26 Mar 2020

Hanover Health today furthered the connection between its two award-winning specialist communications and public affairs teams as it announced changes to its London structure and leadership.

Senior Directors Alex Davies and Emma Gorton will lead a new London Health Team which includes the specialist public affairs and communications practices.

They will manage a team of over 35, providing breakthrough counsel and creativity to Hanover’s blue-chip client list. Davies and Gorton will continue to report to Andrew Harrison, Managing Director.

The London Health Team sits within the overall Hanover Health practice which includes the international policy and access team in Brussels led by Senior Director Emma Eatwell, and healthcare practices in Dublin and the Middle East.

Davies has more than a decade of experience in healthcare communications and is a specialist in corporate communications, media relations and issues and crisis management.

Gorton, a former PRWeek ‘30 under 30’ winner, has ten years of experience of healthcare PR and is a specialist in product and brand communications.

Harrison set up the health practice at Hanover nearly twenty years ago and prior to that spent a number of years in agency and at the UK Department of Health.

Until now, the London health public affairs and communications teams have been run separately. The move comes as James Woodhouse, Senior Director, who has led the London public affairs practice since January 2019 completes his fixed-term contract with the agency. Woodhouse has agreed to continue giving senior counsel to clients before following his ambition to set up his own consulting business.

“Today’s environment of pioneering science and cost containment pressures means that clients are increasingly asking for a combination of health policy, access, and communications expertise to succeed. Many clients are organising internally in this way,” said Andrew Harrison.

“Clients want experts, not generalists, and so we are retaining our award-winning specialist teams but bringing them closer together under a single leadership structure to help us go even further and faster in the future.”

Hanover Health has averaged growth of over 20% every year for the last four years and has won agency or team of the year awards every year for the last three years

In 2019 alone the practice won the PRWeek Award for Issues and Reputation Management and the PharmaTimes Communications Team of the Year Award (International), and the Sabre Awards Medical Technology Campaign of the Year.

Hanover Health works for around three-quarters of the world’s top 20 pharmaceutical companies running international and global as well as in market programmes.