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 SharpOwner and Managing Director
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.
Anna HaydenOperations Director
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.
Helen has worked in the field of healthcare communications for 15 years. She has led large scale PR and comms programmes for a number of prescription-only brands and also has consumer experience involving a mixture of traditional and social media relations. Alongside her agency experience, Helen has worked in-house for the charity Alzheimer’s Society. When not at work Helen enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading and running
With a strong scientific background and consumer advertising experience, Katie had been focusing in healthcare communications for over 15 years. Her experience ranges from advertising and promotion through to medical education and patient engagement, across a wide range of therapy areas. Outside of work she loves exercising her project management muscles coordinating two children, a terrier and a tortoise named George
Tony KnibbDirector, Digital Development
With almost 20 years digital development experience, with 18 years in healthcare communications across a diverse range of self-promotional, disease awareness and branded campaigns. Tony has diverse experience which includes 3D modelling and animation, motion graphics and video editing, websites, games, eDetails and apps. When not at a computer Tony can be found woodworking, stargazing or painting. And often with a cat nearby.
Ekta RohraDirector, Digital Strategy
With a medical background and degree, Ekta has been focusing on the digital aspect in healthcare communications for over 12 years. She is particularly interested in delivering projects that can measure outcomes and ROI. Her experience ranges from eDetails and websites, to online training, apps and targeted communications, across a wide range of therapy areas and target audiences. Outside of work she is a budding photographer and an amateur short filmmaker.
Martin CanningsSenior Digital Developer
Martin has over 11 years’ experience as a developer in healthcare communications. He has a creative passion for all things visual and has a wide range of experience in motion graphics, eDetails, websites, apps, VR/AR and 3D animation. In his spare time he loves upcycling furniture and thoroughly enjoys donning his parent hat to look after his 3 young children.
Neil PadgettCreative Director
Neil provides inspiration, drive and experience having led multi-award winning creative teams in healthcare for over twenty years. Covering promotion, education, market preparation and disease awareness he has created campaigns in many major therapy areas across the UK, EMEA and Global markets. Unsurprisingly, Neil has a keen interest in the arts (with his ever-growing art collection) and you may also catch him (for a brief moment anyway) riding his beloved motorcycle.
Helen RodwaySenior Account Director
Although Helen started her career in consumer advertising, she has been dedicated to healthcare marketing for 25 years, both agency and client side. Her experience covers integrated campaigns for both patients and HCPs, including disease awareness and patient support programmes. While Helen has been leading mostly Global and European level accounts, she has also led the implementation of those campaigns on a local level. In her spare time, Helen enjoys reading and Pilates, but is usually found cheering on her 2 rugby-playing daughters.
Alice CarlisleAccount Director
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 HaytonAccount Director
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.
Gillian WainAccount Director
Working in healthcare communications for over 20 years, Gillian initially started her career in medical publishing. This led to healthcare communications agency positions with a strong editorial focus, before a move into broader project delivery. Her wide-ranging experience includes delivering salesforce training materials in new therapy areas and products, commercial launch meetings, standalone medical education events and symposia, advisory boards and steering group meetings, and publications planning. In her spare time, Gillian enjoys being involved in her local community in North East Hampshire.
Kim BondAccount Director
Kim has been working in healthcare communications for over ten years. Specialising in digital and eLearning programme delivery, Kim is passionate about impacting patient outcomes with positive behaviour change and works closely with clients and healthcare professionals to understand needs and deliver solutions. She has extensive experience of working with NHS organisations and professional bodies to develop meaningful, high quality content. In her spare time, Kim loves to spend time outdoors with her family.
Fiona DownesAccount Director
Fiona has worked in healthcare communications for over 10 years. She has guided and delivered a diverse range of projects, programmes and strategic solutions for UK, European and global clients: from innovative digital activities to healthcare events management; from Delphi Consensus programmes to disease state messaging. She remains passionately committed to delivering best-quality outputs and achieving excellence. Outside of work, Fiona enjoys jogging (running is too strong a word), creative pursuits and spending time with her family.
Alex AdnittAccount Director
With a background in healthcare advertising and medical communications, I have experience and an interest in the world of biomedical science and continue to focus my career path with the improvement of patient outcomes in mind. I am a resourceful account director, used to partnering clients and offering solutions to their communications requirements. I have been responsible for the full project lifecycle, from winning the business, managing the financials, through delivery and reconciliation and have line managed and developed teams under my supervision.
Sue EalesProject Director
Sue has over 16 years of experience in medical communications and scientific publishing. She is passionate about supporting patients and HCPs to access high quality educational content and making a real difference within a disease area for that community. Sue has extensive experience of working in partnership with medical societies to create targeted educational content. When not at work she is mostly likely to be found riding along her local beach.
