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HBA's new UK chapter to look at 'more than medicine'

October meeting will cover strategies to succeed in the changing healthcare landscape

The new UK chapter of the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association (HBA) will hold its next meeting on October 17 at GSK House in Brentford, where it will take a look at strategies to succeed in the changing healthcare landscape.

The event will be followed later this year by further meetings of the HBA, which supports women to advance their career through education, mentoring, networking and events, at the offices of Ernst & Young, Abbott and McKinsey.

The UK HBA chapter made its debut in June 2013 with an event that brought together over 35 women from within the healthcare industry at the offices of strategic marketing planning and launch specialist agency Uptake Strategies.

This inaugural event in Windsor focused on lessons from leaders, with talks from senior female executives from the healthcare industry.

Speaking about their professional achievements and some of the challenges they had overcome were Sanofi UK and Ireland's diabetes divisional director Caroline Horwood; Pfizer's global head of services, operations and support Rachael Mortimer; Shire's VP of global regulatory strategy Camilla Simpson; Virgo Health's joint chief executive Sarah Matthew; and Quintiles' VP of global brand solutions Karen Fraser.

Commenting on the event one of the attendees, Sally Williamson, a senior product manager in market access at Janssen, said: “It was a great opportunity to hear what kept them motivated in difficult times, their tips on how to get ahead, and the important things to focus on. There was a consistent theme throughout all presentations – people!

“The overriding message was that prioritising supporting your colleagues and team is essential in order for you to be successful.”

A second event was subsequently held last month in London, providing the opportunity for networking, and the UK chapter plans to hold meetings every six weeks at various locations across the south east.

The HBA was established as a voluntary organisation in 1977 and is now in its fourth decade with more than 6,000 individual members globally and 100 corporate partners. The UK chapter aims to increase membership following its first events over the coming months.

• If you are interested in attending the HBA events, learning more about the HBA and what membership can offer you, please contact a member of the UK HBA chapter committee at or visit for further details.

7th October 2013

From: Marketing



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