Our People

“Together we make it happen”

Yvanne Enever

Yvanne Enever

Founder/Chief Executive Officer

Yvanne Enever is Founder/Chief Executive Officer of PHARMExcel, a full service CRO which she established over 11 years ago.

Her experience includes 10 years within the NHS (in various senior clinical positions) and 10 years clinical research experience within the academic sector. She was responsible for heading up an academic Clinical Trials Unit (achieving spin out status) and then latterly moving on to establish University College London’s R&D unit, where she was appointed Assistant Director of Clinical Trials.

In 2008, she moved to the private sector, working for a small CRO. There she was responsible for developing their Global QA systems, before leaving to focus on development of her own organisation.

Since its inception, PHARMExcel has organically grown and now undertakes clinical trials throughout the UK, Europe and with progression into the US.

Yvanne holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Critical Care from the University of Middlesex, a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from University of Hertfordshire and is currently undertaking her PhD at UCL.

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

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.

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

Gita Patel

Gita Patel

Senior Study/Project Manager

Gita joined PHARMExcel in December 2020 as our Senior Study/Project Manager. Gita has over 30 years’ experience in the clinical research industry.

She started her clinical research career in 1992, at London School of Pharmacy joint London School Hygiene & Tropical Medicine to determine drug sensitivity in vitro after which was appointed as Research Associate at Royal Marsden Hospital in Haemato-Oncology Unit and was instrumental for Biochemical Profile analysis and Medical Management Plans with patient-centric care for cancer patients including Stem Cell Transplants.

Pfizer was first step to move into Global Pharmaco-Epidemiological Survey of adults and children and expanded access to Investigational Medicines. Gita then moved to large CROs and pharma partners in clinical operations/project management/regulatory affairs involved in large/small/complex Clinical Global Phase I-IV and Observational studies in various indications notably Oncology and not limited to Rare Blood Disorders, Cardiology Central Nervous System, Alzheimer’s and Nerve modulation, Pain, Dermatology Endocrine/Metabolic, Immunology (virology), Injury, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Medical Devices.

Prior to moving to PHARMExcel, Gita worked as consultant for 6 years effectively with Key Opinion Leaders (physicians and academics) in designing or operationalising studies and develop strong sustainable peer to peer relationships with Network, Regulatory and Ethics aspects of clinical development on clinical medical products across EU and ROW.

Gita successfully studied for a PhD whilst working on the project inexorably led to the commercial development of FDA approved “Splenda”.

Ankunna Nwanna Skeete

Akunna Nwanna-Skeete

Clinical Study Project Manager

Akunna joined PHARMExcel in January 2017 as a Senior Project/Study Manager and has recently been promoted to Senior Clinical Research Manager.

Her career has spanned over 20 years within the UK pharmaceutical/biotechnology and CRO sectors. She has extensive experience working across Phase I-IV studies, working in a vast array of specialties, including haematology/oncology, neurology and gastroenterology.

Her academic qualifications include both a physical and biological science degree.

Akunna takes primary responsibility for leading on more complex studies and has the lead role for oversight of the Clinical Trial Administrator team and PHARMExcel’s vendors.

Brigitta Sarosi

Brigitta Sarosi

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.

Jack Grierson

Jack Grierson

Clinical Study Project Manager

Jack joined PHARMExcel in August 2021 as a Clinical Study Project Manager. He has over 7 years of experience in clinical research with a BSc in Biomedical Science from St. George’s University Hospital London and a Master of Research in Translational Cancer Medicine from King’s College London.

Jack has experience working directly with patients as a Clinical Trial Practitioner in the NHS, working on academic based trials at UCL and working on commercial trials in the US.

He is a listed author on over 20 publications/abstracts published in well-known journals such as New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet and BMJ Open. He is a regular protocol peer reviewer for the Trials Journal.

Jack is also a national co-lead for the Trial Methodology Research Partnership Patient Retention Theme, bringing patient retention expertise into PHARMExcel.

Trishna Champaneri

Trishna Champaneri

Clinical Study Project Manager

Trishna joined PHARMExcel in May 2021 as a Clinical Study/Project Manager-II.

She is a highly motivated individual with 15 years’ experience in clinical research.

Trishna has recent experience in research within Private Healthcare delivering academic and commercial projects in a variety of therapeutic areas, oncology, cell therapy & medical devices.

Her self-motivated and strong work ethic and integrity encourages her to build up trust and good client relationships.

