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Our group name and ethos are built on the ELM. ELM trees are widely spread geographically, rapidly growing and have a strong resistance to a variety of growing conditions. For many centuries, the ELM has been associated with revolution and liberty. The interlocking grains of wood of the ELM tree makes it resistant to splitting. Just like the different companies of ELM Group, we work in a strong network to achieve your goals and liberate your future.

Gothic Cottage

Gothic Cottage is an 19th century, Grade II listed building located in the heart of Stafford, UK. In 2015, Stafford-born Martin Lennon took on the challenge to restore this iconic building. Gothic Cottage underwent a complete renovation from the roof to the cellar, transforming the iconic landmark into an inspirational business venue.

Whilst breathing new life into the building and incorporating the most modern facilities, Martin was passionate about keeping and renovating original features including interior exposed wooden beams and fireplaces, and reinstating the windows back to their 19th century design. Gothic Cottage is home to ELM Group, and offers a unique and memorable meeting room venue for our clients.


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Digital Health awards

  • 2015
    • Strategies for Improving Patient Outcomes in Rheumatoid Arthritis
    • Developments in Cytokine Signalling
    • Cytokines and Cytokine Signalling in Rheumatoid Arthritis
    • Cytokine Signalling Forum
    • Cytokine Signalling and IL-6 Science at EULAR 2015
  • 2016
    • Current and future perspectives on IL-6 as a target in RA
    • EULAR 2016 Update
    • Olokizumab Press Briefing Announcement and Press Kit
  • 2017
    • ACR 2016 Clinical Update
    • Bringing Cytokine Signalling to Clinical Practice: Highlights from EULAR 2017
    • Focus on Tofacitinib
    • Focus on Baricitinib
  • 2018
    • Highlights from ACR 2017: Updates on Cytokine Signalling Agents
    • CSF Current Publication Reviews: 2017
    • Highlights from EULAR 2018: Current and Future Perspectives in the Cytokine Signalling Blockade
    • EULAR 2018 Conference Highlights
    • Considerations in Medicine: Considering biosimilars in inflammatory diseases
    • Considerations in Medicine: Considering Biosimilars in Inflammatory Diseases Online Course
  • 2019
    • Current and Future Perspectives in the Cytokine Signalling Blockade
    • Long-term Data on JAK Inhibitors: Implications for Clinical Management
    • CSF Monthly Publication Updates 2018
    • ACR 2018 Congress Highlights

APEX awards

  • 2015
    • Cytokines and Cytokine Signalling in Rheumatoid Arthritis
    • Cytokine Signalling Forum
  • 2016
    • Cytokine Signalling and IL-6 Science at EULAR 2015
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    • Olokizumab Press Briefing Announcement and Press Kit
  • 2017
    • CSF Current Publication Reviews: 2016
    • ELM LYNX
  • 2018
    • Highlights from ACR 2017: Updates on Cytokine Signalling Agents
    • ACR 2017: Congress Review
    • Cytokine Signalling Forum Therapy Essentials
  • 2019
    • CSF Current Publication Reviews 2018

Supporting the Community

ELM Group’s passion for developing young people and young talent is reflected across the community. We identify opportunities to develop young talent and build a science based business in Staffordshire.

The Cast
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Meet the Team

Martin Lennon

Managing Director
+44 1785 785 812

Martin established ELM Group in 2014. He has over 30 years of experience in pharmaceutical marketing and agency management. After starting his career in the UK, Martin moved to Switzerland with Novartis before moving to Wyeth with roles in both Europe and the US. Upon his return to the UK, he joined the medical communications agency, Synergy, in 2006 as a Partner.

Martin has global, regional, and national brand experience, and has led the launch of more than 12 new agents, indications, or formulations. His broad experience ensures he can bring practical knowledge to whatever the challenge you have.

Outside of work Martin's main interest is in Rugby, a sport that he supports in various capacities. He served on the legacy team for the 2015 Rugby World Cup and as Chairman of Stafford Rugby Club, where he played a key role in negotiating a deal for a new £4 million facility after 25 years of planning. He is also a key member of the community and is on the Board of the Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce.

