Lovely to meet you

Peter Brown


Peter has been immersed in the Life Science industry for three decades, making a difference to pharmaceutical and biotech corporations around the world. He has worked for three of the world’s largest advertising agencies before founding Notch with Kate Whelan. His interests include rugby union and Formula 1. Peter conquered Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for Schools for Kenya, to build schools for the Masai Mara tribes. In his spare time you’ll find him honing his culinary skills in the kitchen.

Kate Whelan

COO & Head of Notch Scandinavia

Kate completed a PhD and 3 years’ postdoctoral research on spinal cord injury at the University of Cambridge, Centre for Brain Repair, before moving into PR, branding and advertising for life science companies. Kate co-founded Notch with Peter in 2011 and now heads up Notch Scandinavia, where she is largely involved in clients’ marketing strategy, PR and technical writing. She enjoys keeping in touch with scientific discoveries, as well as ice skating, running and learning Swedish.

Simon Whelan

Head of Scientific Advisory

Simon is a Group Leader at Uppsala University’s Evolutionary Biology Centre, where he leads a research lab focused on using our knowledge of evolution to develop tools for understanding and studying genomes. His work includes the first full comparisons between mammalian genomes and he’s developed several widely used methods for comparing proteins. After his PhD at the University of Cambridge he held research positions at the European Bioinformatics Institute, Cambridge, and University of Manchester, UK. He enjoys exploring the countryside through running and hiking, playing the guitar, and improving his Swedish.

Lauren Martin

Group Account Director

Lauren’s background is in strategic branding and marketing, following a Marketing Management degree from the University of Manchester. She has worked on a number of global life sciences accounts at Notch, encompassing all aspects of branding and marketing. Lauren also has experience working on global campaigns and digital transitions for big pharma, and has led consumer marketing and comms initiatives across the US, Europe and China.

Pranika Sivakumar

Group Content Director

Pranika is a Neuroscience graduate from the University of Manchester. During her year’s internship at Notch she quickly became a key member of the team and discovered her natural talent for content development and creative social campaigns. After completing her degree Pranika returned to the company, where she manages all content produced at Notch. In her spare time Pranika enjoys keeping up with cricket and football (and is a firm believer that North London is red). Pranika loves the outdoors and, rain or shine, will always enjoy her long walk to and from work.

Noemi Pifko

Group Strategy Director

A couple of years after achieving her first-class degree in Marketing from one of the top universities in Hungary, Noemi became Marketing Director at a Budapest/London based branding & design agency. Her passion for B2B branding combined with her broad experience in digital marketing strategies and creative campaigns led her to the Marketing team at Notch. When not in the office, you will find her writing short stories, learning UX design and binge-watching documentaries about human bioengineering.

Matt Dayman

Account Director

Matt’s background is in agency-side B2C and B2B marketing, having worked on campaigns for a number of household-name companies. With experience in everything from strategic planning to tactical communications, Matt loves working on projects where big ideas come to life. Outside of work, Matt enjoys music, food and travel – as well as spending time in Manchester, his honorary hometown.

Emily Wells

Account Director

Emily’s background is in medical communications following completion of a degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Leeds. Before joining Notch, Emily lived and worked in London for 7 years and gained multi-agency experience on a range of projects with big pharma, notably strategic communication planning, digital communications and awareness campaigns. Emily is passionate about building and sustaining client partnerships and delivering high-quality, creative and innovative solutions. Outside of work, Emily enjoys keeping fit, good food and wine, and travelling around the country to see friends and family.

Mollie Spindler

Senior Account Manager

Mollie has a BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Bristol and an MSc in Genomic Medicine from Imperial College London, where her research focussed on developing a DNA sequencing method for poliovirus surveillance. She then spent a year working for the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics before joining Notch as a Senior Account Manager, where she enjoys creatively applying her scientific knowledge. Outside of work you will find Mollie experimenting in the kitchen, at the gym, or honing her photography and film-processing skills in her homemade darkroom.

Ted Wakeman

Senior Account Manager

Ted has got an integrated masters biology degree from the University of Leeds with a final project focusing on epigenetics. Prior to joining Notch as an Account Manager, he has experience working in the specialty chemicals industry, where he realised the necessity for strong science communication. Outside of work, Ted is a keen amateur boxer – having recently won a charity boxing match under his alter ego ‘The Bear’, successfully raising money for the ‘Free the Bears Fund’!

Ryan Marsden

Senior Account Manager

Ryan has a Masters in Chemistry from Durham University with his final year project focusing on drug discovery. He has previous experience of working in business development for a fine chemical company, where he began learning more about marketing and its use in the chemical market. At Notch, Ryan is an Account Manager, where he combines his knowledge of the chemical and pharmaceutical industries with his enjoyment of managing projects.

