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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.
Chief Executive Officer
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
Chief Operating Officer
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.
Scientific Services Director
In 2023, Richard joined ELM Group as Scientific Services Director and now oversees the content team. He holds a BSc in Biochemistry and Microbiology from the University of Sheffield and earned his PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Nottingham. Richard boasts an impressive 19 years of agency experience, during which he has collaborated with numerous global pharmaceutical companies on diverse projects. These projects have included strategic plans, meetings, publications, digital content, training materials, and commercial content. His expertise spans a wide range of therapy areas, including oncology, immunology, rare diseases, CNS and cardiovascular disease. When he’s not at work, Richard lives in Cheshire with his family and two dogs. His passions outside of the office include hitting the gym, designing for 3D printing, and repairing vintage watches.
Client Services Director
Angus first joined the ELM Group on a placement year from his undergraduate studies. Following completion of his BSc in Biology from Sheffield Hallam University, Angus rejoined the ELM Group as an Account Manager and remained with the company for 5 years taking on business development and Senior Account Manager roles, primarily focused on the growth of CESAS Medical. Following a career move to explore other opportunities, Angus re-joined the ELM Group as Programme Director, overseeing both account management and content development on various projects before becoming our Client Services Director where he now heads up both our account and event management teams. Alongside these roles, Angus completed his MBA with the University of Warwick, graduating in July 2023.
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.
Louise joined ELM Group as Account Director in 2023. She holds a BSc in Biology from the University of St Andrews and an MSc in Science Communication from the University of Kent. Louise has 8 years’ experience in medical communications from strategic planning to tactical delivery across a wide range of events, digital platforms and educational materials. She has worked in several therapy areas including inflammation, infectious disease, neurology, oncology, haematology, dermatology and even a short stint in veterinary sciences. When not at work Louise enjoys volunteering at her local theatre and walking her dog.
Senior Account Manager
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. Evie is currently on maternity leave, however when in the office, 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.
Callum has a Bachelor’s degree in Town Planning and Geography from Sheffield Hallam University. Following his graduation Callum joined ELM group as an Account Executive for ELM Group. Now an Account Manager, Callum works on various aspects of projects with clients from CESAS Medical and ELM Medical. By working closely with all departments within the business Callum can ensure a quality deliverable for our clients. Outside of work Callum plays rugby for Stafford Rugby Club and is an avid sport fan.
Senior Account Executive
Andrea joined us as Senior Account Executive on the CESAS account in November 2023. She graduated on Oriental Languages and Cultures major at Karoly Gaspar University in Hungary. Andrea has over 10 years of experience in client facing positions including childcare and education, entertainment, event organization and team management. Andrea has been in medical communications since 2021, managing publications within oncology, haematology, dermatology and rheumatology. Outside of work, Andrea enjoys having a nice meal at her favourite restaurant and going on hikes with her husband.
Amy graduated from South Devon College with an extended diploma in Travel and Tourism. After working in Clinic Management for the NHS, Amy joined ELM Group as an Accounts Executive, with social media responsibilities for our CESAS forums. In her role, Amy works on a range of projects, liaising with clients from ELM Medical, managing timelines and working closely with content and event teams to ensure deadlines are met in a timely manner. She also manages the social media posts for CESAS Medical. In her spare time, Amy enjoys going to concerts, family gatherings and walks over Cannock Chase with her partner and their Beagle, Indy.
Digital Marketing Executive
Eben has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and Enterprise from Birmingham City University. After graduating, he joined ELM Group as our Digital Marketing Executive. He is currently working towards new qualifications in this field. At ELM, Eben manages our digital presence from email marketing and social media to graphic design and statistics reports, as well as overseeing the website development of the EAF and of the ELM Group website. Outside of the office, you’ll normally find Eben socialising with friends, in the gym, doing something with his car, or out taking photos.
Taya graduated from the University of Leeds with a First-Class Bachelor’s degree in Art History. Before joining ELM Group, Taya worked in London and Birmingham as a Paralegal and completed a Graduate Diploma in Law. As an Event Manager, Taya supports different projects and events for ELM Medical and CESAS Medical. Outside of work, Taya enjoys holidays with family and spending time with friends.
Becky Graduated from the University of Salford with a BA hons in Media and performance. Since joining ELM Becky has expanded her knowledge of the Med Coms industry having moved over from an entertainment agency. Becky came on board as an Event Executive which means she helps organise the logistics of our onsite meetings and congress visits. However, she also takes care of the social media for Lupus Forum. In her other life Becky is a professional musician which keeps her busy at weekends playing private events with her function band. She enjoys the gym, running and walking her dog Cookie.
Senior Medical Writer
Praveen graduated from the University of Portsmouth with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Master’s degree in Biomedicine. At ELM Group, Praveen is a Senior Medical Writer working on both ELM Medical and CESAS Medical where he is the main content lead for Achondroplasia.expert and the CSF. In his role, Praveen is involved in the production of a range of scientific programmes, including publications, podcasts, webinars and other online learning. Outside of work, Praveen enjoys spending time reading manga, playing video games, socialising with friends and is a regular movie goer.
