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Professional memberships

  • Institute of Clinical Research (ICR), Honorary Fellow (HonFICR)
  • Association of British Science Writers (ABSW), Full member
  • Medical Journalists Association (MJA), Full member
  • European Association of Science Editors (EASE), former member
  • Association of Professional and Learned Society Publishers (APLSP), former member

Career history

Institute of Clinical Research (2001 – 2013)

  • Board of Directors (2010 – 2012)
  • Head of Media (2009 – 2013)
  • Editor, CRfocus (2001 – 2009)

The Institute of Clinical Research (www.icr-global.org) is one of the most widely respected membership organisations for professionals involved in all aspects of clinical development, providing networking opportunities and high quality training, along with a highly-regarded magazine, for professionals in the UK, throughout the EU and worldwide.

On leaving my role with the organisation, I was awarded an Honorary Fellowship in recognition of my contribution to the sector and to the organisation.

Areas of expertise

Subject-matter expert: Clinical development
  • Recognised and respected commentator on EU clinical trial policy, regulation, strategy, operations and resourcing
  • Insight into hot topics in clinical development (eg, outsourcing, technology, globalisation, risk adaptation, etc.)
  • Member of EMA Working Party addressing transparency of clinical trial data
  • Written policy statements and discussion papers
  • Prepared conference streams, drafted content themes, selected speakers and chaired conferences
  • Extensive network of contacts in senior operational positions in pharma, CRO, NHS, NIHR etc.
  • Former member of PICTF Communication group addressing competitiveness of UK clinical research
  • Written articles for other publications/organisations to present company activities and positions
Magazine editing/publishing
  • Edited and published over 100 issues of Clinical Research Focus, turning a popular members’ title into a widely-respected professional magazine
  • Commissioned, reviewed, sub-edited and wrote many feature articles and op-ed pieces
  • Chaired an Editorial Advisory Board to oversee the strategic direction of the publication
  • Final approval of all imagery and page layout, proof-reading all pages and briefing designer
  • Reported and live-blogged/tweeted from conferences and other events
  • Managed internal direct reports and external authors, typesetters and other suppliers
  • Developed and implemented a peer review system for “feature” articles
  • Liaised across the clinical research community to determine relevant editorial themes
  • Developed internal systems for tracking articles from commissioning through review to publication
  • Linked editorial themes and content to wider organisational strategy
  • Delivered magazines to budget due to robust cost-side modelling
  • Sold print and online advertising for several years, peaking around £400k turnover
Selected recent articles, editorials & interviews
Online media
  • Founded & maintain group on LinkedIn with over 2300 members
  • Many podcast interviews with prominent figures eg, Prof. Sir Michael Rawlins & Dr Ben Goldacre
  • Developed integrated news publishing platform linking website, RSS, Twitter & email
  • Produced YouTube videos, including scripting & recording of voice-over narration
  • Developed & deployed smartphone app delivering ICR content to new audiences worldwide
Marketing & promotion
  • Developed & implemented successful email promotion and tracking systems
  • Active social media presence promoting publications and events on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook etc.
  • Targetted email promotions based on previous responses, other demographic factors etc.
  • Developed ad campaigns using LinkedIn Ads
  • Familiar with Google Analytics to track effectiveness of promotional campaigns
Membership organisation management
  • Contributed to strategic discussions around member requirements, demographics & economics
  • Helped to plan, develop and deliver conferences and other networking events for members
  • Responsive and helpful to customer enquiries relating to all areas of activity
General management
  • Member of Senior Management Team & Board of Directors
  • Financial modelling/planning, analysis and use of management accounts
  • Trusted role and opinions in managing company constitution, Board elections and “crisis” situations
IT & telecoms
  • Management & administration of Windows network/email, telephone system & door security system
  • MS Office “power-user”, including detailed analyses using SQL/Access/Excel
  • Extensive experience of website development using HTML, CSS, ASP, Javascript and Perl

Link-Connect Ltd (1999 – 2000)

I worked in the marketing department of a small “dot com” firm with large ambitions, writing promotional copy for various clients and the company itself. I also produced business plans and extensive pitch documents for major client presentations and served as liaison between technical and marketing operations.

SelectScience Ltd (1998 – 1999)

  • Editor-in-Chief

I was a core partner in the conception, build and launch of this website for applied chemists. It enabled them to search for and review laboratory equipment in a way that is now standard but was then ahead of its time.

International Scientific Communications Ltd (1992 – 1998)

  • European Group Editor (1994 – 1998)
  • Associate Editor (1992 – 1994)

I served as Editor for five European titles for the applied chemistry profession (from biotechnology to clinical diagnostics), ensuring copy was interesting, accurate and timely. I represented the magazines at press conferences, exhibitions and advertiser meetings, and was a key link to the US head office.

Languages

  • English: Mother-tongue
  • French & German: Basic/Intermediate

Education

  • BSc Hons (iii) in Chemistry, University of East Anglia & University of Texas at Austin
  • 5x A levels, grades A-C
  • 10x O levels, grades A-B

General information

  • Full, clean driving license
  • UK citizen & resident
  • Accustomed to business travel and living overseas
  • Married for 13 years, with 2 children. Family home in Buckinghamshire
  • Accomplished musical theatre performer and semi-professional musician