Meet our film geeks and fitness freaks, our gamers and bakers, movers and shakers

Abbey Pearson
Associate Medical Writer

Having graduated with a Masters in Biochemistry, Abbey is particularly fascinated by genetics and molecular oncology. At home, she loves to stretch her new embroidery skills, scrapbook, add to her growing collection of science-fiction books, cook yummy food and help keep Spirit supplied with plenty of homemade cake!

Abbie Richold
Medical Writer

After a few years trialling out the different aspects of med comms, Abbie’s creativity, eye for detail, and love for developing creative slides led her to writing. When she’s not working (or watching her dogs accidentally fall into the canal), she can usually be found playing hockey, listening to comedy, or taking part in the occasional bungee jump.

Abi Marmont
MSS Team Director

Having freelanced across everything from publications to med affairs, Abi has perfected the art of distilling bulky clinical reports into succinct posters, presentations and manuscripts. Her two teenage boys and two dogs apparently don’t keep her sufficiently busy as she can’t resist seeking out (and beating) new challenges, whether that’s marathons, bog-dipping or captaining the local hockey team.

Ailidh Chisholm
Editorial Assistant

Nicknamed the ‘talking dictionary’ at school, Ailidh’s appreciation for the written word led first to a linguistics degree and then to med comms. Once she’s made sure everyone has dotted their I’s and crossed their T’s, she can usually be found at one of her favourite vegan restaurants, trying (and failing!) to touch her toes at yoga or dipping into a new fantasy adventure novel or movie.

Andy Beksa
Senior Designer

Over the years, Andy has brought to life many challenging creative briefs, helping to bring clarity to complexity and jazzing things up where necessary. To help him relax from his design tribulations, he tends to a flock of hens, bakes cakes from their eggs, and then listens to increasingly obscure genres of music.

Aven Bang
Acting Senior Editorial Coordinator

An expert Googler of UK vs US spelling, Aven uses her editing talents to make sure your commas are in the right places and your thoughts stay on track. A creative, flightless bird from New Zealand, in her spare time Aven defies the laws of gravity, spreading her wings to navigate the globe, getting into strange situations and meeting even stranger people.

Carol Lucas
Editorial Assistant

Carol is new to Med Comms having previously been in the legal field, but the pull of working in Editorial simply proved too great for to resist. As a long term Derby County season ticket holder, she’s used to stress and unwinds by taking it out on her characters in the books she writes.

Caroline McGown
Scientific Director

Caroline has worked on a variety of accounts at Spirit and particularly enjoys onsite conference reporting. Outside of work, she is happiest getting muddy in military-style fitness bootcamps, or letting her competitive side show on the badminton court.

Casey McKeown
Associate Medical Writer

Following several years as a veterinary nurse, Casey has relished getting stuck into biology of the human variety at Spirit, with obesity joining her existing interest in respiratory and oncology. Her love of animals continues at home (her dog, cat and Amazon parrot are all rescues), with her other passions being travelling, the great outdoors and netball.

Catherine Stanton
MSS Team Director

Despite loathing cheesy clichés, it truly is all about the teamwork for Catherine, who gets a real kick out of helping her colleagues develop and reach new professional heights. The only thing this cookie-obsessed Scot hates more than clichés is stereotypes…which makes it unfortunate that she also happens to love playing the bagpipes.

Cathy Baker
Head, Medical & Scientific Services

Cathy is losing count of the clients and therapy areas she’s worked across during her 20 years in pharma and med comms, but without question her favourite part is nurturing the talents of her team. When she’s not doing that, she’s usually watching pretty much any sport going, particularly athletics, football, rugby and F1.

Ceilidh McConnachie
Principal Medical Writer

Ceilidh’s love of med comms stems from the pride she takes in the positive impact our work has on people, from getting key data published to working directly with patient and charity organisations. She puts couch potatoes to shame, either pushing herself in CrossFit or bagging Munros with her Alaskan Malamute, Stitch (who takes after his destructive-yet-adorable Disney namesake).

