The Team

Our team is amazing – just ask our clients! Our award-winning consultants are experienced in UK and global: corporate communications, investor relations, campaigns, public affairs and patient advocacy. 

Our UK-based team is supported by a network of global associates and we have a partnership with the longest-standing independent healthcare comms agency in the world, MCS Healthcare.

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Founder & Managing Director

Jenny is a leading health communications leader. She began her career as a political journalist and led high-profile campaigns in-house and agency-side. Prior to launching OVID she successfully built up an award-winning healthcare communications practice at another agency. She is a former political adviser to a government health minister and is a regular speaker at conferences and events on topics such as political strategy and policy-making, women’s health, social care, oncology, mental health and rare diseases. Jenny is a trustee of MS Trust, PharmaTimes and PRCA judge, and Findacure Patient Group mentor.

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Roudie has worked in public policy and campaigning for over 15 years. She is the former Head of Government Affairs at the ABPI and previously led Pfizer UK’s corporate public affairs function. She worked for Boris Johnson across policy and strategic development in the health, life sciences, tech and charity sectors at City Hall, securing £200m for life science and digital health hubs in London. Roudie began her career as an Oxfam campaigner and has advised life sciences, health and technology clients




Operations Director

Richard ensures OVID runs smoothly and oversees our growth strategy. An engineer by training, he has spent nearly 15 years in the tech sector working for innovative start-ups, global corporates and large public sector organisations. His expertise and knowledge includes R&D and emerging technologies. He is skilled at translating and communicating complex technologies to a wider audience, including senior stakeholders.

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Senior Counsel

For more than thirty years Niall Dickson has been at the centre of health policy and regulation. Until recently Niall was CEO of the NHS Confederation, which represents UK health service organisations. He was formerly CEO and registrar of the General Medical Council and is a well-respected leader in health policy and communications. His previous roles include CEO of the King’s Fund, the BBC’s social affairs editor and health correspondent, as well as editor of Nursing Times. He was awarded a CBE for patient safety in 2017.

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Senior Counsel

Joe is the founder of Deltapoll and is the architect of online political polling in the UK. He was previously Head of Political and Social Research for Europe, the Middle East and Africa at YouGov, having begun as a research director at the very start of the company back in 2000. He has been an affiliated lecturer at the University of Cambridge, is a visiting professor at the University of Sheffield and a visiting Research Fellow at the University of Manchester.




Senior Counsel

Athena Lamnisos is a senior third sector leader and is currently CEO of leading women’s cancer research charity, The Eve Appeal. Athena is experienced at forging partnerships between private, public and not for profit sectors. She has a track record of directing successful change programmes in the arena of public health and oncology and is passionate about making service user voices central to strategy.

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Senior Counsel

Prof Salisbury was Director of Immunisation at the Department of Health until the end of 2013. He was responsible for the National Immunisation Programme and led the introduction of many new vaccines. He is the chair of the WHO Global Certification Commission for Polio Eradication and an Associate Fellow at Chatham House’s Global Health Programme. He previously chaired the WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization, the WHO committee that sets global immunization policy. He was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath in 2001.




Associate Director

Rachel leads OVID’s pharmaceutical PR services offer. She joined OVID from GSK, where she led global communications for the inhaled respiratory medicines team. An experienced and well-respected PR leader, she is the former UK Communications Director for GSK. Her background is in science communications and cancer, having previously been a Science Press Manager for Cancer Research UK, where she worked with all the leading national and trade health journalists on a regular basis.




Account Director

Tom joined OVID in 2021 having spent three years working in health public affairs at PB Consulting. During this time Tom managed a range of corporate pharmaceutical and med-tech accounts as well as successful coalitions and Parliamentary groups, often building consensus to drive policy change on challenging issues. Tom has a keen interest in policy development and brings a results-focused approach. Before health communications Tom worked on a large pharma market research study in Paris.




Account Manager

Grace joined OVID from specialist life science PR agency Zyme Communications, where she managed client accounts in the respiratory, oncology, digital, diagnostics and AI sectors. She is a geneticist by training and before her career in health communications she worked as a research assistant on a genetics project, as well as a clinical trials assistant. She is passionate about telling clients’ stories in national and clinical outlets.




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.





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



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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.




Associate – Brussels

Jamie is a pharmacist with 15 years’ experience in European health and pharmaceutical policies, lobbying, advocacy, and communications. Jamie has extensive experience navigating the health policy ecosystem in Brussels and beyond – gained from European policy roles in non-governmental organisations, professional and patient-led organisations, trade associations, and global pharmaceutical and biotech companies. Jamie holds a Professional Diploma in PR, multiple professional registrations (in public health, regulatory policy, public relations), three master’s degrees (pharmacy, health policy, public health), and is working part-time on his fourth (global diplomacy).





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.




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.





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.





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).




Associate – Design

Ace has extensive experience in graphic design, concept development and brand management across a variety of sectors. He has worked in China and the UK with brands on developing innovative and visually striking microsites, logos, event assets and brand identities. Ace believes that by working closely with both marketing and communication teams we can better integrate design into a client’s overall strategy and image. Ace has worked for a number of OVID’s clients in the charity sector and also designed our website – a great example of his creativity and attention to detail!




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.




Associate – Insights

Working for over 25 years as a qualitative researcher with Board-level management experience, Lisa has a professional track record of building strong, collaborative relationships with clients and communicating strategic insight to them with clarity. In 2019, she established the healthcare charity Local Families with Bleeding Disorders (LFBD) to champion advocacy, fundraising and support, alongside undertaking extensive qualitative research in this area.