Megan Kennedy

+1 484 437 3731

Megan has over 23 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry, spanning all phases of drug development, as well as agency and academic lab management. Megan holds an MS in Scientific and Technology Communications and a BS in Bioscience and Biotechnology, both from Drexel University, and is a Certified Medical Publication Professional™.

After working in discovery and research, Megan moved into pharmaceutical preclinical and clinical development and management, then on to commercial program management. She has worked in multiple therapy areas, and spent 8 years working on the blockbuster ENBREL. She has also managed medical communication and education agencies specialising in oncology before spending a period in academia as COO of the University of Pennsylvania Gene Therapy Program.

Megan is a member of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association, American Medical Writer’s Association, and the International Society of Medical Publication Professionals. She is passionate about rowing, a founding member of Whitemarsh Boat Club in Philadelphia and Head Rowing Coach of the hugely successful Mount Saint Joseph Academy programme since 1999.

John Roberts

+1 484 885 9359

John has undertaken numerous roles across all regions of the world in marketing and operations management during over 25 years in the pharmaceutical industry. He has a Business Studies degree from Middlesex University, a Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing and studied Business Administration at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

John brings experience in several therapeutic areas including launching products in inflammation & immunology, transplantation, infectious disease, haemophilia and neuroscience. Prior to joining ELM Group, he worked at Pfizer Inc. as Head of Strategic Partnerships and Alliances. In this role he expanded access to the company’s portfolio of marketed vaccines through innovative public-private partnerships with organisations including UNICEF and Gavi – the vaccines alliance.

John lives near Philadelphia with his wife Jacky and their children Theo, Christopher and Annabelle and their dogs Bonnie and Megan. He enjoys golfing, fishing and travel with his family having recently fulfilled a long-term ambition to visit the Galapagos islands.

Pete Conway

Access Managing Director
+44 1785 785 810

Pete trained and worked as a hospital pharmacist before deciding to move over to a career in industry working in health economics and market access. He has worked in a variety of UK and European based positions across a wide range of therapies including the global blockbuster ENBREL in rheumatology and dermatology.

Pete has held positions of increasing seniority in the health economics arena at several large and small pharmaceutical companies, has led NICE submissions, international technology appraisals, and has developed economic models for product reimbursement. Pete established ELM Access in 2015 to compliment the other ELM Group offerings.

Pete enjoys all sport, including rugby, football and rowing, is a music buff, and enjoys spending time with his young family. He is often to be heard on the microphone at his local rugby club, Chinnor.

Mark Collingbourne

Finance Director
+44 1785 785 810

Mark is a qualified accountant with significant experience in financial management, particularly in publicly quoted companies. He has dealt with all aspects of PLC development, from bringing small companies to flotation, to supervising the on-going accountancy and ensuring the good governance of international businesses.

As well as acting as Finance Director for ELM Group and several other private companies, Mark is currently Finance Director of Orogen Plc, and Chief Finance Officer of Optibiotix Health PLC.

When he can Mark travels to rivers around the country to enjoy white-water canoeing.

Mary Walker

Chief Operating Officer
+44 1785 785 813

Mary joined ELM Group in 2015 and plays a central role as the Group Chief Operating Officer.

She has also established her own division and, as the Managing Director of ELM People, delivers diverse learning and development solutions for a vast range of organisations.

Mary has over 30 years of experience, beginning her career in finance before moving into retail, where she advanced in human resources and store management roles. In 2011, Mary worked at the London 2012 Olympic Games where she was the lead for the volunteers within the Olympic Park. Her most recent work achievements include the successful delivery of the volunteer programme for the Newcastle 2019 European Professional Rugby Cup Finals.

Mary has been a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development for over 20 years. Passionate about the local community, Mary chair’s the board of Stafford’s Town Centre Partnership. She also enjoys an evening walk with her dog, Calli.

Assumpta Smith

Office Manager
+44 1785 785 818

Assumpta brings 15 years Team Management experience and 25 years business administration experience to her role as Office Manager. A qualified Pensions Administrator she is currently studying for an advanced accounting qualification. She is AAT qualified and a long-term member of the Association of Accounting Technicians.

At ELM Group, Assumpta is responsible for the smooth running of the UK office, including the management of the finance team and staffing.

Assumpta has one daughter, Grace, who has a passion for the stage and so much of her spare time is spent watching amateur dramatic performances and concerts.