Chris Beadle
Account Manager

In stark contrast to his rock band roots, Chris is a man with cool, calm and collected style. When he’s not project managing, pulling together a budget or mocking Graham’s choice of colourful clothing, Chris can be found behind a drum kit, reminiscing about his glory days and wondering if he might yet perform on the Glastonbury stage.

Claire Stoker
MSS Team Director

With a background rooted in genomics, it is no wonder Claire has spent most of her career specialising in oncology. Outside of the office, Claire loves to travel and is a keen cycler and painter, she is currently trying (and failing) to complete her own interpretation of Monet’s Water Lilies.

Claudia Venables-Stack
Associate Medical Writer

Having just graduated from her Masters in molecular microbiology, Claudia took the leap into med comms and is already getting stuck in. An experienced hockey player and climber who has already summited Mt Kilimanjaro, Claudia also plays the flute, guitar and piano…so she’s just a looping pedal away from starting her own one-woman band!

Dan Hami
Medical Writer

For his day job, Dan immerses himself in the intricate art of medical communications while dipping his toe into voice acting. His penchant for a quiet life has encouraged his deep interests in history and gardening, but he has previously been forced into diverse activities such as skydiving, white water rafting and international peace initiatives.

Danielle Burrows
Senior Account Manager

Dani’s love of biology led to a biomedical science degree, and her love of organisation led to a life in med comms. Her post-work combo of choice is a glass of fizz, a log burner and snuggles with the family (and dogs), although wilder evenings may involve boogying at Kasabian, Blossoms or Happy Mondays gigs.

Danielle McDougall
Associate Medical Writer

Fresh from a PhD in prostate cancer cell-based research, Danielle is brand new to the world of medical communications, but has already woven herself into the social fabric of Spirit. A true hodophile (a lover of travel… and also a great Scrabble word), she’s often gallivanting around in her converted campervan with her miniature schnauzer, Doris.

Debbie Day
Senior Medical Writer

With a background in biomedical science, Debbie works predominantly in publications, enjoying building on knowledge and experience in this area of med comms. When not at work, Debbie’s greatest passion is to spend time outdoors, camping, hiking, off-road cycling and surfing.

Diana Marouco
Senior Medical Writer

With a background in molecular biology, Diana’s main interest lies in understanding the intricacies of the different therapy areas, having worked within diabetes, obesity and fertility.  When not immersed in the world of med comms and the joys of motherhood, Diana is a keen crocheter… though her projects are frequently ruined by her two mischievous cats, Titan and Calypso.

Dipika Morgan
Senior Account Executive

With a decade of experience under her belt, Dipika has managed a multitude of projects of all shapes, sizes and complexities from conception to completion. She takes full advantage of her proximity to the Peak District to get her running shoes on regularly – at least, when she’s not on taxi duty for her girls!

Elisa Glaze-Santonen
Senior Account Manager

Elisa is experienced in managing a wide variety of projects, and is in charge of day-to-day account management. She is widely known as ‘The Finn’, who relishes a good selfish cup of tea, enjoys practising yoga, and her fascination with growing an indoor jungle has earned her the nickname ‘crazy plant lady’ – indeed, any kind of greenery will produce an unusual sparkle in her eye.

Elizabeth Kerr
Account Director

If you want top-tier project and financial management, Elizabeth is your woman, with plenty of experience across numerous therapy areas. She’s also your woman if you’re after fresh veg as she grows her own in an allotment…When she’s not being dragged around the Peak District by her dog.

Emma Burgess
Senior Account Director

With extensive experience across numerous therapeutic areas, communications and digital activities, Emma knows her stuff when it comes to delivering excellent project and financial management alongside her team. An all-weathers rugby mum, she loves spending time with her kids but is also partial to a good book or finding time for some drawing.

Emma McBeath
Senior Account Executive

A Datavision guru, Emma tries to keep a smile on her face while juggling multiple publications to ensure they stay on track from beginning to end. In her spare time, Emma can be found rocking out in various mosh pits, chasing the sun or engrossed in a Liverpool game, all whilst sampling the finest beers the world has to offer.

