From Latin amīca (“friend”).
amica female (plural amiche).
With over 20 years in the industry, I’ve successfully partnered with numerous medical and commercial clients in multiple therapy areas, across all stages of medicine development. In recent years, I’ve focused specifically on patient engagement, leading original research and proudly contributing towards the evidence base for industry best practices.
To further support change, I work on a voluntary basis with two of our leading professional organizations, the International Society for Medical Publication Professionals (ISMPP) and the Medical Affairs Professional Society (MAPS) within their patient-focused working groups.
I believe passionately that the scope of any healthcare initiative is elevated when we engage with both medical and patient stakeholders. When we get that right, we inspire people with a truly collaborative approach that is transformative – that’s our Amica mission!
When I’m not in the office with my Amica team, I love being out on my bike in the beautiful hills of the Peak District – it’s a superb way to work out an answer to most challenges!
I’m based in the UK’s medcomms heartland so perhaps no surprise that after business school, I discovered medical communications. In the last 20 years, I’ve launched medcomms agencies, established new offices and led innovation workstreams while building best-in-class delivery teams to partner with clients at every stage of medicine development.
Over a decade ago, I became fascinated by the nascent movement towards patient engagement in our industry and I set about finding ways to contribute from an agency perspective. I’ve been fortunate to contribute to research in the area and participate in transformational initiatives working with not-for-profit organizations including International Society for Medical Publication Professionals (ISMPP), European Cancer Patient Advocacy Network (WECAN) and Patient Focused Medicine Development (PFMD).
Within Amica, we’re harnessing this deep expertise in both medical and patient engagement to do what we know best: listening to clients and helping them achieve their goals with trusted teams, empowered to explore their most inspired ideas.
Outside of the Amica office, you’ll find me obsessing over books, cycling, gardening and enjoying time with friends and family – a healthy mix of solitary and social!
In the last 20 years, I’ve witnessed the evolution of the medical affairs function from some very different perspectives: initially as a senior medical affairs leader within major pharma companies; then as an entrepreneur launching a medical strategy agency start-up; and in recent years, as Chief Medical Officer for a global medical communications and publications organization.
Throughout this time, I’ve worked closely with the Medical Affairs Professional Society (MAPS) as a strategic consultant, helping to drive industry excellence through workshops and various resources including the MAPS medical strategy standards and practice guide.
Working within the Amica team, I know we can bring deep knowledge of both the patient and healthcare professional space to drive strong and effective medical affairs programmes. I’m excited we get to leverage our collective strength in medical affairs and patient engagement while building exceptional teams to deliver something truly special.
Outside of our Amica team, I love to spend time with my family, travelling and ideally, combining both with time on the water.
Throughout my career, I have worked as a chief finance officer for professional services companies supporting the life sciences industry. These have ranged from private start-up companies to global organizations.
I bring a deep understanding of the corporate, commercial and operational requirements to deliver exceptional partnership to our pharmaceutical and biotech clients.
My role is to partner with talented Amica team members, united by a passion to achieve the very best for our clients. Ultimately our goal is to improve outcomes for all of the stakeholders involved in our programmes.
Outside of Amica, you will find me trail running, travelling with my family or reading.