Meet the team

Peter Brown

CEO

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Peter Brown

CEO

 

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

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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

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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

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Lauren Martin

Group Account Director

 

Lauren has over 10 years experience in branding and marketing including 7 years within Life Sciences. Lauren oversees our account management team and deliverables for clients. 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. Outside of work, Lauren enjoys climbing hills and mountains, and exploring the world!

Pranika Sivakumar

Group Content Director

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Ted Wakeman

Senior Account Manager

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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

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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

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Alex Gibney

Senior Account Manager

 

After several years of working with B2C brands in implementing marketing strategies across the UK, Alex decided to put her B2B and science knowledge to the test and join Notch! She is passionate about marketing, keeping up to date with the latest industry trends and working with her team to deliver strategic results for clients. Whilst she loves a wee trip abroad, this year you’ll find her road tripping around the UK, finding new hiking spots and enjoying a cheeky few gins along the way!

Dan Cowell

Account Manager

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Dan Cowell

Account Manager

Dan attended the University of Leeds where he completed a BSc in Medical Sciences and an MA in Corporate Communications, Marketing and Public Relations. His research project in his masters was an analysis of the governments use of social media platforms to communicate scientific developments during the early phases of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Outside of work Dan enjoys a wide range of sports (watching and playing) with his main focus being on his beloved Derby County. Other interests include going to gigs and travelling to new places – with his favourite place being Madagascar on his journeys so far.

Adam Tarver

Junior Account Manager

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Adam Tarver

Junior Account Manager

Adam graduated from the University of Leeds with a 1st class Bsc biology degree. During his time at university, Adam also spent a year studying and interning in Monterey, California, where he worked as a marine biology research assistant studying the impact of climate change on giant kelp forests. After developing an interest in science communication while working as an editor at a science publishing institute, Adam joined Notch as a Junior Account Manager. Outside of work he enjoys cooking, playing guitar and traveling, with plans to explore South America and climb Kilimanjaro.

Natalie Burnett

Account Executive

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Natalie Burnett

Account Executive

Natalie graduated from the University of Manchester with a first-class degree in Biology. In her final year she completed a Science Media Project where she discovered her passion for science communication. After working at a secondary school for almost a year, she joined the accounts team at Notch where she could combine her love of science with creativity. At Notch, Natalie is an Account Executive, helping to run the social side of some of our accounts. Outside of work she enjoys going on runs and drinking at the pub.

Nate Cousins

Creative Marketing Manager

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Nate Cousins

Creative Marketing Manager

 

Nate’s experience is all about digital and creative marketing. His background is in multimedia production and is all about getting hands-on with the production of assets and creative digital campaigns. But he isn’t creative for creativities sake. His focus is on delivering campaigns that generate results. His broad knowledge and experience around website production, UI/UX, SEO, content marketing, email marketing, social media, SEM, Inbound and ABM is what makes him a perfect fit at Notch.

Joey Relton

Senior Digital Marketing Specialist

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Joey Relton

Senior Digital Marketing Specialist

With a desire to remain creative in his career following his Microbiology undergraduate, Joey achieved a Distinction in a Science Communication MSc from the University of Sheffield. His skills have seen him work on all sorts of weird and wonderful campaigns, ranging from medical cannabis research to dinosaur pathology, and even managing a private Covid testing service. Today, Joey applies his portfolio of experience to his work with our clients, covering all things digital marketing.

Charles Ben-Cofie

Senior Content Manager

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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

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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.

Amy Brennan

Strategic Content Manager

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Amy Brennan

Strategic Content Manager

 

Amy holds an integrated masters degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of York, where she discovered her passion for science communication while developing a Life Sciences educational resource. As Strategic Content Manager, she uses her strong understanding of the life sciences market, strategic expertise and content creation skills to develop compelling and creative campaigns for clients. In her spare time, Amy can be found on the Gaelic football field or taking her camera on an adventure across the UK.

Nick Gaunt

Scientific Content Creator

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Nick Gaunt

Scientific Content Creator

 

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.

Sarah Guinane

Senior Scientific Writer

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Sarah Guinane

Senior Scientific Writer

 

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.

Liz Kerrigan

Senior Scientific Writer

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Liz Kerrigan

Senior Scientific Writer

 

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

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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

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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.

Charlotte Renaut

Scientific Writer/Editor

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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.

Ben Nealon

Scientific Writer/Editor

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Ben Nealon

Scientific Writer/Editor

Ben obtained a first-class Bachelor’s in Chemistry from the University of Sheffield, followed by a Master’s in Science Communication. Fascinated by how the public are exposed to science, Ben’s dissertation analysed the scientific content being produced by the British press. As a Scientific Writer at Notch, Ben now utilises both his science writing and research skills from his time at university. When he’s not writing, you can probably find Ben tap dancing or baking a fresh loaf of bread (but not at the same time).

Annegret Maja Fiedler

Scientific Writer/Editor

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Annegret Maja Fiedler

Scientific Writer/Editor

Maja is a multilingual third culture kid who has obtained a MSc in Science Communication from the University of Manchester with a Distinction after graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Marine and Freshwater Biology from the University of Glasgow. They are passionate about creating accessible resources and improving public attitudes towards STEMM. At Notch, Maja enjoys learning about the latest innovations in STEMM and writing about them. Outside of work, they are caring for their houseplants or cycling all over (and outside of) Greater Manchester.

Rachael Cooper

Scientific Writer/Editor

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Rachael Cooper

Scientific Writer/Editor

Rachael has a first-class BSc in Biology from the University of Manchester, with her final year project focusing on Science Communication. This, and her contribution to the local university’s student newspaper, ignited her desire to write about the latest scientific discoveries and advancements in an accessible manner. She has enjoyed applying this passion to her role as Science Writer at Notch Communications. Outside of the office you can find Rachael embarrassing herself at pool tables in pubs across Manchester or going on walks with a flask of tea in hand.