Angus Lennon

Senior Account Manager
+44 1785 785 817

Angus has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Sheffield Hallam University. During his time at University, Angus completed his placement year with CESAS Medical, helping to launch the Cytokine Signalling Forum. Post-graduation Angus joined ELM Group as an Account Manager, later becoming a Senior Account Manager for both ELM Medical and CESAS Medical.

As Senior Account Manager, Angus ensures all clients projects are managed to the highest standard expected at ELM Group. He works closely with all departments within the business, to ensure high client satisfaction for all projects he is responsible for.

In his spare time, Angus plays rugby locally for Stafford Rugby Club, also representing the county. He has been an active member of Stafford Rugby Club having previously held committee positions in the junior section of the club, as well as becoming a qualified rugby referee.

Evie Smith

Events Manager
+44 1785 785 810

Evie graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a Bachelor’s degree in Event Management. Since then, Evie has represented large corporate businesses across the UK, delivering a plethora of successful events, including Conferences, Exhibitions, Meetings, Gala’s and Award evenings.

At ELM Group, Evie is responsible for the planning and successful delivery of small- and large-scale events, embracing the ELM Group philosophy of delivering high-quality programmes to Health Care Professionals.

Evie’s main interest outside of work is singing, and she often performs at events across Staffordshire.

Joshua Hallgarth

Account Executive
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Joshua is AAT qualified and is currently studying for his qualification in management accounting. In his previous career, Joshua gained a wealth of experience in management and customer service and has worked closely with senior leadership teams to manage budgets and deliver financial stability and efficient cost programmes.

Since joining ELM Group, Joshua’s main responsibility is the preparation of project budgets and working with the Account Management team to ensure projects are delivered on time and within budget for our clients.

He is a member of the Association of Accounting Technicians and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. Outside of work, Joshua has a keen interest in sport and regularly plays squash.

Sarah Turner

Project Manager
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Sarah graduated from the University of Birmingham with a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Science. Since joining ELM Group, she has expanded her scientific knowledge and medical writing skills and is now a Project Manager for the company.

In her role, Sarah has been the content lead for a variety of projects and has facilitated in the delivery of a wide selection of medical educational materials, including online educational courses, publications and live events. Her passion and attention to detail sees her working closely with senior management to assist in the production of high-quality and engaging initiatives.

Sarah is a member of the European Medical Writers Association. In her spare time, Sarah plays hockey for Stafford Hockey Club and enjoys baking.

Praveen Abraham

Associate Medical Writer
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Praveen graduated from the University of Portsmouth with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and an Master’s degree in Biomedicine. Before joining ELM Group, Praveen was a Call Monitor Analyst for a medical communications agency involved in the interpretation of patient symptoms.

At ELM Group, Praveen is an Associate Medical Writer working primarily with CESAS Medical where he is the main content lead for the Cytokine Signalling Forum (CSF). In his role, Praveen is involved in the production of a range of scientific programmes, including publications and online learning.

Outside of work, Praveen enjoys spending time reading manga, socialising with friends, listening to music (One Ok Rock) and is a regular movie goer (Marvel films).

Tim Venables

Associate Medical Writer
+44 1785 785 810

Tim graduated with a First-Class Honours degree in Biomedical Science from Keele University. Following this he commenced his first graduate position in Laboratory Science, and is now pursuing his ambition as a Medical Writer after joining ELM Group as an Associate Medical Writer.

In his position at ELM Group, Tim is continually developing his medical writing skills, in addition to enhancing his knowledge of medical communications.

In his spare time, Tim enjoys a variety of sports including football and rugby, for which he has played for local teams. Tim’s interests also include playing the guitar, kayaking, and powerboating.

Joining Us

We currently don’t have any specific vacancies but if you are interested in working with us please supply a CV to Mary.

Get in touch

UK Office

+44 1785 785 810
Gothic Cottage, White Lion St, Stafford ST17 4BW, UK
Gothic Cottage, White Lion St
Stafford ST17 4BW

US Office

+1 484 437 3731
1101 Fayette Street, 2nd Floor, Conshohocken, PA 19428, USA
1101 Fayette Street, 2nd Floor, Conshohocken, PA 19428