Emma White
Senior Account Executive

After a spell as a pharmaceutical recruiter, Emma now relishes expanding her knowledge about new and existing pharmaceuticals within the rheumatology and gastroenterology spaces. Outside of work you’ll usually find her trying her hand at new dishes in the kitchen or out exploring the many bars and restaurants of Manchester

Emma Winter
Head, Medical & Scientific Services

Emma’s career has taken her from drug discovery to clinical trial bioanalysis to scientific consultancy, so there are few therapy areas she hasn’t dipped her toe in and her strategic knowledge runs deep. She dons another management hat to lead her daughter’s hockey team, and is registered as a lethal weapon due to holding black belts in three different martial arts.

Erin O’Shaughnessy
Associate Medical Writer

Erin may be new to med comms, but her combined love for science, communication and creativity makes her role as a medical writer a perfect fit. A keen painter who produces everything from portraits to murals, Erin is a lifelong learner and is currently teaching herself both French and Mandarin!

Eve Blumson
Principal Medical Writer

Eve enjoys bringing a creative flair to her work across a number of therapy areas, including oncology, rheumatology and gastroenterology. Outside of the office, Eve can usually be found… outside! (either rock climbing, running, hiking, cycling or walking her whippet puppy, Odie).

Freya Pursglove
Senior Account Executive

Among other things, Freya makes sure our amazing team get from A to Z on their treks around the globe. When she’s not checking in with (or distracting!) her colleagues in the office, you can find her dancing in Manchester bars or curling up with a good book.

Graham Allcock
Senior Scientific Director

Graham has accrued almost 20 years’ experience in medical communications and, all things considered, he’d rather be writing about new medicines than about himself. He has a penchant for ‘loud’ shirts, Arsenal FC, sci-fi movies and books, and the occasional game of poker.

Hannah Bassirat
Senior Account Director

In addition to helping keep all of our plates carefully spinning, Hannah supports our teams strategically and tactically to give clients the most bang for their buck. Her own plates typically contain her latest baking efforts, and she’s commonly found swimming, biking and running (in that order) to work off all that cake!

Hazel Duffell
Account Executive

Hazel first expressed her passion for communicating science as a secondary school teacher, but now uses her neuroscience background to support the client services team with problem solving and understanding different therapy areas. When not out walking in the peaks, she loves live music, festivals and even dusting off her saxophone for some music practice.

Iona Fleming
Managing Director

Never satisfied unless everything is the best it can possibly be, Iona is proud to be at the helm of an amazing team who share her zeal for continuous improvement. With a passion for music and dance, her guilty pleasure is her acoustic guitar – not at all befitting of a long-standing rock chick!

Jacqui Bull
Editorial Coordinator

Jacqui has been working with Datavision for nearly five years, and after her initial panic and tears (which lasted a good six months) she has come to love her job and likes nothing better than tackling a good Datavision query or compliance issue. Jacqui is a keen foreign movie viewer and Manchester United fan, and is now a keen drinker, due to the latter hobby!

Jane Murphy
Principal Medical Writer

After a decade working in medical communications, Jane still gets a kick out of understanding the ins and outs of a drug and its therapeutic potential. Outside of work she fools herself into thinking she has time to play bass guitar and go mountain bike riding, but in reality she’s fully occupied chasing after her two young children.

Jaya Shumoogam
Principal Medical Writer

Jaya has applied her passion for storytelling and bringing scientific stories to life to a range of therapy areas, including cardiovascular, oncology, rheumatology and vaccines. When not tackling the next big challenge in med comms, she loves baking, sewing and walking her Beagle Dexter…or accidentally running into celebrities (Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz, to name a few!).

Jo Jackson
Head, Client Services

A warm and natural communicator, the constant in Jo’s lengthy career in med comms is her love of teams – building them and shaping the collaborative relationships at their heart – which makes her a great fit for Head of Client Services! She also adores dance, theatre, books and walking (on the flat, ideally within sight of a cosy café!).

