Archive for May, 2021

Introducing the Climate Action Group – driving the change we want to see in the world

Posted on: May 21st, 2021 by Tomas White

We believe that all businesses are at a unique turning point where they can choose to change their behaviours to deliver long lasting and impactful change.

This is where Engine has a powerful and important role to play.

We are proud to start positioning ourselves at the forefront of this change in the industry. With our multitude of business offerings we have the ability to help our clients on several levels. Engine needs to initiate these conversations both internally and externally to encourage and create change and in turn to support more businesses in seeing the benefits of implementing ESG structures and protocols in their own workforce.

The best place to start this is clearly in our own business, which is why we are pleased to have launched a Climate Action Group following the appointment of a Head of Sustainability earlier this year. We are a newly formed group with representation from across all the Engine Pillars. Our goal is to increase awareness of the rapidly growing climate crisis and drive change, both within Engine and beyond.

Last week, we had an introductory meeting with Purpose Disruptors, a strong and growing network of people and businesses within the advertising and marketing communications industry focused on reshaping the industry with the goal of reaching net zero by 2030. They are the brains behind #ChangeTheBrief – an alliance whose vision is collective action among industry partners to reveal things that have previously been obscured, and to respond to client briefs in a way that will promote attitudes, lifestyles, behaviours and brands aligned with a net zero society. They have developed a tiered offering that provides a deeper dive into key categories (e.g. food, energy, fashion, etc.) to upskill teams on critical sustainability and climate change issues associated with their clients specific sectors – training that will enable teams to know what direction they need to go in to ‘change the brief’ and how they can help clients move forward with this. They are also developing a more bespoke training package which will dive deeper into understanding how to promote and embed sustainable behaviours and lifestyles.

All truly inspiring and definitely further food for thought as we, The Climate Action Group, continue on our mission.

We are busy shaping and building a Climate Action Plan that will enable us to accelerate our commitment to Climate Change, further future proofing Engine as a business. The Plan is being developed around three key overarching areas of focus – further review of our business operations to see what other ways we can look to improve; looking to establish more sustainable work processes with and for our clients; and looking at how we can use our positive position as a business with clients and through active engagement with the industry to influence behaviour and bring about positive change.

The time has come for all industries to recognise the change that they can have in the world and to take positive action. We are only at the beginning of this journey but strongly believe that Engine, and the businesses with whom we work have a critical role to play in delivering a net zero society. Starting the right conversation is not always easy, or comfortable, but it’s important to do. One thing is for sure, in the context of Climate Change it will only ever bring about positive change and importantly, sustainability for all.

Should you wish to find out more about the Engine Climate Action Group please contact Rachel Boland, Head of Sustainability at [email protected]

Turning trauma into a career

Posted on: May 19th, 2021 by Tomas White

“Crohn’s and Colitis are serious conditions which aren’t taken seriously. They cost the NHS as much as cancer and heart disease per patient, and can be just as devastating, but they lag behind in the recognition and support needed to improve lives. Unacceptably high levels of emergency care and delays to diagnosis, investigations, and surgery, exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, are signs of services under pressure and a model of care which is not working. The report sets out a vision for change – this needs to be prioritised by governments across the UK and supported with a defined long-term strategy.”

Sarah Sleet, CEO at Crohn’s & Colitis UK and Chair of IBD UK.

 

We aren’t taught about health in school and no one prepares you to be diagnosed with a lifelong condition. I skipped through life up thinking I was untouchable until the age of 19 – that’s when it started: the bloating, stomach pains, tiredness and blood in the toilet bowl. I ignored it for months – “I’m 19 and this will go away” – I told myself every time I left the bathroom. It got to the point when I couldn’t ignore it anymore and I went to see a doctor for the first time – not knowing that my life wouldn’t be the same ever again.

The first doctor I saw told me I might have cancer and the second told me there was nothing wrong with me. I went from hospital to hospital, doctor to doctor in an attempt to give this pain a name. In that time, I was spending my days in bed and my nights camped down on the bathroom floor. Doctor number four was a kind man, with the worry of a thousand patients sitting on his brow. By this point I had been experiencing symptoms for six months; my skin was grey, my spine and pelvis were now my most prominent feature and I was drifting in and out of consciousness as he looked through my labs. “You have Ulcerative Colitis” he said. I shrugged and tried not to throw up on his royal blue carpet. At the time, as long as it had a name, it had a cure right? Wrong. I rattled my way out of the appointment – now a walking pharmacy with the amount of medication I was taking.

