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

Marketing Services 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

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.

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.

Shazia Ansari

Senior Account Manager

Shazia has a Masters in Chemistry from Sheffield Hallam University. Her interest in science communication began while at university, where she frequently presented her research at academic conferences. At Notch, Shazia works as an Account Manager where she applies her chemistry knowledge and organisational skills to various projects. She is also the envy of the office, owning more coloured pens than everyone else at Notch combined.

Sophie Mullany

Senior Account Manager

Sophie holds a first-class degree in Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychology from the University of Manchester. After taking part in a science communication final year project and working as a freelance Science Writer for a marketing platform, Sophie joined Notch as a Account Manager. Here, she applies these experiences in a PR and marketing environment. Fun fact: Sophie is a triplet! As her brother studies medicine and her sister studies marketing, Sophie likes to think she shares a combination of their interests.

Charlotte Radley

Account Manager

Charlotte has a BSc in Neuroscience with Psychology from the University of Aberdeen and an MSc in Global Mental Health from the University of Glasgow, where her research interests were focused on Dementia. At Notch, Charlotte works as an Account Manager, where she loves applying her scientific insights to all things marketing! Outside of work, you can find Charlotte hiking in the mountains with her dogs, upside down at yoga class, or planning her next travels.

Ted Wakeman

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’!

Mollie Spindler

Junior 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 Junior 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.

Lizzie Harrett

Strategic Content Manager

Lizzie has an MSc in Science Communication from Cardiff University and a first-class BSc in Biology from the University of Manchester. During her Masters degree, she edited the science section of the student newspaper and wrote for a range of publications, including BBC Science Focus. At Notch, Lizzie is a Strategic Content Manager where she demonstrates her passion for science through various forms of written text. In her spare time you will find her cheering on Wales at international rugby matches and escaping to the countryside at the slightest glimpse of blue skies.

Noemi Pifko

Strategic Marketing Manager

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.

Charles Ben-Cofie

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 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.

Rob Dods

Senior Scientific Writer/Editor

Rob studied Chemistry and Biology at Durham University before embarking for Sweden to attain a PhD in Structural Biology at Gothenburg University. From the Notch Scandinavia office, Rob acts as a Senior Scientific Writer and Editor as well as engaging in PR and Account Management. Rob endures the harsh Swedish winter tinkering with artificial pancreas systems, safe with the knowledge that he can spend the long summer nights hiking, camping and swimming around one of the country’s 100,000 lakes.

Shelley Farrar Stoakes

Senior Scientific Writer/Editor

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 Scientific Writer and Editor 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

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.