Our People

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Yvanne Enever

Yvanne Enever

Founder/Chief Executive Officer

Yvanne Enever is Founder and CEO of PHARMExcel, a globally respected CRO for Phase I-IV clinical trials supporting academia, biopharma, and medical device organisations. Prior to launching PHARMExcel, Yvanne held pivotal roles in clinical research leadership. She spearheaded an academic Clinical Trials Unit, achieving University College London (UCL) spin-out status, before transitioning to establish UCL’s R&D unit, where she led as Assistant Director of Clinical Trials.

A respected figure, Yvanne speaks at international conferences hosted by the Research Quality Association, The European Medical Device Conference, and the Institute of Clinical Research Symposium. She is an active contributor to industry-leading organisations including the IAOCR, UK-CLIF, COG and the ICR Forum and is co-author of several published studies in academic journals including The Lancet and chapters of the RQA medical device booklet.

Yvanne has been recognised nationally as Businesswoman of the Year (the only female business leader in clinical research to receive the honours) demonstrating her outstanding leadership and business integrity.

Yvanne holds a bachelor’s degree, a post graduate diploma in management, and is currently pursuing a clinical PhD at UCL, evaluating Quality of Life (QoL) in patients with liver ascites, reflecting her commitment to advancing knowledge and expertise in Hepatology.

Margaret Irwin

Margaret Irwin

Head of Clinical Operations

Margaret joined PHARMExcel in October 2020 as our Head of Clinical Operations. Margaret has over 25 years’ experience in the clinical research industry.

She started her research career in 1992, at Covance CRU Leeds leading clinical/technical teams in complex, technical FTIM Phase 1 trials. In addition, she was instrumental in the units first MHRA inspection under the new accreditation scheme. Margaret was also involved in validation for a brand new aseptic Pharmacy and Human Appetite Lab located on the site. Margaret then moved to a Site Management Organisation as Head of Clinical Operations  whose speciality was Dementia, Pain and Diabetes, covering 5 clinics in the North of England. She then worked at Quintiles as Director of Clinical Operations, initially working as Programme Director with a sponsor in a partnership setting, covering Oncology, Cardiovascular, Infectious Disease in all phases and therapeutics areas.

Prior to moving to PHARMExcel, Margaret worked for 5 years at UBC Late Stage Ltd as Director Clinical Site Services Europe, responsible for all the site management and monitoring activities across EU and ROW.

Margaret has a BSc (Hons) in Bioscience and Health

Shaun Hastings

Shaun Hastings

Director Quality Assurance

Shaun brings 20 years’ Quality Assurance experience to PHARMExcel. His clinical research career started at GSK as a CTA, progressing to Chiltern (now Fortrea), where he advanced to QA Associate/Document Manager. Shaun spent nine years at Chiltern, eventually moving to Servier in 2015, where in addition to QA he also gained valuable experience in ABPI compliance and data protection. Six years later he moved to Richmond Pharmacology becoming Head of QA.

Throughout Shaun’s career he has been responsible for a broad range of QA activities covering SOP management, including integration following mergers, external audits, and regulatory inspections, including MHRA, FDA and BfArM. Shaun has also contributed to risk management activities by chairing quality review meetings and developing audit schedules, conducting investigator site, system/process, study-specific and vendor audits.

Shaun is a member of the Research Quality Association (RQA) and sits on its GCP committee. Shaun’s dedication to quality assurance, led him to self-fund an MSc in Quality Management in Scientific Research and Development at Cranfield University, graduating in 2017.

Kirsty Adams

Senior Manager Clinical Operations

Kirsty joined PHARMExcel in April 2022 as our Senior Clinical Operations Manager. Kirsty has extensive experience in the academic and NHS sector with particular focus on Phase I CTIMPs.

She started her career at Kings College London working on behalf of the sponsor on CTIMP’s as a Trial Administrator supporting the Clinical Research Associates, in monitoring and setting-up academic clinical trials, before moving on to her role as a Sponsor Regulatory Advisor at University College London, supporting the regulatory set-up and conduct on investigator led clinical trials.

Prior to moving to PHARMExcel, Kirsty worked for 6 years in an early phase NIHR Clinical Research Facility specialising in early phase clinical trials in Oncology, Haematology and Neurodegenerative diseases. Kirsty was responsible for Quality, Governance and Data Management function of the research facility.

During the COVID-19 Pandemic Kirsty also led the NHS Facility in the large and complex programme of Urgent Public Health COVID-19 Vaccine trials, successfully recruiting over 2000 participants into vaccine and passive immunisation clinical trials.

Kirsty has a Bsc Honors in Psychology

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Anshu Ahuja

Senior Manager Clinical Operations

Anshu has 16+ years of work experience in Clinical Research including 8 years as a Lead /Clinical Research Associate/Monitor and 8 years as a Clinical Operations Manager, working across different teams on large global/ multi-national studies (phase I, II & III) with significant experience in Oncology, Immunology, Neurology, Cardiology, Respiratory & Vaccines therapeutic areas.

After pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy, Master’s in Clinical Research and Masters in Healthcare Management, he started a career as a Clinical Research Coordinator in New Delhi, India and then moved to become a Clinical Research Associate in 2006 – gainingCross Functional Expertise. Anshu then moved to PPD (UK) as a CRA to become a Clinical Operations Manager overseeing progress, metrics, and deliverables on cross functional global studies at country and regional level. He provided Line Management support primarily for CRAs whilst overseeing planning and support for business resource needs for UK and Ireland.

His responsibilities have spanned the full duration of commercial studies from project start-up to project close-out with significant experience in Audits & Inspections.

Brigitta Sarosi

Brigitta Sarosi

Senior Clinical Study Project Manager

Brigitta joined PHARMExcel in February 2021 as a Clinical Study/Project Manager II. She started her career in clinical research at King’s College London, working on studies in rheumatology and microbiology. From here she moved into a Study Manager position within academia, managing oncology trials across multiple phases. Brigitta has extensive experience in both commercial and academic studies, most recently being involved in a global Phase III Covid-19 research trial.

Maryam Balogun

Maryam Balogun

Clinical Study/Project Manager

Maryam joined PHARMExcel in August 2022 as a Clinical Study/Project Manager-I. After obtaining her BSc in Biochemistry and Genetics at the University of Nottingham, Maryam started her career in clinical research as a Clinical Research Administrator in 2017 at UCL. She was responsible for assisting in the management of a phase IV epilepsy trial performing clinical duties such as monitoring and ethic submissions, all whilst completing an MSc in Biomedical Science. Maryam was then promoted to a Clinical Trial Manager position at UCL in 2020 and was responsible for managing a phase III stroke trial and further gained some experience working on Urgent Public Health trials when the Covid-19 pandemic hit.

Alicja Kownacka

Alicja Kownacka

Clinical Study Project Manager

Alicja joined PHARMExcel in July 2021 as Clinical Research Associate II.

After completing her PhD focused on nuclear and molecular imaging technologies for visualizing tissue engineering constructs at the University of Hull, funded by European Marie Curie program, Alicja started her clinical research career at a start-up medical device company in the Netherlands.

Her accountabilities included setup and conduct of pilot clinical trials- phase II; product development activities relating to a novel tear fluid glucose sensor for diabetes management and other medical devices in accordance with ISO 13485.

In 2019 Alicja returned to UK where she joined Illingworth Research Group, CRO working on a number of early phase clinical trials in a wide range of therapeutic areas. As an addition to CRA role, Alicja had an opportunity act as Project Manager with a specific focus on startup activities, including monitoring the work against agreed budget and division of responsibilities.

Carol Osuji

Carol Osuji

Quality Assurance Manager

Carol joined PHARMExcel in January 2020 as our first in house Clinical Research Associate (CRA) II. Carol has 9 years of clinical trials experience working across multiple therapeutic indications such as Oncology, Respiratory, Alzheimer’s, Postpartum haemorrhage, Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative Colitis and Cardiovascular.

She started her research career at Richmond Pharmacology (Phase I), performing clinical procedures, undertaking Quality Control (QC) of essential documents, data entry, raising and closing data queries and assisting CRAs. She later moved to IQVIA were she worked up the ranks from Clinical Trials Assistant to CRA I, latterly working as a Single Sponsor CRA across multiple studies of all Phases.

Carol takes primary responsibility for monitoring our portfolio of studies (both on site and remote). Her experience enables her to assist with developing monitoring plans, feeding into study planning and logistics, assisting with ethics and regulatory submissions, escalating quality issues and serious breaches of the protocol and GCP and working with our Project Management team to support process improvements.

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Ingrid Brumarescu

Clinical Research Associate

Ingrid joined PHARMExcel at the beginning of December 2022 as a Clinical Research Associate II. Ingrid started her career in clinical research as a Clinical Trials Administrator more than 15 years ago and worked her way up to CRA and Senior CRA. She has worked for 12 years in the Clinical Trials Office at King’s College London, where as CRA she was part of the Quality Team of a sponsor organisation.

Ingrid has extensive experience of academic clinical trials with UK and EU sites, spanning various therapeutic areas. She has been heavily involved in the start-up of complex clinical trials and has joined PHARMExcel because she was attracted by their ethos, values and track record. Ingrid is passionate about clinical research as one of the best ways to improve health outcomes and is trying to be part of the research environment while also developing her career.

