MEET THE TEAM

Makara Health is made up of experienced and talented people all motivated by one goal – passion to improve people’s health and their lives through effective communication that creates sustained behaviour change.

Louise Sharp

Owner and Managing Director

Louise Sharp

Louise is a healthcare communications professional with 25+ years’ experience in marketing communications and education. She is a marketeer and NLP Trainer and loves working closely with clients to achieve great results, believing that ‘anything is possible’. Outside of work Louise likes to explore new places and learn new skills. Her current challenge is mastery of the French language.

Louise Finke

Director

Louise Finke

With over 15 years commercial experience working directly in the Pharmaceutical Industry in both UK and International roles, Lou brings her award winning approach to Makara Health. She has worked across many parts of the pharmaceutical business, from Sales to Marketing and across many therapy areas, leading teams from Product Launches to Mature Life-Cycle management.
Lou is passionate about “bringing people on the journey” and strives to achieve a strategically aligned, effective and compliant working group. She enjoys creatively finding solutions and looking for new opportunities.
Outside of work, she enjoys running, scuba diving, and teaching Capoeira a Brazilian Martial Art, whilst spending as much time as possible with her husband and 2 boys.

Anna Hayden

Operations Director

Anna Hayden

Anna is a highly organised support and administration professional who thrives on finding solutions and ensuring everything runs smoothly. She has over 10 years’ experience in delivering logistical support both to clients and in house. Anna has a menagerie of animals including dogs, chickens, ferrets and pigs.

Helena Wright

Associate Director

Helena Wright

With a degree in journalism, Helena has a strong PR and communications background, and has spent over a decade in the healthcare sector. She has a mix of in-house and agency experience and has delivered award-winning corporate communications programmes, disease awareness campaigns, and product launches at global and national levels. Outside of work she can often be found visiting farms and parks with her two energetic children.

Helen Laurence

Associate Director

Helen Laurence

Helen has worked in the field of healthcare communications for over a decade. She has worked on large scale programmes for a number of prescription only brands and also has consumer experience involving a mixture of traditional and social media relations. When not at work Helen enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading and running.

Katie Bright

Associate Director

Katie Bright

With a strong scientific background and consumer advertising experience, Katie has been focusing in healthcare communications for over 12 years. Her experience ranges from advertising and promotion through to medical education, across a variety of audiences and through multiple channels. She loves exercising her project management muscles coordinating two children, a terrier and a tortoise named George.

Alice Carlisle

Account Director

Alice Carlisle

Alice has over 10 years’ experience in healthcare communications. She has worked with both International and national clients to deliver customised solutions, from integrated product launches to disease awareness campaigns. Alice’s diverse experience includes medical education, event management, publication planning and digital communications. In her spare time Alice is a keen runner and is training for her first marathon.

Zoë Hayton

Account Director

Zoë Hayton

Zoë has over 15 years’ experience in marketing communications throughout the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry from product management and new product launches to developing integrated communication programmes for market leading pharmaceutical brands. Zoë focuses on delivering added value to clients through strategic support and excellent tactical implementation. Zoë enjoys spending time on the beach with her family and English Bulldog.

Dr Nick Broughton

Ethics and Compliance Partner

Dr Nick Broughton

Dr Nick Broughton is a specialist consultant in pharmaceutical ethics and compliance. He has over 15 years experience in the pharmaceutical industry including UK and European medical and regulatory affairs director roles.
He provides education in pharmaceutical ethics and compliance to UK, European and global codes of practice focusing particularly on the decision making process and compliance culture.

Tara Dominick

Director of Performance Communications

Tara Dominick

Tara’s combined use of theatre skills and NLP creates a unique approach that rapidly improves individual performance and creates highly effective and motivated teams. She has extensive media experience and won a Millennium award for her work in transformative learning. She lives on the Jurassic coast and has a passion for writing, photography and mindfulness.

Leslie Robertson

Director of Audience Engagement

Leslie Robertson

Leslie has held many senior leadership roles in healthcare, spanning human resources, events, employee engagement, and global sales and marketing. A true innovator, Leslie is constantly exploring ways technology can help create better audience participation, and turn delegates into participants. When not working, Leslie is eternally curious about many things from the neuroscience of learning through to his favourite football team Raith Rovers..

Mark Thomas

Presence and Impact Coach

Mark Thomas

If you need to deliver an engaging and influential presentation then speak to Mark. With over 20 years working across Pharma, Mark has helped sales teams improve their performance, trained medical teams to communicate science in a way others understand and coached senior leaders to deliver killer presentations at conferences. Outside work, Mark runs to keep sane and is learning to parent social media savvy children.

Sandie Lowery

Senior Medical Writer

Sandie Lowery

Sandie has worked across a broad spectrum healthcare communications sectors for over 18 years. With ethical, consumer and patient-group experience, she offers a proficient versatility. She has a passion for cooking and loves to read.

Gina Dootson

Senior Medical Writer

Gina Dootson

Gina has over 25 years’ experience in the healthcare environment starting in research and moving to medical communications almost 10 years ago. She has experience in developing educational concepts from e-learning programmes for global sales forces to patient websites.
Gina is a singer-songwriter and performs locally and sometimes nationally.

Sarah Birch

Senior Medical Writer

Sarah Birch

Sarah combines a strong scientific background, honed during 8 years’ Postgraduate and Postdoctoral medical research, with 15 years’ experience in Medical Communications. She has written a range of materials including peer-reviewed publications, scientific abstracts, slide sets and training materials across a range of therapeutic areas. She loves walking her dogs and continuing her scientific experimentation by making jams and chutneys.

Julian Ball

Senior Medical Writer

Julian Ball

Julian is committed to delivering clear, engaging and accurate content. He enjoys working with clients, opinion leaders and his internal team to help balance the ‘detail’ and ‘strategic vision’ needed to ensure the development of accurate and impactful communications. Julian’s personal time is consumed by his three daughters and their relentless ambition to turn him into a worthy children’s entertainer.

Stuart Cossins

Finance Director

Stuart Cossins

Stuart is an experienced finance professional with over 35 years’ experience, the last 10 years working for companies in the healthcare environment spanning medical communications, regulatory and market research. In his spare time Stuart enjoys gardening and spending time with his large family including his five grandsons.

Kim Mallard

Project Co-ordinator

Kim Mallard

Kim is a new addition to the Makara Health Team and new to healthcare communications. With years of experience as a research scientist, her organised approach and attention to detail has delivered reliable, quality results in the public and commercial sector. Originally from New Zealand, she is a keen All Blacks fan.

Flo Taylor Jones

Project Co-ordinator

Flo Taylor Jones

Flo has varied experience in administration, psychology and theatre. She enjoys developing creative solutions and taking on new challenges. In her spare time, she can be found researching genealogy, travelling with her friends and boyfriend, and performing with her comedy group.

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