Emily graduated Keele University with a Masters degree in Biochemistry. Before completing her final year at university, Emily completed a Medical Writer internship at ELM Group and after her Master’s she joined ELM group as an Associate Medical Writer, progressing to Medical Writer soon after. Emily won the Kieran Fry and James Bradley award for outstanding contribution to the School of Life Sciences at Keele University. During her time at Keele, Emily organised and ran an Undergraduate Research Conference for final year Life Sciences students and became Guest Editor for the Journal of Education, Innovation, Partnership and Change. In her position at ELM Group, Emily is continually developing her medical writing skills, in addition to enhancing her knowledge of medical communications. Outside of work, Emily enjoys socialising with her friends and travelling.
Joe graduated from the University of Birmingham with a Masters in Immunology & Immunotherapy. Since joining ELM Group, he has expanded his scientific knowledge and medical writing skills. At ELM Group, Joe is a Medical Writer working primarily with CESAS Medical where he plays a key role in multiple forums. In his role, Joe is involved in the production of a range of scientific programmes, including publications and online learning. In his spare time, Joe enjoys a variety of sports, including American football and swimming. Joe’s interests also include paddle boarding, playing the saxophone, krav maga, and writing.
Matt joined ELM Group as a Medical Writer in 2023 after completing his PhD in chemistry at the University of Manchester. Exposure to various multidisciplinary industries and academic institutions has allowed him to gain experience in conducting, understanding and communicating science. Outside of work, Matt enjoys planning motorcycle trips and spending too much time playing a Dutch sport called Korfball.
Associate Medical Writer
Aifan graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with a Masters in Neuroscience. Since joining ELM Group, Aifan has developed his medical writing, and scientific communication skills. At ELM Group, Aifan is an Associate Medical Writer working within both CESAS Medical and ELM Medical where he is the central content creator for axSpA, and is a key driving force on our Shionogi accounts. In his role, Aifan is involved in the production of a range of scientific materials, including Publications, Integrated Evidence Plans, Advisory Boards, and Online Learning. In his spare time, Aifan enjoys cooking, baking, and tinkering with technology. Aifan’s interests also include playing volleyball, and bodybuilding.
Associate Medical Writer
Alex graduated from Bangor University, where he achieved a Bachelors in Zoology with Animal Behaviour, gaining international experience studying Zoology at Oregon State University. Since then, he has worked in animal husbandry as a Presenter, Hatchery Technician and Zookeeper. Now Alex has changed careers, garnering experience as an Associate Medical Writer on multiple forums. Since joining ELM Group, Alex has worked on CESAS, producing content for the CSF and supporting the development of workshops for the European Achondroplasia Forum. He has also led several projects for ELM Medical for clients such as Norgine and Shionogi, developing content for symposiums, client reports and integrated evidence plans. Outside of the office Alex enjoys kayaking, snorkelling, skiing, photography, airsoft and archery.
Associate Medical Writer
Holly graduated from the University of Birmingham with an MSc in Microbiology and Infection prior to starting her writing career at ELM Group. Before that, she was a laboratory technician at Four Ashes. At ELM Group, Holly is an Associate Medical Writer who is flexible in her approach to making content for a range of clients. When she isn’t working, Holly is either going on walks, doing some crafts, or playing video games. She’s also interested in trying as many different hot drinks as possible.
Shelley Graduated from the University of Wolverhampton with a BSc in Biological Science and a Masters in Professional Practice and Life Long Education. At Elm Group, Shelley is a Project Executive where supervises and tracks project deadlines and staff workload across CESAS and ELM. In her spare time, Shelley enjoys nature, walking her dog in the forest and at the beach, and plays the Bass guitar.
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.
Executive Assistant and Systems Manager
Having spent a number of years at home looking after her family, Elizabeth graduated from Keele University in 2018 with a First-Class Honours degree in Education and Sociology followed by a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Birmingham. At ELM Group, Elizabeth is PA to the CEO and supports other staff as needed. Outside of work, Elizabeth enjoys reading, going to the gym, the cinema and is a trustee of a local charity, ‘ A Child Of Mine’.
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.
Software Development Manager
Dave graduated from Staffordshire University with a degree in Computer Science and has worked within the IT industry for over 20 years as a Systems Analyst and Applications Developer to deliver IT applications and solutions to satisfy various business requirements. At Elm Group, Dave is the Software Development Manager, responsibile for the development and maintenance of web based applications for ELM Group companies. Outside of work, Dave enjoys travelling, music and spending time with his family.
Callum received a Distinction upon completing the Software Development Technician course from Baltic Apprenticeships. Since joining ELM Group, Callum has progressed in his Software Development skills and is learning more every day. At ELM Group, Callum is a Web Developer working primarily with Laravel to maintain Elm’s range of sites. In his role, Callum is involved in the production and ongoing development of many forum sites, offering insight and his knowledge of web development wherever relevant, and prioritising user experience throughout. In his spare time, Callum enjoys consuming a variety of media including movies, books, and TV-shows. Callum’s interests also include playing video/board games, building software he never gets around to finishing, and finding new and hopefully interesting places to eat.