For the entirety of 2017 I spent it in hospital or in bed going through endless tests and rounds of medication. I was supposed to be at university and living my best life but instead my body had put me in purgatory.

I was trapped in the four white walls of one room – angry, upset, tired and a little hungry [but I dared not eat for the pain that would ensue moments after]. It was a lonely existence with nothing but my laptop and social media as an escape beyond my hospital bed. One day, pained with the maddening similarity of each day and no WIFI in the dark depths of the hospital, I started to write. Hammering at the keys of my computer, I described every test, medication side effect and hospital appointment. Pouring every emotion onto the page, I felt the world lift from my shoulders.

My words were for the few and not the many in the beginning. I chose to share it with my friends and family to take them along my journey with me and by writing down my experiences, it not only helped me open up about a condition I had tried to keep behind the bathroom door, but gave me the confidence to find others like me. I searched #InflammatoryBowelDisease on Instagram – I’m not sure what I was expecting to find, images of toilets perhaps? Instead I found a huge community – people sharing experiences online and for the first time in over a year I felt like someone understood me.  I could laugh about the poo stories and compare hospital stories with people from all over the world.

The more I talked to the community, the more I realised I could help someone feel less scared and alone. I chose to share my words online and the more I shared, the more I saw the importance of opening up about a stigmatised condition. From that moment on, the ripple turned into a tidal wave of support. People from all over the world were reading my words and most importantly they found some comfort in it they weren’t alone.

Almost a year after my very first hospital appointment and I was losing more weight and my symptoms only getting worse despite the medication. “You need surgery. You can’t try any more medication” my GI said. I pleaded with him and asked if I could finish the last five months of my degree. “You won’t make it that long – you won’t see the end of your degree if we don’t do this now,” was the reply. The harrowing reality of IBD and finally knocking into my stubborn brain that this condition was lifechanging. I was admitted to St Marks Hospital to have my entire colon removed and an ileostomy created. An ileostomy is a type of stoma – my small intestine pokes through my abdomen by about 2 inches and a bag goes over the top to catch waste. Put simply, I now poo into a bag and have done for the last 3 years.

In the year post-op, I lived my best life! I had gone from being chained to a toilet for over a year, to finally free from my problematic bowels. Nine months after surgery, I was due to go back to university; more excited for the social life, than the studying. Going back to my history degree was tough – I didn’t get the same satisfaction from learning about The French Revolution or writing papers on Thomas Jefferson anymore as I did from writing about my IBD and stoma bag.

My final year flew by – most likely down to too many jägerbombs – and the time to look for a job. My university told me my history degree would open SO MANY doors for me – doors to a library, museum or school – none of which was appealing to me. I got excited about health and there wasn’t much with a heart still beating in a museum, so I widened the net of searching to include social media and healthcare. I didn’t have any professional experience, but I had an endless amount of lived experience. After a million applications and lots of ‘sorry but…’ emails I got a job in healthcare communications. Jumping for joy at the prospect of getting paid for my passion, three months after I finished my degree, I was on my first ever commute into a shiny new office, to a shiny new job. I dived headfirst into the world of health and the rest is history.

When I was looking for a job I made a pact with myself: I had been through too much to end up in a job I didn’t enjoy, so I was going to make sure every day I left the office I would feel like I’d made a difference; knowing the work I am doing is contributing to helping others. Being diagnosed with IBD threw my life upside down but without the diagnosis, I wouldn’t be where I am now – in a job that I love, using my experience to help others outside of my condition and disability.

The hidden impact of IBD: National report shows Crohn’s and Colitis healthcare need improvement

Half a million people in the UK live with IBD, but the condition is largely stigmatised and makes it difficult for patients to speak up. By talking about experiences, it allows to break own the taboo associated with IBD and push for change in IBD care.

IBD UK – a coalition of health specialists, charities, professional organisations and Royal Colleges – have revealed the real impact of IBD on the NHS and how IBD care in the UK is costing some patients their health and the NHS millions.

