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.

An unrepentant boardgame geek, amateur cook, keen reader, and father of two, Ben’s just returned to playing the piano after a 20-year break. He briefly managed to overtake his children, musically, but thanks to the competition they’re now showing him how it’s really done.

Bieneosa Ebite, Head of Communications and Government Affairs, Inclusion and Diversity at GSK

Bieneosa is Head of Communications and Government Affairs, Inclusion and Diversity at GSK and is passionate about building an equitable workplace culture.

As part of her remit, she is responsible for developing a proactive and ambitious communications and government affairs strategy for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in support of GSK's business objectives that engages key stakeholders, leverages opportunities, manages risks, and builds corporate reputation and employee pride.

Before GSK, Bieneosa was Head of Corporate Communications at Centrica and Centrica Women's Network co-chair.

Earlier in her career, Bieneosa was part of an award-winning communications team contributing to McDonald's revitalisation in the UK.

In addition to a long history with consumer-facing brands and running her PR consultancy, she has worked in the public and not-for-profit sectors. Bieneosa co-founded Ignite, a not-for-profit organisation that operated from 2009-2013 to promote the benefits of cultural diversity in the public relations industry.

Bieneosa has been a mentor for Women in PR and is a non-executive director for the Climate Alliance Community Interest Company, which runs One Home, a UK consumer awareness campaign dedicated to providing practical solutions to climate change.

Clara Bentham, Head of Corporate Affairs UK and Ireland, Sanofi

Clara has enjoyed a long career in the pharmaceutical industry, where she has held leadership positions in a number of organisations in the UK and globally, including Servier, Norgine, Chiron Vaccines and the ABPI. Clara has worked across all aspects of corporate affairs and healthcare communications and in a wide range of therapy areas, including vaccines, oncology, gastro-enterology, women’s health, consumer health, emergency health and cardiology. She is currently Head of Corporate Affairs for Sanofi in the UK and Ireland.

Clare Stafford, Director of Communications, Holland & Barrett

Clare Stafford is Director of Communications for Holland & Barrett. A Communications Leader with over 25 years’ experience in Retail, Health, Wellness and Beauty - across reputation management, corporate communications, consumer PR, brand communications, social media and internal communications.

Over the past 2 years, Clare has led the development of a new strategic PR function for Holland & Barrett as well as driving its internal communications and ESG capabilities, bringing to life the brand’s leadership in wellness.

Clare previously worked for Boots UK, leading their external communications team, working across both pharmacy, healthcare and some of the biggest brands in beauty.

Dr. Vishaal Virani, MBBS Head of UK Health, YouTube

Vishaal started his career as an NHS doctor, and subsequently transitioned into healthcare strategy consulting and digital health. Vishaal now works at YouTube, where he is building out the brand new Health offering to empower and educate millions of YouTube users across the UK in partnership with NHS organisations, health charities and others. Vishaal is also a co-founder of Doctorpreneurs, the world’s largest community of healthcare innovators, a governor of the Royal Free NHS Trust, and a guest lecturer on digital health.

Georgina Charlton, Communications Manager at Eisai EMEA

Georgina Charlton started in Communications in 2016 working in an agency in London before moving in-house to work at Hatfield-based Eisai EMEA in 2019. While at Eisai Georgina has led on brand communications within the epilepsy franchise, developing the Eisai EMEA LinkedIn channel and a variety of internal communications including all-company meetings and, most recently, an internal podcast for colleagues. Georgina was the winner of the PharmaTimes Communication Manager of the Year award in 2021.

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.

Mike Dixon, CEO, Healthcare 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.

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.

Rina Newton, ABPI Code & Compliance Expert, Member of the Women & Enterprise APPG, Expert Witness, Author, Speaker, Mentor

Rina Newton is a PhD pharmacist with 25 years’ experience working with the ABPI Code of Practice (as an originator, reviewer, signatory and auditor). Before founding CompliMed in 2010, she worked at Sanofi, Eisai and AstraZeneca in a variety of Compliance & Medical roles.

CompliMed was the UK’s leading Compliance & Medical Agency supporting both pharma and associated agencies with Code advice, approvals, training, audits, complaint support etc. Rina is therefore well-versed with the practical challenges of applying the Code to everyday and exceptional situations.

Rina is a mentor, speaker and author and strongly advocates that making compliance clear empowers us all to do the right thing.

CompliMed merged with PharmaLex in 2021 and Rina left the organisation in 2022.


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