Healthcare communications body the HCA appoints new board

Pictured above, clockwise from top left: Jo Tayler, Emma Kenny, Edel McCaffrey, Annabelle Sandeman, Alice Choi and Alister Sansum

The UK’s Healthcare Communications Association (HCA) has restructured its board and added new members from Axon Communications, Huntworth, Publicis Health and Cello Health Communications.

Joining existing HCA board chair Alice Choi are Axon’s Emma Kenny, independent consultant Edel McCaffrey, Annabelle Sandeman from Huntsworth, Alister Sansum from Publicis Health and Cello Health Communications’ Jo Taylor.

Choi, who also serves as chief operating officer at McCann Health Medical Communications, said: “As we looked at our fresh and ambitious plan for the future of the organisation, we needed to ensure our structure adapted to help us fulfil our exciting vision.

“We have been delighted by the wealth of interest shown by the membership to volunteer their time and experience and support the HCA in moving the organisation, and its work, forward. We are pleased to now be able to announce the industry leaders who, as board members, will chair our key committees.”

The HCA’s new healthcare communications board structure sees its positions filled as follows:

  • Professional Development Committee – Emma Kenny, partner and operations Director, Axon Communications
  • Member Engagement Committee – Edel McCaffrey, independent communications consultant
  • Nominations Committee – Annabelle Sandeman, global head of commercial strategy, Huntsworth
  • Standards and Best Practice Committee – Alister Sansum, director, scientific and medical communications, Publicis Health
  • Foresight Committee – Jo Taylor, director of Cello Health Communications, Europe

Annabelle Sandeman, chair of the Nominations Committee, said: “We are also very grateful to the many other experienced and talented members who have already volunteered to work as part of these new committees. The nominations committee welcomes any other members who wish to step forward and get involved in our work with the sector in helping shape healthcare communications now, and for the future.”

The HCA will continue to be led on a day-to-day basis by CEO Mike Dixon, alongside central co-ordinator Romilly Cook, while Aurora’s co-founder and owner Neil Crump moves to a non-exec position as governance lead.

HCA CEO Mike Dixon said: “Firstly, we wholeheartedly thank everybody from our existing executive committee who has contributed so much, some over many years, to get the HCA to where it is today. Although some now step down from their executive positions, we still look forward to their active participation and continued valuable input to all our work.”

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