Makara Health accelerates growth with new hires, and management and leadership team restructure


Salisbury, 21 March 2022 – UK-based international healthcare communications agency,
Makara Health, continues to strengthen its offering with the creation of new roles, senior hires and promotions to better support the agency’s next phase of growth.

As a result of phenomenal expansion (160% year-on-year growth over the last three years), new Business Unit Director roles have been created to lead and grow the following functions:

  • Dr (Med) Ekta Rohra has been promoted to Business Unit Director, Digital
  • Helen Rodway has been promoted to Business Unit Director, Learning and Development
  • To further support the Learning and Development offering, Kim Bond has been promoted to eLearning Lead
  • Gurjit Chahal has been promoted to Business Unit Director, PR
  • Dr Annlou Pendse has joined the team as Business Unit Director, Medical Education

Annlou joined the team earlier this year, having previously worked at Langland, to bring her medical education expertise to this newly created role. With her strong scientific background, and more than 15 years’ experience in healthcare communications, Annlou has led teams to deliver European and emerging market multi-country communication programmes across a broad range of therapy areas.

As part of the company’s future growth and development strategy, Makara Health has also restructured its leadership team to more clearly define responsibilities:

  • Katie Bright has been promoted to Deputy Managing Director
  • Helen Laurence has been promoted to Executive Director, PR and Medical Education
  • Diana Evans has been promoted to Executive Director, Patient Education and Head of UK Business Operations
  • Dr Shula Sarner has been promoted to Executive Director, Scientific Strategy

“By introducing new management and leadership roles, we have deepened our expertise in our core offerings and bolstered our integrated propositions for clients. Our strategic changes set Makara Health on a path to the future and are important steps towards continuing to attract and retain talent and clients,” said Louise Sharp, Founder and Managing Director, Makara Health.

“It’s great to see Makara Health continue to grow to a team of over 70 while maintaining our commitment to agile working. We have demonstrated we can successfully operate a virtual working model at scale, delivering award-winning work while promoting flexibility and balance for our people. This has allowed us to attract a wide range of talented and experienced individuals, regardless of where they live. Coinciding with this news, we have launched our new logo and brand identity, to reflect the modern, integrated agency we are today.”

Full list of new team members and promotions in the last three months:

  • Annlou Pendse, Business Unit Director, Medical Education
  • Lauren Wildman, Project Manager, Medical Education
  • Claire Paling, Associate Director, PR
  • Beth Gaffey, Project Manager, PR
  • Caroline Nesbitt, Project Director, Learning and Development
  • Chris Williams, Senior Medical Writer
  • Emily Bailey, Senior Medical Writer
  • Charlotte Hill, Medical Writer
  • Victoria Green, Scientific Associate
  • Anamaria Popescu, Digital Front-End Developer
  • Linda Villegas, HR Coordinator

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