Matthew Wilkins

Matthew Wilkins

Clinical Study Project Manager

Matthew joined PHARMExcel in September 2020 as a Clinical Study/Project Manager-I. After completing his PhD at the University of Southampton, Matt started his career in clinical research as a Clinical Trials Assistant in the NHS working on a range of healthy volunteer and patient studies. He was then promoted to the role of Clinical Research Coordinator, responsible for setting up and managing a portfolio of trials across multiple Phases and therapeutic areas, including Myasthenia Gravis, Ophthalmology and Hepatology. More recently, Matt was heavily involved in the recruitment of volunteers to Covid-19 vaccine studies including the Oxford-AstraZeneca trial, prior to joining PHARMExcel.

Carol Osuji

Carol Osuji

Clinical Research Associate

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.

Alicja Kownacka

Alicja Kownacka

Clinical Research Associates

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.

Martha Nabunjo

Martha Nabunjo

Clinical Research Associate

Martha joined PHARMExcel in March 2021 as a Clinical Research Associate (CRA) I.

She started her career as a Project Administrator (PA) at hVIVO Services Limited, working on internally and externally sponsored respiratory studies to ensure successful project delivery.

She later moved to Novartis as a Clinical Trial Associate (CTA), and worked on a catalogue of studies at different NHS and commercial sites across the UK, and in a wide range of therapy areas.

She later moved to Imperial College London as a CRA, working on a global phase IV, investigator initiated, cardiovascular study where she supported the management and monitoring of centres across Europe and South Africa.

Mohammed Khan

Mohammed Khan

Clinical Research Associate

Mohammed Khan Joined Pharmexcel in March 2021 as a Clinical Research Associate II with a strong interest in medical devices.

He graduated in 2001 with an Honours degree in Chemistry with Business Management.

After a short time of 18 months in the NHS, Mohammed entered the world Clinical research as a CTA working in a phase I Clinical Unit with Chiltern International. Mohammed went on to work for many Pharma companies and CROs, in some of the rarest diseases. Mohammed has worked in all phases and a wide range of therapeutic areas with monitoring experience in UK, Europe and Asia. Most recently, Mohammed went to Pakistan to perform monitoring and oversight in trials being conducted in some of the rural parts of Pakistan.

Samantha Males

Samantha Males

Senior Clinical Trials Assistant

Sam joined PHARMExcel in March 2017 as a junior Clinical Trials Administrator, working her way up to Senior CTA in Dec 2018. During her time with us, Sam has gained extensive knowledge in the research process and document management and continues to support the set-up, management and control of essential trial documentation across our portfolio.

Joshua Barry

Joshua Barry

Clinical Trials Administrator

Joshua joined PHARMExcel in September 2021 as a Graduate Clinical Trials Administrator. He has recently graduated from Nottingham Trent university where he received a BSc in Pharmacology.

During his time at university Joshua studied modules such Chemotherapy of Cancers & infections and Neuroscience which further piqued his interest in the pharmaceutical and clinical industry.

Joshua used to work in the building industry where he developed his strong work ethic. He is new to the clinical workspace and says that PHARMExcel has been a great place for him to develop his skills and understanding.

Allyson Mclean

Allyson McLean

Head of Quality Assurance

Allyson has a career which spans over 20 years, with extensive clinical, quality and compliance experience across the Pharmaceutical, CRO and health care industries.

Originally, with a nursing background, she moved into clinical research as a site coordinator/ research nurse; trained as a CRA with Quintiles and then moved into QA, initially within a Phase 1 unit.  From there, she has worked across Pharma R&D departments, in various quality and compliance roles, including establishing and maintaining Quality Management Systems; regulatory inspections and audit; risk assessment; quality improvement, to name a few.  She has previously led the design and implementation of inspection awareness/readiness activities both within the UK and Globally within various companies.

Allyson has a BSc in Nursing with Health Studies from Napier University, Edinburgh and MSc focused on Quality Management in Scientific Research & Development, from Cranfield University.

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 HR & Well-Being

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 HR & Well-Being for the company.  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 and Post Graduate Certificate in Management (CIPD & PGCM). Following this, Dani was promoted to Compensation & Benefits Consultant and involved in many aspects of HR Management.

In 2009 she moved into the education sector, undertaking finance and administration roles within various Primary Schools.

Dani is currently studying for her CIPD 7 – Advanced Diploma in Strategic People Management.

Stephanie Rowlands

Stephanie Rowlands

Office Manager and PA to CEO

Stephanie joined PHARMExcel in December 2021 as Office Manager and PA to Chief Executive Officer, Yvanne Enever. Stephanie has over 25 years involvement in Administrative, Secretarial and PA roles.

Her experience has spanned working within the corporate sector for a global building and construction consultants across the board to a regional sales office in the hotel sector, comprising of just 2 members of staff.

Latterly she has studied with the Institute of Legal Secretaries and PA’s to add another dimension to her professional and personal growth.

Study Specific Clinical Research Associates (CRAs)

John Hladkiwskyj

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 Managing Director sets PHARMExcel apart from other CROs."

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