Kathryn SparrowProject Director
Kathryn has over 10 years’ medical communications experience delivering strategic consultancy, project management and editorial expertise for global pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients. Her experience spans a wide range of therapeutic areas and includes strategic communications planning, tactical delivery of materials across print and digital media, publications planning, and meetings and events. When not at her desk, Kathryn can be found exploring her beloved Norfolk on two wheels.
Laura CarswellProject Director
Laura has over 8 years’ experience working in healthcare communications. She has experience managing accounts across a range of products for Global, pan European and UK Accounts. Her experience includes product launches, internal communications, patient materials as well as medical education. In her spare time she loves to keep busy, often found whizzing around from place to place, loving running, spending time outside and time with her friends and family.
Grainne MaguireAssociate Director
Grainne has more than 17 years of global, pan-European and UK healthcare and medical communications and advocacy expertise cultivated across diverse therapeutic areas. She has helped to create and lead, impactful campaigns for some of the top pharmaceutical companies including a global award winning disease awareness programme. When not working Grainne likes to write stories and film scripts and do yoga meditation.
Helen RaeAssociate Director
Helen has over twelve years of experience delivering high quality, results driven, strategic communications programmes. With a wealth of experience in the hands-on development and delivery of a full range of communication activities; from disease awareness campaigns to medical education for UK and global pharmaceutical clients. Outside of work Helen can be found running on the Bristol Downs or providing a taxi service for her two small children.
Chrissie HannahProject Manager
Chrissie has over 5 years’ experience in health communications having supported clients on a variety of activities including national and global disease awareness campaigns, media relations, social media engagement, patient advocacy, data and regulatory milestone communications and issues management. When not at work Chrissie can be found sailing in Poole Harbour or cycling in the Dorset countryside.
Dr Nick BroughtonEthics and Compliance Partner
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 DominickConsultant Director of Performance Communications
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 RobertsonConsultant Director of Audience Engagement
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 ThomasConsultant Presence and Impact Coach
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 LowerySenior Medical Writer
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-ScottSenior Medical Writer
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.
Bea PerksSenior Medical Writer
Bea has 20 years’ experience in medical and scientific communications. A PhD in clinical pharmacology led her into a career in academic publishing, followed by several years in science and health journalism before becoming a medical writer. She is equally happy writing for patients, healthcare workers, scientists or sales teams across a wide range of disease areas. She enjoys spending time with her children and a tiny menagerie of six hens, a dog and a goat.
Catherine TigheSenior Medical Writer
Catherine started her career in healthcare working in the UK National Health Service as a nurse. Since then, she has gained more than 14 years’ experience as a medical writer and editor working across a broad range of document types and therapy areas. She is passionate about the difference that good medical communications can make to patient outcomes. In her free time, she enjoys going to the cinema and spending time with her two Persian cats.
Sarah BirchConsultant Senior Medical Writer
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.
Sam CarterFinance Manager
Vicky LakerSenior Project Co-ordinator
Vicky started her career as a Stage Manager, working in theatre for ten years before moving into arts and charity admin. She loves a challenge and the opportunity to learn something new. In her spare time, Vicky enjoys cooking, yoga, going to the theatre and walking the dog.
Ben PerezProject Co-ordinator
Ben has experience in a number of industries including Education Recruitment and Administration in Online Real Estate delivering a quality service to both customers and clients. Ben recently qualified as a translator/interpreter and has experience in translating in legal, medical and sport sectors. He speaks three languages and is currently learning a fourth. In his spare time he enjoys travelling with his partner and playing a number of sports.
Emma ReakesProject Co-ordinator
Emma has an extensive background in Sales and Administration across sectors including management consultancy, banking and recruitment. Following a career break to organise her 3 boys and golden retriever, Emma is looking forward to a new challenge at Makara. In her spare time, she can be found on the sidelines of football and rugby games but tries to enjoy theatre, travel and reading when possible!
Amy TurnerProject Co-ordinator
Amy has worked in NHS administration for 6 years, taking a break to undergo a new challenge in a commercial role. She is excited to be back in a healthcare environment and to be involved in a different side of healthcare comms. In her spare time Amy enjoys cooking, baking, walking, playing with my cats and tries to travel when possible!
Lauren TongueFinance and Admin Assistant
Lauren has an array of experience in various industries, having started her career as an electrical engineer working with our Defence organisations before moving into Project Management in the Financial Industry. After spending a number of years living in South America and Canada Lauren still enjoys a challenge and an adventure and can be found more often than not, enjoying the outdoors with her dog, paddle boarding and skiing.
Abbey SharpResearch and Admin Assistant
Abbey is a science student and joined Makara following graduation of her international baccalaureate course in France. She enjoys a challenge and is keen to learn new skills. In her spare time she enjoys going to the gym and spending time with family and friends.