The Team

Tony Yates: Chairman

With over 3 decades in the pharmaceutical industry, Tony started Solaris in 2005 as a truly integrated multi-disciplinary medical communications agency combining creative talent and medical writing expertise to deliver innovative and impactful programmes for clients wanting global or pan-European communications.

Claire Dobbs: Chief Executive

Claire has extensive experience at the helm of major healthcare communication organisations and helps ensure that clients benefit from the whole being greater than the sum of its parts.

Isatou Semega-Janneh: Account Executive

A biomedical graduate, our recent recruit has rapidly tuned in to Zinc, researching KOLs and creating situation reports, helping everyone stay on track. 

Andrew Lake: Managing Director

Having worked in the UK and overseas, initially within pharma before moving to the agency side, Andy excels in the development and delivery of medical communications programmes, helping clients solve complex challenges within the industry he loves.

Esmeralda Vermeulen: Medical Copywriter

Passionate about science and research, Esmeralda uses her strong academic background and her love for communication to develop creative and engaging pieces about medical topics.

Neil Smith: Director of Creative Copy

A literal word-smith Neil’s extensive experience adds value to the agency’s output. His role as PM Society awards chairman for 16 years also helps everyone stay in touch with developments in creative communication.

Sedaka Charles: Creative Lead

Currently working across digital and direct disciplines, delivering integrated rich media campaigns through to prestigious bespoke projects. Always strives to produce effective, exciting award winning work for clients.

Gillian Shaw: Finance & Admin

Gillian runs the office and keeps us all in order.

Tim Rowe: Studio Manager

Tim champions digital communications and with a degree in 3-dimensional design makes sure we view problems from all sides.

Oliver Payne: Senior Designer

His typographical roots and outstanding image manipulation skills ensure great designs and technically perfect artwork. 

Felicity Kerr: Editorial Director

Dedicated to the clear communication of complex ideas and with a keen eye for detail, Felicity has wide-ranging experience of writing and editing for global brands across the spectrum of audiences and therapeutic areas.

Anton Abrahams: Strategic Director

With global med comms and brand experience, Anton excels at getting to the key issues and determining the best way forward. He thrives on helping brands come to life with effective educational and promotional programmes.

Marian Byrt: International Communications Director

With extensive communications experience across global and UK markets, Marian thrives on developing trusted client and KOL relationships to drive innovative, bespoke MedComms programmes which differentiate brands from their competitors.

Scott Gouveia: Senior Medical Writer

After postdoctoral research in ophthalmology, Scott embarked on a career in medical communications where he applies the same scientific rigour, and takes pride in writing clear, accurate, and engaging copy for each specific target audience.

Rachael Donaldson: Senior Account Manager

With a first-class degree in Healthcare & Law Ethics and over 7 years MedComms experience, Rachael takes a friendly yet thorough approach to ensuring that all aspects of clients' needs and expectations are fully met.

Daniel Upstone: Digital Developer

With an understanding of all things digital, Daniel is a front-end web developer and project manager. He is also highly capable in graphic design, IT support, and video editing and has experience with multiple software packages and CLM systems.

Maria Mogni: Editorial Assistant

After years in the laboratory, Maria now combines her scientific knowledge with writing skills to help the creation of educational programmes with clear and effective medical messages.