EMWA Professional Development Committee (EPDC) Members
Marian is a publishing consultant, with particular interests in training and preparing clear content tailored for the audience.
Until April 2018, Marian was Associate Director for Publishing at the UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, where she built up and managed the editorial and digital publishing teams.
Marian set up EMWA’s first website in 1997, and was awarded an EMWA fellowship in 2007. With Barbara Grossman, she has run over 30 EMWA workshops.
Marian is currently the Education Officer on EMWA’s Executive Committee, and chair of the EPDC. She is a member of an NHS Health Research Authority ethics committee.
John qualified in medicine having studied at Oxford University and Guy's Hospital, London. Initially he trained as a surgeon.
After gaining further experience in paediatrics, neonatology, obstetrics and gynaecology, he then became a GP. Since 2003, John has completed an MBA at Warwick University Business School.
He then spent five years as Director of Medical Communications at InterComm International Ltd., becoming a healthcare communications consultant and trainer in scientific writing in 2013.
His consulting and training interests include supporting researchers, medical communications agencies and medical equipment companies to ensure their scientific communications are accurate, understandable and use appropriate language.
John provides training for universities and research institutes across Europe in academic writing, presentation delivery, and conference abstract and poster preparation.
He is coauthor of How to Publish in Biomedicine. 500 Tips for Success. 3rd Edition (2016). CRC Press.
Kari is an experienced freelance medical writer in Norway, who works mainly with medical communication and training, particularly manuscript writing.
She has given workshops on manuscript writing at several universities in different countries, gives EMWA workshops on manuscript writing, grant-writing and cross-cultural communication, and currently serves on EMWA’s Professional Development Committee as a mentor, leader, and assessor of workshops.
Laura Collada Ali
Laura is a freelance Medical Writing and Translation Consultant with extensive experience in delivering multilingual authoring and translation services for leading research organisations, pharmaceutical companies and government groups.
She served as Public Relations Officer from 2013 to 2015 for EMWA and as member of the EMWA’s Expert Seminar Series from 2018 to 2020.
Lisa is a Senior Partner and CEO of Trilogy Writing & Consulting Ltd. Aside from management activities, she leads client projects, with extensive experience in a variety of documents.
Lisa has a special interest in writing for the general public and in patient information. Following a PhD and post doc. in Pathology at Cambridge, Lisa began her medical writing career in 2000.
Since then she has also been involved in the European Medical Writers Association (EMWA) as a member of the Educational Committee, mentor, leader, and assessor of workshops, and teaches and reviews workshops for the American Medical Writers Association.
Lisa holds an EMWA professional development certificate, is a member of TOPRA, DIA, and PIPA, initiated the EMWA PV Special Interest Group, is chair of the Geoff Hall Scholarship Committee, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine.
Raquel Billiones has a PhD in Biology and more than 25 years combined experience in scientific and clinical research.
She has been a medical writer for >14 years, with core competencies in writing clinical trial and regulatory documents for pharmaceuticals and medical devices.
Her experience also includes transparency, disclosure and patient data protection in clinical trial data reporting.
Over the years, she took on a wide range of industry positions, as freelancer, employed regulatory writer, and as head of medical writing departments in the CRO and big pharma settings.
Raquel is an active member of EMWA, serving in various roles, including as Executive Committee member (2015-2017), associate editor of MEW (2010-present), workshop leader, and member of the SIGs on Medical Devices (MD SIG) and Sustainability (SUS SIG).
Sarah values the people with whom she writes in the same way she values the patients about whom she writes, and the customers for whom she writes.
She believes that everyone has their own, unique contribution to give to our industry. For this reason, Sarah has been involved in mentoring new medical writers since an early stage of her career.
In parallel with her largely regulatory writing experience, she has managed and mentored several teams of writers and has been involved in setting up and coordinating training systems. At Azur Health Science, she is still actively involved in advising and mentoring other writers.
Sarah has been medical writing since 2006 in clinical research organisations and medical writing consultancies.
She set up Azur Health Science in 2017 as Medical Writer and Director. She holds a first degree in Biology and a PGCert in International HTA, Pricing and Reimbursement.
Jules has been working in the CRO environment since 2006, focussing in medical affairs and medical writing and a member of EMWA since 2014. She has been actively involved in writing, budgeting, resourcing and training in medical writing for the last 12 years, particularly focusing on online training and webinars for the last few years. Successfully setting up teams in a variety of organisations and being actively involved in the development of individual writers has become a major part of her working life.
In her current role as Head of Medical Writing at Ergomed, she has managed, trained and developed a global team of medical writers of varying experiences, both employees and contractors, all through online platforms and mediums.
Jules runs an EMWA workshop on building medical writing teams where she shares the team model that is focussed on personal development in order to promote a positive work environment, staff satisfaction, staff retention, skill development, and a clear career path within the medical writing function.
She is a member of the EPDC, taking a lead - with Laura Collada Ali - on the EMWA webinar programme.