1 in every 133 people in the UK live with IBD – a number significantly higher than previously thought. The IBD UK report shows services are under increasing strain; struggling to meet the 2019 IBD Standards. To improve care, highlight the growing numbers of patients with IBD, we need to see IBD recognised as an NHS priority with a clear government strategy over the next 5 years. Sharing personal stories is one way we can impact change! ‘Crohn’s and Colitis Care in the UK: The Hidden Cost and a Vision for Change’ consulted over 10,000 people with Crohn’s or Colitis and almost three quarters of specialist IBD health services.

Let’s not go back to normal as we come out of the pandemic.

Read more about the IBD UK report via this link.

Discussions with the front line – COVID-19 Reflections and Recovery

Posted on: May 17th, 2021 by Tomas White

The report details how the pandemic has shaped the NHS, with the event’s speakers providing personal insight into the challenges and opportunities that have arisen.

We were joined by speaker’s Dr Katherine Henderson, President of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medicine Consultant at St Thomas’ Hospital; Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, a GP in Newham, and Professor of Health Improvement at UCL; and Shaun Lintern, Health Correspondent at The Independent. Rachel Rowson, MHP’s Head of Health Innovation, chaired the discussion, during which the participants offered fascinating insights into healthcare inequalities and technology, workforce challenges and the post-pandemic recovery.

Technology: how to strike a balance? 

The role that technology can play in improving or exacerbating healthcare inequalities was a key talking point from the event. The speakers explained how telemedicine could facilitate the provision of healthcare at home, but pre-existing socioeconomic factors may prevent some groups accessing online services. Dr Henderson stated that such technology could be hugely advantageous, explaining that it became possible to access patients shielding remotely, facilitated professional communication and enhanced information sharing. However, she commented that while NHS 111 had been used successfully for initial pandemic triaging, there could be an issue of equity of access to appointments and raised concerns about not knowing if those who needed appointments were able to secure them.

Shaun Lintern added that increased use of technology could in fact improve access to health services for harder to reach groups such as those in remote areas. Professor Marshall explained how the advantages and disadvantages of the increased use of technology were yet to be fully understood, highlighting the need for a balanced assessment of the benefits. The panel agreed that central to the discussion was the importance of alleviating digital poverty, noting that a truly National Health Service must cater for everyone.

 

What next for the NHS workforce?

The discussion then turned to workforce challenges experienced during the pandemic. Professor Marshall called workforce planning “the biggest oxymoron the NHS has ever seen” in that good workforce planning is vital yet has historically been poor, resulting in increased workload on the ground exacerbated by an increasing demand. Both he and Dr Henderson discussed the challenges that have arisen from the increasing staff shortages, with the former stressing that bureaucracy and limited capacity had put patient-provider relationships under strain. Nevertheless, Professor Marshall was keen to stress that, despite social distancing measures, GPs had been able to provide good quality care for the patients they did see, thanks to reduced bureaucracy and regulations. Building on the findings of MHP Health’s Pandemic Perspectives report where healthcare workers had described their experiences as “overwhelming” and “stressful”, it was discussed that much of the stress and intensity that has been placed on the workforce has led to many GPs currently working part-time.

Despite these challenges, the speakers believed that camaraderie had played a considerable part in the NHS’ ability to cope with the pandemic. They felt that the response of NHS staff to the COVID-19 crisis has enabled the NHS to recruit healthcare professionals, but the issue lies in retaining them. From the perspective of emergency medicine, Dr Henderson stated that the first wave was “an incredibly collaborative time”. This was due to staff quickly adapting to new roles and working together to deliver urgent care. She commented that the second wave was more challenging, as staff had to cope with COVID-19 patients on top of the winter pressures and an increasingly exhausted workforce. Echoing a finding in Pandemic Perspectives, where a respondent stated, “we have all pulled together to ensure we keep the service going no matter what”, Dr Henderson and Professor Marshall emphasised the value of the camaraderie that took place during the peak of the pandemic, which must continue in the months ahead.

 

A post-pandemic NHS

The panel also shared their thoughts on how the NHS could recover from the pandemic as it faces a period of transition. Whilst it continues to manage the impact of COVID-19, it must also prepare for post-pandemic life and the resumption of normal services. Before March 2020, it was noted that services had already been under immense strain, with staff now facing the challenge of catching up with the backlog of treatment postponed by the pandemic. Shaun Lintern commented that staff will have to tackle the biggest waiting list since 2008, with over 300,000 waiting over a year for treatment. The panel agreed that the workforce capacity challenge has signified the importance of implementing an NHS workforce plan, supported by recruitment budgets.

