The HCA Board steers the organisation towards a sustainable future by adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance and financial management policies, as well as ensuring the organisation has adequate resources to advance its mission.


The HCA Board is the governing body for the Healthcare Communications Association (HCA).  The board’s role is to provide effective strategic leadership, direction, challenge, support and guidance.  Board members work in partnership with fellow board members and the Chief Executive to ensure that strategic, business and operational plans support the organisation’s vision, mission and strategic direction and priorities.  Board members provide effective fiscal oversight and ensure sound risk management.
Attracting, retaining and developing the best people to work for the HCA in a paid or unpaid capacity is a high priority. The Nominations Committee takes delegated responsibility on behalf of the Board for identifying and proposing individuals who may act as new members of the board, its standing committees and ad hoc working groups and forums.

Additional committees, chaired by board members, take delegated responsibility for developing and driving specific aspects the HCA’s strategic plan.  These committees are responsible for:

  • Member Engagement
  • Professional Development
  • Standards and Best Practice
  • Foresight

The Board delegates responsibility for management and day-to-day operations to the Chief Executive who is supported by a Core Team.

Central Team

Emma Lockley

Career Engagement Manager

Joanna Blanc

Operations & Membership Engagement Lead

Louis Martin

Marketing and Digital Coordinator

Mike Dixon

Chief Executive

Nicola Bamford

Events Manager

Board Members

Alice Choi

Board Chair

Alister Sansum

Standards and Best Practice Committee

Annabelle Sandeman

Nominations Committee

Edel McCaffrey

Member Engagement Committee

Emma Kenny

Professional Development Committee

Rhiannon Meaden

Foresight Committee

  • alnylam-20-logo
  • astellas
  • bristol-myers-squibb
  • eisai
  • ferring
  • LGC Group
  • santen
  • takeda
  • vertex