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.

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.

Helen Laurence

Director

Helen Laurence

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

Katie Bright

Director

Katie Bright

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

Ekta Rohra

Director, Digital Strategy

Ekta Rohra

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.

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.

Gillian Wain

Account Director

Gillian Wain

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.

Sue Eales

Project Director

Sue Eales

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.

Lucy Harris

Project Director

Lucy Harris

Lucy has over 7 years’ experience working in the healthcare communications sector across a wide range of branded, disease awareness and internal comms campaigns. She enjoys working closely with the team and clients to ensure delivery of impactful and relevant materials with clear and measurable results. She has experience working across a range of therapeutic areas including Mental Health, Oncology, Diabetes and Animal Health. Outside of work Lucy enjoys spending time outdoors walking, running and horse riding.

Helen Rae

Associate Director

Helen Rae

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.

Eleanor Craven

Consultant Associate Director

Eleanor Craven

Eleanor has been working in healthcare communications for 14 years with in-house and agency experience. She’s worked across product, corporate, financial and internal communications, with significant media relations and issues management experience.
In her spare time, Eleanor juggles looking after her two-year old son with coordinating a large renovation project at her home in Hertfordshire.

Annabel Lee

Consultant Associate Director

Annabel Lee

Annabel has been working in healthcare communications for 15 years in both agency and in-house roles. She has a wealth of experience in product, corporate, and internal communications and considerable expertise in issues management and employee engagement. When she is not at work, Annabel can be found chasing her one year old daughter around and trying to find time to indulge her love of reading, wine and cooking.

Kim Mallard

Project Manager

Kim Mallard

Kim has a science background with over 15 years’ experience in diagnostics and research. From lab to office Kim loves finding solutions and delivering results. Originally from New Zealand, Kim is a keen All Black’s fan.

Chrissie Hannah

Project Manager

Chrissie Hannah

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 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

Consultant 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

Consultant 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

Consultant 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-Scott

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.

Bea Perks

Senior Medical Writer

Bea Perks

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.

Sarah Birch

Consultant 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.

Flo Taylor Jones

Creative and Digital Co-ordinator

Flo Taylor Jones

Flo has over 5 years’ experience in the creative and digital world including eLearning, HTML5 programming, video editing, producing graphics, and editing websites – always ready for a new challenge or new bit of software to learn! In her spare time, she can be found researching genealogy, travelling with her friends and fiancé, and performing with her comedy group.

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.

Vicky Laker

Project Co-ordinator

Vicky Laker

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.

Emma Reakes

Project Co-ordinator

Emma Reakes

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 Turner

Project Co-ordinator

Amy Turner

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 Tongue

Finance and Admin Assistant

Lauren Tongue

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 Sharp

Research and Admin Assistant

Abbey Sharp

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.

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