In spite of these challenges, our speakers were optimistic about the NHS’s COVID-19 recovery. MHP found that healthcare workers want greater recognition of the challenges they’re facing and continued support for digital transformation.  When asked to list three key gains from the pandemic and hopes for the future, a repeated theme was the altruism of healthcare workers. Both Shaun Lintern and Professor Marshall maintained that the public now has more recognition for the hard work of NHS staff, particularly nurses. They hoped this would continue into the next phase, as did the health workers interviewed for Pandemic Perspectives. Dr Henderson also praised the public’s response to the COVID-19 restrictions, stating that they should be given more information in the future and be trusted to make the right decisions. Overall, the discussion was a brilliant summary of the past 15 months and provided an excellent opportunity to hear from those who helped us through the challenges of the past year.

Pandemic Perspectives: Reflecting on One Year of COVID-19

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MHP Mischief 30 To Watch: Young Journalist Awards 2021

Posted on: May 14th, 2021 by Tomas White

A year like no other

Keith Gladdis, Senior Director, Media

For young journalists wanting to make their way in the news industry the stakes have never been higher.

A global pandemic means there is an insatiable appetite for high quality, in depth news.

But holding the government to account, testing the economic impact of Covid-19 or challenging the misinformation of the anti-vaxxers is difficult when reporting in isolation under lockdown.

Elsewhere there has been a conveyor belt of polarizing stories for them to contend with ranging from Trump, Black Lives Matter, Brexit and of course, Harry and Meghan.

All this under the intense glare of social media where a young reporter can soon become the subject of the story, as our brilliant 2020 Gold winner Nadine White experienced when she asked a simple question of a government minister.

Meanwhile the traditional business model for the industry is falling apart with a collapse in advertising revenue both in print and online leading to news titles closing and swathes of job losses.

The fact that this year’s entrants for the MHP + Mischief 30 To Watch: Young Journalist Awards have so successfully negotiated the difficulties of lockdown and carried on working to such a high standard is a testament to their professionalism and hard work.

This is the tenth year of the 30 To Watch awards and their growing stature in the media industry is reflected in the record number of entries.

Four hundred young journalists from titles ranging from The Wall Street Journal to PopSugar submitted entries of an extraordinarily high standard across the board. This made the task of the judging panel, chaired by head of the Cardiff School of Journalism Richard Sambrook, particularly tough.

One trait stood out in the journalism of all our winners, bravery.

The bravery to hold powerful people to account, to challenge stereotypes, to pursue unfashionable stories and to speak for those without a voice.

We saw powerful journalism on issues ranging from sexual abuse, police corruption, the migrant crisis, bereavement in the young and the care of the elderly.

This is journalism with a real-world impact, many of these stories have led to changes in our society.

The extraordinary lengths young journalists will go to in the pursuit of the truth, even with the restrictions of the pandemic is a clear indication of the talent on display.

Now, as the UK emerges from lockdown we need to understand the impact working in the pandemic has had on our young journalists.

The buzz of the newsroom has been lost to the isolation of working alone. Meeting people in person has been lost to endless Zoom calls or direct messaging on social media.

ENGINE MHP + Mischief 2021 30 To Watch

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This year’s 30 To Watch

News

  • GOLD: Sanya Burgess, Sky News
  • Alexandra Heal, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism
  • Inzamam Rashid, Sky News
  • Layla Wright, Freelance
  • Susie Coen, Daily Mail

Politics

  • GOLD: Harry Yorke, The Telegraph
  • Aubrey Allegretti, The Guardian
  • Eleni Courea, The Times

 

Health

  • GOLD: Anna Gross, Financial Times
  • Matty Edwards, The Bristol Cable
  • Samuel Lovett, The Independent

City & Business

  • GOLD: David Hodari, The Wall Street Journal
  • Lucy White, Daily Mail
  • Nicholas Megaw, Financial Times

Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle

  • GOLD: Elaine Chong, BBC
  • Dan Hastings, Freelance
  • Eleanor Halls, The Telegraph
  • Georgia Murray, Refinery 29
  • Navi Ahluwalia, PopSugar UK

