at WE Communications in the UK, where he helps lead the company’s scientific engagement and medical education offer, partnering with the clinical community to develop scientific narrative and strategy.

Working in health and scientific communications for more than 20 years, Ben has experience with large networked agencies including WPP and Omnicom, and smaller health offers, including in educational and digital roles. He’s worked on multiple launches in the last 10 years across, global and local markets in scientific engagement and branding, and is an accomplished facilitator in running advisory boards and messaging workshops. Ben has a passion for co-creation of educational programmes.

Ben joined WE in 2020, where he works closely with Terry Bradley, director, scientific engagement. Together, the pair work with medical affairs and marketing teams in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries, globally, regionally and in local markets. Working creatively with his clients, Ben establishes healthcare approaches which make a difference to patients and engage with the clinical community. Ultimately, Ben strives for a science which moves people, informs behaviour, and makes a real-world difference.

Rose Williams, Senior Communications Manager, Boots UK

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