Alex Gibney

Senior Account Manager

Alex came from the Emerald Island to Manchester back in 2015 where she attended the University of Manchester. Her desire to understand how globalisation is affecting business’ across the world led her to gain a First Class Honours (Bsc) in International Management with American Business Studies. This included a year long study abroad at sunny Arizona State University (Go Devils!). She realised her passion for marketing when working for several marketing teams during uni, and felt Notch was the perfect firm to apply her learnings and expand her science knowledge. When Alex isn’t in the office acting as the resident DJ, you can find her planning her next travels abroad, in an art gallery or searching the city centre for a hidden spot to enjoy a large cappuccino or pink gin!

Charles Ben-Cofie

Senior Content Manager

Charles has a first-class Masters in Chemistry from Bangor University, with previous experience working within the fine chemical industry. His passion for science communication developed while working as the sub-editor for the student newspaper’s food and drink section, where he covered the science behind recent food topics. At Notch, Charles is a Senior Content Manager, where he focuses on creating engaging scientific content. A keen outdoorsman, Charles has managed to bring his love of the outdoors inside with an enviable collection of house plants.

Shelley Farrar Stoakes

Senior PR Manager

Shelley has a MSc in Palaeoanthropology and a PhD in Evolutionary Anthropology at the University of Liverpool. During her PhD, she worked as a Social Media Coordinator for an academic funding body and as a freelance Science Writer. Shelley’s role as a Senior PR Manager at Notch continues her passion for creating exciting, science-based content. In her spare time, Shelley can be found playing her guitar or exploring Manchester’s best music spots.

Sarah Guinane

Senior Scientific Writer/Editor

Wasting no time, Sarah was accepted into the University of Glasgow at the age of 15 where she earned an MSci in Chemistry. During her time there she contributed to a variety of research projects, including a study in Finland on the interactions of formic acid in outer space. With her broad scientific interests and love of writing, she soon stepped out of the lab and into the role of Science Writer/Editor at Notch. When not trekking around the globe in search of the next adventure, in her spare time Sarah can usually be found with her nose in a book or adding to her collection of brightly coloured socks.

Nick Gaunt

Scientific Writer/Editor

Nick holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Exeter, where he studied the interactions between agrochemical agents and crops. An all-round scientist, publishing his MSc (Res) in Chemistry, and having tutored degree-level Biochemistry, Mathematics and Biology, Nick stepped out of the lab and leapt into the role of Scientific Writer/ Editor. A keen sportsman, outside of work you can find Nick on the rugby field or performing poorly on the golf course.

Liz Kerrigan

Scientific Writer/Editor

Liz holds an MSc in Oceanography, with a focus in Chemical Oceanography, from Dalhousie University in Canada, and a BSc with First Class Honours in Environmental Science. Liz began her career as a research assistant in a chemical oceanography lab honing her research skills, performing lab work, and writing scientific papers while also further developing her skills in editorial writing, social media and web design. She then followed her passion for science communication by joining the Content team at Notch as a scientific writer. Outside of the office you can most often find Liz enjoying a pint of craft beer while chatting about all things pop culture or in the water practising synchronised swimming.

Gaby Walker

Scientific Writer/Editor

Gaby obtained a Distinction for her MSc in Science Communication from the University of Sheffield, after a BSc in Zoology. A committed dancer, Gaby combined her interests to explore the coupling of science and dance during her master’s. At Notch, Gaby sticks to more conventional means of communication, putting her love of writing and background in science to good use as a Scientific Writer. When not dancing, science-ing or both, Gaby enjoys TV, food and spending time with her many pets.

Josh Sandy

Scientific Writer/Editor

After taking part in a science communication final year project and graduating from the University of Manchester with a first-class degree in Pharmacology, Josh joined Notch as a Scientific Writer. Here, he combines his love of writing with his endless fascination with all things science to create content for a wide range of different accounts. When he’s not working, he can be found either in a cinema or running somewhere in the Greater Manchester area.

Amy Brennan

Scientific Writer/Editor

Amy holds an integrated masters degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of York. While developing a Life Sciences educational resource, Amy discovered her passion for science communication, leading her to complete a final year research project on the accessibility of scientific research. Upon graduating, Amy joined Notch as a Science Writer where she uses her knowledge to produce clear and engaging content. In her spare time, Amy can be found on the Gaelic football field or taking her camera on an adventure across the UK.

Charlotte Renaut

Scientific Writer/Editor

After taking part in a science communication project during the final year of her BSc Chemistry degree, Charlotte decided to hang up her lab coat and pursue a career in communications. She obtained a distinction in her MSc Science Communication degree from the University of Sheffield, joining Notch as a Scientific Writer shortly after. While studying, Charlotte’s love for coffee and her desire to keep busy led her to become a trained barista. When not at her laptop, you’ll find Charlotte pouring the perfect latte or digging through record shops to discover new vinyls to add to her collection.

Eve Blears

Junior Account Manager

Eve kickstarted her interest in marketing back in 2015 when she first achieved an internship at Notch. Five years, two university degrees and several additional marketing experiences later, and she’s back to pick up where she left off. Eve particularly enjoys the strategic side of marketing and after hours can be found co-hosting her latest radio show or winning gold (ok, maybe it’s mostly a medal for participating) at her local running club.