The Team

Our team is amazing – just ask our clients! Our award-winning consultants are experienced in disciplines, such as corporate communications, PR, policy, campaigns, public affairs, patient advocacy and media relations. 

Our people have to be passionate about transforming clients’ challenges into opportunities.

This is why we hire great consultants and foster a supportive culture to enable them to provide flexible, creative and specialist advice for our changing times, achieving excellent results in the process.

The people behind OVID have spent years working with the UK’s largest health charities, global and UK affiliate pharmaceutical companies, public sector bodies, start-ups and independent healthcare organisations.

We have particular expertise in the following therapy or sector areas: oncology, rare diseases, diabetes, personalised medicines, cardiovascular, immunology, women’s health and neuroscience.

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Jenny
Ousbey

Founder & Managing Director

Jenny began her career as a political journalist and has successfully led high-profile national and global campaigns in-house and agency-side. Prior to launching OVID she successfully built up an award-winning healthcare and pharmaceutical communications practice at another agency. She is a former adviser to a government health minister, and has advised a wide range of stakeholders: from global pharmaceutical companies; NHS organisations; healthcare charities; private equity; the independent sector and digital start-ups.

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Victoria
Shillito

Associate Director

Victoria is former Head of Media for Diabetes UK, and has a senior track record of creating successful communications strategies that build profile for complex, sensitive issues and drive delivery on outcomes. Her expertise is in working alongside pharmaceutical, NHS and healthcare charity stakeholders to design and deliver national communications programmes. She is also an expert in transforming teams, crisis communications and reputation management.

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Richard
Beardmore

Operations Director

An engineer by training, Richard works part-time for OVID making sure our operations run smoothly. He has extensive experience running large-scale, complex projects and managing large teams. His experience spans the public sector, large global corporates and innovative start-ups. His passions are science, politics and the intersection of communications with the world of work.

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Edward
Halliday

Senior Account Executive

Edward has a background in stakeholder research and communications, collaborating with companies across a range of industries. He previously worked in client liaison at The Parliamentary Review and holds a First Class degree from The University of Warwick in Politics and International Relations. He has a particular flair for producing engaging social media strategies and policy research for clients such as ACT for Cancer.

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Claire
Sandham

Associate

Claire is an experienced marketing communications professional whose background lies in health and behaviour change communications across marketing, brand, creative and digital. Having worked both in-house in senior roles and as an Account Director in the health communications agency world, she has led teams to deliver award-winning campaigns, content and communications activity.

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Katie
Osborne

Associate

Katie is a former journalist and health communications specialist with more than 20 years’ experience across print, online and broadcast media. She spent the early part of her career working at the BBC before moving into health journalism. She has held senior positions at: The Pharma Letter, The Pharmaceutical Journal and Nursing Standard. Her key skills include content strategy, arranging advisory boards and the coordination of media campaigns.

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Sarah
Fletcher

Associate

Sarah has a background in journalism and advises on content, social, digital and comms strategies, including crisis comms on social media. She has advised the world’s biggest pharmaceutical and healthcare companies, and also works with technology and FMCG clients outside of OVID.

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Kellie
Smith

Associate

Kellie is a writer and editor working with charities and health organisations, including the Health Foundation, Contact the Elderly, CLIC Sargent, Alzheimer’s Society and the National Accident Helpline. She has written for trade publications including the College of Optometrists’ journal and the National Pharmacy Association’s magazine. Kellie has a background in communications and journalism.

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Andrew
Jones

Senior Associate

Andrew has over 15 years experience of working in the pharmaceutical industry across Clinical Development, Medical Affairs and Government Affairs coupled with an extended stint in the Department of Health, Andrew has a proven track record of influencing individuals and policy in a wide range of disease areas – as well as Brexit, PPRS and the Life Sciences Strategy.

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Claire
Read

Associate

Claire is a writer, editor and editorial project manager. She pens content and advises on communications strategies for a range of healthcare clients. She is a regular contributor to specialist publications, including HSJ, Nursing Times and Guardian Labs. Claire serves as contributing editor at the industry-leading DigitalHealth.net.

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Clare van
Lynden

Associate

Clare is a highly experienced public affairs, policy and communications advisor. She also has excellent knowledge of the NHS – having previously worked at the NHS Confederation. Clare used to manage the policy team for Alzheimer’s Research UK, has been seconded to the Office for Life Sciences and worked for Bupa as a communications consultant.

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Katy
Taylor

Senior Associate

Katy is a senior PR and media consultant with over 30 years of experience working in both the public and private sectors. Her Whitehall experience includes the Cabinet Office and the COI, advising Government ministers including Mo Mowlam and John Prescott. She now works with a range of B2B and charity clients including Kicks Count and The Open University.

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Becky
Attwood

Associate

With more than 10 years of experience of working in busy newsrooms and fast-paced communications and marketing teams, Becky knows what makes a good story. She is adept at carving out exciting media and PR opportunities to get great exposure for a company and brand; and is also experienced in providing healthcare clients with media training.

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Ruth
Wilson

Senior Associate

Ruth is the founder of Person Before Patient and is based in the Netherlands. She has vast amounts of experience in global patient advocacy in the pharmaceutical world, as well as working for trade associations in the UK and abroad. She is also a former Director of Services for QUIT in the UK, focusing on smoking cessation.

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Louise
Akers

Associate

Louise is an award-winning communications expert and specialises in health, science and research and the charity sector. She has worked for a number of charities including ActionAid, British Heart Foundation, Rethink Mental Illness and the National Deaf Children’s Society. She has also worked for South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Hertfordshire.

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Natalie
Kelley

Associate

Natalie has worked in communications and marketing for 15 years on clients ranging from global corporates to small start-ups and educational bodies. She has extensive experience as an events and partnerships facilitator, working on projects such as the Beijing & London Olympics / Paralympics, Rugby World Cup and UK School Games. She is also an accomplished writer across multiple fields: web copy, social media, crisis statements, scripts and articles (B2B, consumer and technical).