A unique blend of in-house scientific, strategic, creative and technology experts, that have a proven history in oncology communications. Meeting quarterly they ensure we remain at the forefront of oncology, shaping our research & development, thought leadership and internal training programmes.

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Dr Vernon Bainton, MBChB, BMedSci
Chief Medical Officer

Whilst studying medicine Vernon gained a Neuropharmacology degree before qualifying and training as a hospital physician and anaesthetist for 5 years. Vernon then joined the pharmaceutical industry within Janssen Cilag’s Mental Health Business Unit and BMS’s Oncology Business Unit in field medical affairs and commercial roles. He then transitioned to healthcare communications and digital innovation, now with over twelve years’ of experience including a number of industry firsts and continuously working in the field of oncology from chemo to targeted therapies, immuno-oncology, biomarkers and next generation sequencing.

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Dr Ashley Davies, PhD

Before moving into healthcare communications, Ashley gained a PhD in Biochemistry, specialising in Microbiology. After leaving academic research behind, she has several years of healthcareagency experience including editorial, business development, market landscaping and market access, as well as medical writing. Her experience covers many types of cancer, including gastric, liver and skin, with a particular interest in blood-based malignancies. Ashley has used her commitment and diligence to deliver excellent patient-centric scientific communications for several world leaders in oncology at all stages of the market life cycle, including Janssen, BMS, Celgene and AstraZeneca.

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Adam Emmott

With 17 years’ experience, Adam has collected numerous awards for his pioneering work in healthcare communications. His work for AstraZeneca in NSCLC) transformed the EGFR mutation testing procedure and shaped national guidelines. Adam has worked on a number of initiatives that make a difference for cancer patients and carers alike. He has worked on palliative support programmes, patient/carer shared holistic VR experiences, and is passionate about patient-focused immersive story telling.

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Dr Steffi Evans, PhD

After originally studying Forensic Biology, Steffi moved into cancer research carrying out a PhD in comparative human and companion animal oncology whilst also acting as a STEM Ambassador for the South East. After graduating, she joined Havas Lynx where she has worked across a number of cancer types for the past five years, including breast, colorectal, glioblastoma multiforme, melanoma, lung, basal cell and haematologic malignancies. 

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Rob Fuller

Rob’s strategic experience spans a wide range of immune-moderated and chronic diseases, including dermatology, immunology, neuroscience, women’s health and oncology, where he has a wide range of experience across different tumour types and brands. Notable achievements include serving as Global Strategic Lead for the best-in-class launch of Cosentyx, as well as delivering the first true social media campaign in pharma and driving significant joint-working programmes.

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Dr Ben Harman-Jones, MBChB

While studying medicine Ben worked at the Manchester Centre for Genomic Medicine, gaining research experience in precision genomic diagnostics and using next-generation sequencing to investigate skeletal dysplasias. After gaining his MBChB with honours, he worked clinically across a variety of acute medical and surgical specialities before taking on a more strategic role in healthcare communications where he works across global, regional and local oncology projects. He is passionate about quality improvement in healthcare through digital technologies.

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Tim Jones

Tim has over ten years of global experience in both consumer and healthcare advertising. As an alumni of the Cannes Lions Young Creative Academy, he prides himself on promoting ‘life-changing creativity’ that has impact. After receiving notable recognition for his work, Tim has been invited onto the jury of many creative festivals, namely the London International Awards; New York Festivals; and the Webby Awards. He is an Associate Academy Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), and the ‘Top 40 under 40’ at the Nelson Mandela Business Chambers in South Africa. In his spare time Tim is also the Deputy Editor of advertisinghealth.co.uk - an online platform that promotes discussion, thought leadership and creativity in the healthcare communications industry.

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Paul Kinsella

For the first 13 years’ of Paul’s career he worked in consumer advertising producing award-winning work across many categories and channels. In 2015, Paul transferred his experience to healthcare and was responsible for creating and launching a franchise brand campaign for Celgene’s Oncology work in multiple myeloma. Today, Paul continues to work and lead on many other awarded communications and digital innovations nationally and globally.

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Claire Knapp

Following a degree in Pharmacology and Physiology, specialising in Advanced Neuropharmacology, Claire has worked in healthcare communications for 7 years across Global and European accounts. As Head of Strategy, she has a passion for implementing behaviour-based strategic frameworks to create patient-focused solutions that ultimately help improve outcomes. Throughout this time, Claire has worked in the oncology space across lung, ovarian, breast, prostate and haem-oncology. 

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Ben Pounds, BSc

After achieving a first class degree in Pharmacology, Ben joined Havas Lynx as a Medical Writer and has since gained experience across a number of therapy areas including rheumatology, hepatology and oncology – in particular lung and melanoma cancer types. Ben is always looking for ways to use the written word to spark discussion and encourage behaviour change in healthcare. 

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Sarah Price

Sarah began working in the digital Life Sciences division of Accenture. During this period she led global digital capability training for brands such as Iressa, Faslodex and Arimidex and supported the transition to a new global CRM solution. In 2013 Sarah transitioned to healthcare communications at Havas Lynx and been the strategic lead on a wide array of Oncology initiatives including digital Healthcare Professional communications, clinical trial recruitment, Public Affairs and patient support programmes. 

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Lynne Roberts, BSc

Lynne has over 15 years' of experience as a pharmaceutical copywriter and has worked on numerous award-winning campaigns. Her previous career in a pharmacy helped hone her ability to communicate effectively with both doctors and patients – a skill she now uses to produce compelling and appropriate copy targeted to the relevant audience. She passionately believes that well-written copy is fundamental to the success of every project and works closely with both clients and account teams to ensure that the content we deliver is always of the highest standard.

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Chris Russell

Chris brings a high level of insight and experience across digital technologies. His time working in healthcare has enabled him to effectively identify opportunities within the context of digital environments, end users and the implications of technical approaches. His work at Havas Lynx has him focused on driving innovation and concept ideation across technology, digital and creative.

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Dr Ben Stutchbury, PhD

Ben gained a degree in Molecular Biology, before completing a PhD in Cell Biology at the University of Manchester. His research focused on the movement of cancer cells and the molecular mechanisms that allow them to spread around the body. During his PhD, Ben undertook a number of science communication activities, from writing articles for magazines to speaking about his research at science festivals. Looking to continue in this field, Ben moved into healthcare communications after his PhD, where he has experience across a wide range of therapy areas, always looking to apply his knowledge of molecular biology to improve the care for patients.

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David Whittingham
Managing Partner

Further to a First Class Pharmacology degree, David has over 20 years experience in Medical & Marketing industry and agency roles. David oversees the healthcare teams, with particular emphasis on ensuring the market, data, and opportunity is interrogated and understood, and that communications are insightful, creative and effective as part of integrated Medical/Marketing campaigns. 
Furthermore, David builds strategic relationships and works as a key partner by drawing on his experience in managing brands through their life cycle, including numerous brands within the oncology field.