Judah Lynch
Medical Writer

Having worked on numerous publications since attaining his BA in biomedical science and MA in oncology, Judah’s focus is on the human side of science. Not only does he enjoy music via gigs, festivals and an ever-growing record collection, but he also writes and plays his own…when he’s not delighting in unearthing truly hideous treasures at the local charity shop!

Jude D’Souza
Director, Creative Services

As head of the Creative team at Spirit, Jude has his fingers in numerous design-based pies, but his particular passion is presentations, hence his frequent talks and workshops on the subject. Don’t ever get him talking about cinema, US politics or anything too geeky though, or he’ll never shut up.

Kate Unsworth
Operations Director

An obsessive problem-solver with a passion for training and development, Kate honed her analytic and organisational skills in scientific research and medical writing, before finding her niche in operations. When she’s not baking, reading or doing Pilates, you can usually pique her interest with a challenging puzzle, game or quiz.

Kathleen Morrison
Senior Account Executive

Kathleen’s passion for science led to her gaining experience project-managing the initiation and conclusion of clinical studies, mainly in respiratory and diabetes, at everything from small biotechs to large pharma companies. In her free time, Kathleen enjoys trying to dodge muddy puddles while on walks with her 1-year old girl.

Kathryn Wardle
Medical Writer

Since completing her Science Communication Masters, Kathryn has been passionate about creating public health communication that works and improving accessibility to science. When she’s not tending her impressive collection of house plants (and house rabbits!), you can usually find her busy planning her next trip away.

Katie Fawcett
Account Manager

With over seven years in the medical communication trenches, Katie has enjoyed working on a large array of projects across a wide range of therapy areas. Beyond that, this avid netballer and mountain-climber spends her off hours trying to keep her growing collection of house plants alive or attempting in vain to stop her dog eating yet another pair of flip-flops…

Laura Mackey
Account Director

Laura has worked on a variety of products and accounts, ensuring the highest-quality project and financial management, always with a smile of course. Out of hours, Laura enjoys aerial hoop and silks as well as whipping up a quick cocktail – definitely not at the same time!

Laura Moore
Senior MSS Team Director

Laura’s attention to detail and ability to juggle multiple projects are very useful in her role. Unfortunately, these characteristics don’t always exhibit themselves in her personal exploits. As a keen baker, her cakes are probably more often a ‘baking fail’. To compensate for all that sugar, she is one of those weirdos you see running in the sleeting rain in the dark.

Laura Sillett
Editorial Services Manager

Grammar superheroes, pedants, glorified spellcheckers… editors have been called many things, but Laura prefers to think of her role as providing tender loving care for the written word. Once a cheerleader for the Newcastle Falcons, Laura is a trained dancer and musician, but has a more peaceful life these days murdering people without consequence (when writing psychological fiction, obviously).

Lauren McNally
Principal Medical Writer

Lauren’s background is in microbiology but she loves using her communication skills to get people interested in all things science. Outside of work you’ll find her volunteering at her local rabbit rescue or doting on her own group of four bunnies; her friends call her a crazy rabbit lady, but that assumes there’s such a thing as ‘too many’ rabbits…

Lenna Kovacevic
Account Manager

Lenna loves that every day at Spirit offers new challenges and, having worked on everything from publications to meetings to digital education materials, she’s more than equipped to handle them. When not in the gym, she can be found voraciously vacuuming up new TV shows or enjoying a relaxing summer read on the beach.

Lewis Cawkwell
Senior Medical Writer

With his extensive background in immunology, Lewis was the perfect fit to work on cancer immunotherapy. When not scrambling up hills for fun, he’s happiest watching (almost any) sport with a tankard of home brew in one hand and a pizza in the other. Spirit don’t typically employ fascists, but luckily Lewis only played one in Peaky Blinders.

