Managing Director, Jenny Ousbey
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.
Jenny is a trustee of Carer’s Network and the MS Trust; and has worked with many health charities in a pro bono capacity over the years.
Edward HallidaySenior Account Executive
Edward has a background in stakeholder research, social media and communications; collaborating with companies across a range of industries. He previously worked in client liaison at The Parliamentary Review and at a marketing communications agency. He holds a First Class degree from The University of Warwick in Politics and International Relations.
Richard BeardmoreOperations 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.
Our associates are experienced in a range of disciplines, such as corporate communications, PR, policy and campaigns, public affairs, patient advocacy and graphic design. We also have a partnership with the events and experiential agency, Ten Thousand Hours.
Clare van LyndenOVID 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.
Claire ReadOVID 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.
Sarah FletcherOVID 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.
Becky AttwoodOVID 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.
Victoria ShillitoOVID Associate
Victoria has a senior track record of creating successful media and communications strategies and functions that build profile for complex, sensitive issues and drive delivery on strategy. Her expertise is in writing strategies, conducting communications reviews, transforming teams, copywriting and reputation management.
Sophie LuisOVID Associate
Sophie is experienced in health and corporate PR, specialising in campaign management and media relations. She has achieved extensive coverage for clients across national and international media outlets. Sophie helped to launch Baby Box Co. in the UK. This free consumer healthcare education programme was created in association with the NHS and organisations such as ROSPA.
Katy TaylorOVID 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.
Andrew JonesOVID 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.
Louise AkersOVID 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.
Sarah WallaceOVID Associate
Sarah is a skilled communicator with 20 years experience in both agency and in house roles in the charity sector and has specialised in charity PR since 2014 through her company Bluebird PR. Sarah is confident at developing and integrating creative, effective media strategies to develop brand awareness, using multiple communication channels. She is passionate about communications which matter for wonderful causes.
Kellie SmithOVID 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.
Claire SandhamOVID 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.
Ruth WilsonOVID 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.
Katie OsborneOVID 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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