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Iga Abramowicz

Clinical Research Associate

Iga joined PHARMExcel in December 2022.  She obtained her MSc in Applied Biotechnology at the Agricultural University in Krakow, Poland. She then furthered her scientific interests undertaking a PhD at the University of Birmingham, working in the field of DNA damage and repair. After successfully completing her studies, Iga worked as a Research Fellow in the Genome Damage and Stability Centre at Sussex University, carrying out research in the Human DNA Damage Response Disorders Group. Her research expertise involved working on rare genomic disorders in broad international scientific collaborations, mostly involving DNA repair pathways.

After 8 years Iga moved into clinical trials as a Clinical Trial Manager, based at Sussex University’s Clinical Trials Unit. She was responsible for setting up, supporting and the day-to-day management of clinical trials as well as ensuring adherence to the trial protocol, regulatory and monitoring requirements. She worked on a range of clinical specialities including HIV, mental health, and sexual health.

Susie Beasley

Susie Beasley

eTMF Specialist

Susie joined PHARMExcel in February 2024 as our eTMF Specialist. Susie’s experience within the pharmaceutical industry started in 2015 in a small biotech, as a clinical trials associate. Moving into a senior CTA position and specialising in eTMF oversight in 2020. Susie has worked in phase 1 to 2b trials, supporting study managers and ensuring quality of the trial documentation.

Katie Howe

Head of Marketing

As the Head of Marketing at PHARMExcel, Katie is responsible for creating and accelerating the company’s marketing strategy and brand recognition in the UK and Europe.

She is focused on driving the company’s vision to become the chosen CRO of choice in early phase clinical research studies for academic and biotechnology sponsors.

Katie has over 20 years’ experience in B2B marketing, specialising in marketing strategy, brand awareness and lead generation in the UK and international markets.

Throughout her career she can be accredited with many “firsts” – including launching the first ever online learning platform for engineering practitioners; developing the Institution of Engineering & Technology’s first commercial webinar programme and launching the first mobile phone donation campaign for a Hospice charity.

Katie holds a BA in Business Studies and German from Swansea University, and the Digital Marketing certificate from the Institute of Data & Marketing.

Anna Norris

Anna Norris

Head of Finance

Anna joined PHARMExcel in April 2020 as Financial Controller. She is ACA qualified and has over 20 years’ experience working in accounting and finance roles. After 3 years training in a small audit firm she spent 16 years at the UK subsidiary of a Spanish owned fragrance wholesaler where she progressed through various positions to become Finance and Administration Director. Anna then spent 2 years as Head of Finance and Administration at a tech start-up, setting up and developing a new finance function.

Dani Harrison

Dani Harrison

Head of People & Culture

Dani joined PHARMExcel in April 2019 as Office Manager and Human Resources Representative. She then moved into the role of HR/Well-Being Manager and is now the Head of People & Culture.  Dani has over 30 years of Office Management and HR experience starting her career within the banking sector. Dani was appointed as PA to the Senior HR Advisor for the City and West End Region for NatWest, where she studied for her Diploma in Human Resource Management (CIPD) and Post Graduate Certificate in Management (PGCM). Following this, Dani was promoted to Compensation & Benefits Consultant and involved in many aspects of HR Management for NatWest Head Office HR.

In 2009 after a career break to bring up her 2 children she moved into the education sector, undertaking finance and administration roles within various Primary Schools.

Caroline Lofts

Caroline Lofts

Finance Manager

Caroline joined PHARMExcel in July 2022 as Finance Manager.  Caroline has over 35 years of Admin and Finance experience, starting her career with Barclays.  Caroline has had many roles within the bank starting in Barclays plc and then into Knightsbridge International and Private Bank at Canary Wharf.

In 2016 Caroline moved to the Education sector undertaking Finance roles and then as a Schools Accountant providing financial support to various schools in the London Borough of Barnet.

Caroline has recently completed the Level 3 AAT qualification for Assistant Accountant and is hoping to continue with her studies to Level 4 to fully qualify as an Accountant.

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Paula Noot

Office Manager and PA to CEO

Paula joined PHARMExcel in March 2023 as Office Manager and PA to Chief Executive Officer, Yvanne Enever.  Paula has over 25 years involvement in Administrative, Secretarial and PA roles.

Her experience has spanned working within the Banking and Education Sector.

In 2016 she immigrated to the UK and took up various Office Manager and PA roles within Primary and Secondary Schools.

Paula is responsible for managing all aspects of the company’s offices whilst supporting the CEO.


John Hladkiwskyj

John Hladkiwskyj

Study Manager Specialist

John began his career in clinical research in 1987. Since then he has held a variety of roles which have allowed him to become an experienced clinical researcher across many different disciplines and therapeutic areas. As well as working in the UK, John has international experience in running and monitoring studies in Europe, the USA, Asia, the Middle East and Africa for a variety of International clients from the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical devices industries. John has partnered with PHARMExcel since 2018

"PHARMExcel’s passion for their projects, the professionalism shown by the team, combined with direct access to the CEO sets PHARMExcel apart from other CROs."


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