Lindsay Uglow
Principal Medical Writer

With over a decade in med comms, Lindsay has been involved in everything from rare diseases to diagnostics, and has a particular fondness for mentoring junior staff. On the home front, her two young boys (and two old cats) keep her pretty busy, but she still manages to get her trainers on for the occasional FitBit challenge…

Lizzie Wilkins
Senior Medical Writer

Lizzie is a lover of genetics and data visualisation who, when she’s not crafting her 100th PowerPoint slide, will be rushing home to practise her headstand. Often mistaken for a vegetarian due to her small stature and respect for legumes, Lizzie is also an appreciator of yoga, dumplings, furry mammals and vintage furniture.

Louise Slack
Editorial Coordinator

With a resumé that includes everything from project management to pensions to purchasing consortiums, it’s safe to say ‘organised’ could be Louise’s middle name (which is admittedly less catchy than ‘Elizabeth’). A fully-qualified HGV driver, she personally ferries her horse (a one-eyed Welsh Cob) around to competitions whenever she’s not at home walking her Golden Retriever and German Shepherd.

Marc Swift
Client Services Director

Marc has overseen a plethora of projects at Spirit and provides leadership and guidance. Those who know him well appreciate that he admires the ‘cat’ in communications and has a passion for comedy, cinema and cars – or almost anything that starts with a ‘c’.

Marko Benes

An experienced designer, Marko is a master of data visualisation who excels at crafting succinct, bite-size visuals. He is a keen artist in his spare time, his paintbrush bringing to life ancient legends from around the world, from shape-shifting tricksters to pumpkin-headed heroes.

Nadia Korfali
Senior MSS Team Director

Over her decade in medical communications working across numerous deliverables and therapy areas, the thing that most engages Nadia has always been people and achieving goals together as a team. Another passion is travelling, meeting people from different corners of the world and learning about different cultures, though you can equally find her at festivals or camping with friends.

Nicola Beadle
Principal Medical Writer

A Principal Medical Writer with an eye for detail to rival Sherlock Holmes himself, Nicola enjoys nothing more than scouring a document in the pursuit of grammatical errors (she wishes this was an exaggeration but it really isn’t!). Her spare time, if you can call it that, is spent bowing to the endless demands of her toddler, Thomas, and his canine sidekick Maximus.

Nicola Mountford
Senior Medical Editor

Nicola’s love of consistency (and general enthusiasm for the many quirky rules of the English language) makes her well suited for editing. When not subjecting documents to her eagle eye, she enjoys a good walk, having the occasional adventure trip, trying new foods… or just settling in with a nice cuppa and a decent film after a productive day.

Nicole Cash
Medical Writer

Pharma, academia, medical communications…You name it, Nicole has done it! Fuelled by an innate curiosity, she’s never met any complex scientific data that she couldn’t make more visual, accessible and digestible. Her spare time revolves entirely round her two lovable (and mud-loving) Labradors, Samson and Fergus, ranging from competitive flyball to playing ‘find that toy I hid in the undergrowth’…!

Nikki Kendrick
Senior MSS Team Director

As one of our most experienced Senior Scientific Directors, Nikki has worked in pharma, R&D, a number of agencies and across numerous therapy areas – a true believer that the right drug at the right time for the right patient changes lives for the better. She also believes that a day without netball is… hang on, she never has a day without netball!

Orianne Lopuszansky
Account Executive

Armed with a degree in Biomedical science, Orianne initially project managed clinical trials for the NHS before later finding her way to client services. When she’s not providing support across a range of projects, you’ll usually find her out on the town having a boogie or in a cinema enjoying a good movie.

Paul Barlass
Scientific Director

Paul’s favourite thing about his job is that, despite 18 years in the industry (including a stint in medical information), he still gets to learn new things daily and delve into new therapy areas. A talented baker, proud cat owner and serial cinephile, he was once an extra in the Armstrong and Miller show!

Rebecca Bridgewater-Gill
Principal Medical Writer

Rebecca enjoys developing engaging and creative medical education materials, and is a firm believer that a good team spirit is key to success. Rebecca loves to travel and in her spare time can usually be found experiencing the world from her own home, either cooking up an exotic feast or learning a new language.

Rebecca Cunningham
Medical Writer

It wasn’t just her biochemistry background that drew Rebecca into med comms, but also her fondness for keeping busy and love of learning all manner of new things. Her off hours are usually spent discovering and playing new boardgames…though she’d struggle to pick a favourite!

Rosie Lobley
Communications Manager

Rosie’s background is in publishing, with a dual focus on healthcare access and policy; she is now putting her SEO and social media expertise to use in Spirit’s external communications projects. A politics wonk and wrestling fan (who only occasionally gets the two confused), she’s also partial to murder mysteries, knitting and Lego.

Rouba Bunker
Business Operations Manager

The only thing Rouba appreciates more than a challenge is challenging processes to improve efficiency – no status remains quo in the face of her black belt in Lean and Six Sigma! A passionate cook and polyglot (she currently speaks 4+ languages), she also relishes the outdoors and enjoys a bit of video editing in her spare time.

Sam Whitfield
Associate Creative Services Manager

With experience in both creative roles and those managing various teams, Sam loves nothing more than a beautifully designed process. A DIY enthusiast (who mistakenly believes the ‘D’ stands for ‘demolish’), she enjoys testing food and drink pairings in idyllic settings – preferably abroad, or in the garden she spends far too much money on.

Sandrine Grillon

After eight years as a freelance designer with an affinity for PowerPoint, Sandrine enjoyed working with Spirit so much that she came aboard full-time! A lover of teas of all kinds, she enjoys sketching and writing stories in French (since she’s French) while dreaming of one day setting sail on a boat of her own with her children and cat.

Sara Aldred
Operations Manager

Sara keeps an eye on our business processes to ensure everything is running as efficiently as possible and is always ready for her next project. A globetrotter who loves experiencing new countries and cuisine and meeting new people, her favourite place to date is New Zealand (kia ora!), with her fave experience so far being a 15 000 ft skydive!

Shannon McKeith
Editorial Coordinator

As a Datavision veteran, Shannon has a great understanding of the publication process from start to finish (plus a love of all things compliance-related). A car aficionado with a particular passion for Volkswagens, her party trick is telling the make and model of most cars merely from their rear lights or bits of their interior!

Sophie Walton
Principal Medical Writer

As a writer on a busy publications account, Sophie spends most of her time immersed in two of the things she loves best: science and words. When not in the office, she can usually be found playing video games, reading fantasy novels or watching YouTube videos on the sofa with her cat, Mac.

Steph Kane
Associate Designer

Having recently pivoted toward design, Steph is eager to use her burgeoning creative skills to bring clarity and imagination to data to draw out powerful stories from our science. When she’s not unwinding with a rural walk (plus subsequent hearty pub lunch), you’ll find her indulging her love of social history in National Trust properties and other historical buildings.

Stephen Purver
Principal Medical Writer

Stephen has worked in med comms for (gulp) over 15 years, covering therapy areas from rare interstitial lung diseases to high-profile health concerns like diabetes. Outside of work, Steve likes to run around chasing a ball, watch other people run around chasing a ball, and then sit down in front of a good film.

Terri Penfold
Principal Medical Writer

Fascinated with how we can use our own cells to fight disease, Terri has medical writing experience in CAR T-cell therapy and gene therapy. In her spare time, Terri travels the country with friends on the hunt for the most scenic cross-country runs (swiftly followed by the best breakfast spots) in Britain.

Tony Reardon
Senior Scientific Director

Tony is one of the longest-serving members of the Spirit team, having joined the company when it was 6 months young. Aside from med comms and family, Tony’s other passion is sport. Any sport will do, although football is his main source of enjoyment… or pain, depending on the results of his favourite team!

Vanessa Tang
Senior Account Manager

With experience in biopharmaceutical science, regulatory and supply project management before joining the world of medcomms, Vanessa is a firm believer in the cliché ‘teamwork makes the dream work’ and loves working as part of a team to get the job done. In her spare time, Vanessa is a big foodie who likes to travel the world through her taste buds and enjoys long walks with her dog, Chester.