International Affairs

  • GOLD: James Walker, France TV
  • Amanda Coakley, Freelance
  • Manisha Ganguly, BBC

Financial & Consumer Affairs

  • GOLD: Elizabeth Howcroft, Reuters
  • Helen Cahill, Mail on Sunday

Technology

  • GOLD: Leonie Cater, Politico
  • Sebastian Klovig Skelton, Computer Weekly

Best Campaign or Investigation

  • Miles Dilworth, Daily Mail

Best Social Media or Content Activation

  • Joice Etutu, BBC

The Award for Combating Polarisation

  • Zesha Saleem, Freelance

Best Photographer

  • Hugh Kinsella Cunningham, Freelance

The Judges

MHP + Mischief’s 30 To Watch Awards are judged by leading journalists from across the industry – many of whom are former #30ToWatch winners.

Our 2021 judging panel is chaired by Richard Sambrook, Former Director of News at the BBC and now Professor of Journalism at Cardiff University School of Journalism, and includes:

  • Kate McCann – Political Correspondent – Sky News
  • Oliver Shah – Business Editor – The Sunday Times
  • Anne Alexander – Senior Political Producer – Good Morning Britain
  • Pandora Sykes – Writer, Journalist and Broadcaster
  • Kat Lay – Health Editor – The Times
  • Robert Guest – Foreign Editor – The Economist
  • Harry Cole – Political Editor – The Sun
  • John Stevens – Deputy Political Editor – Daily Mail
  • Isabella Silvers – Integrated Associate Editor – Hearst
  • Oliver Smith – Managing Editor – AltFi
  • Peter Campbell – Global Motor Industry Correspondent – Financial Times
  • Geraldine McKelvie – Investigations Editor – The Mirror
  • Polly Curtis – Managing Director – PA Media
  • Morgan Meaker – Technology Reporter – The Telegraph

If you have any questions about MHP + Mischief’s 30 To Watch: Young Journalist Awards 2021 please email [email protected].

Senior hires from Sanofi and the DHSC boosts healthcare communications expertise

Posted on: May 7th, 2021 by Tomas White

The move accelerates the award-winning team’s rapid expansion into fully-integrated health communications campaigns – one of the drivers behind the agency’s move up two places in this year’s PR Week Top 150 Health table, as a result of it’s 8% growth in 2020 – and reflected in recent work such as the ‘New Normal, Same Cancer’ campaign for AstraZenenca and ‘Every Breath Counts’ for a UN-led coalition against pneumonia.

The two new hires will turbocharge the diversification of ENGINE MHP+Mischief’s Health practice beyond its public policy heartlands and comes at a time of increasing scrutiny of the sector and a resulting focus on healthcare communications.

Kate Pogson, Head of Health at ENGINE MHP+Mischief, said:

“The last year has once again underscored the importance of communications in healthcare, from pharma company communications to broader public health campaigns. Getting the story right is critical both to advance reputations and challenge disinformation. We are so excited to be bringing strong senior talent to our team to help deliver that for clients, working alongside other specialist teams, including Brand & Reputation and our creative Studio team.”

As Director, Louise will work alongside recent senior hires in Digital Health and Patient Advocacy, accelerating the health business shift into communications and integrated campaigning. Her expertise spans public affairs, communications and campaigning, spending the majority of her 20 year career at Sanofi, where she led on award winning Brexit communications and specialised in executive leadership, issues management and change communications. Previous roles include MSD, M&C Saatchi, the House of Commons and NCT.

Former journalist Jaber Mohamed joins the team from the Department for Health and Social Care, where he was Chief Press Officer for International, Public Health and Medicines policy throughout the pandemic.

Mohamed oversaw all media relations for the UK’s Covid-19 Vaccination Programme – providing strategic advice to the Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi and Health Secretary Matt Hancock. He was also Chief Press Officer to the Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty and Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Professor Jonathan Van Tam. Prior to his role at the Department of Health, Jaber reported for the Mail on Sunday before taking on communications roles in the Cabinet Office and Department for Transport.

His appointment as Associate Director follows in the footsteps of Isabelle Scali, previously Global Corporate Communications Director at ViiV, who joined the team in October last year.

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Louise Farmer added:

“The vitality of communications in healthcare has never been more visible – in an increasingly noisy and polarised landscape, making complex information simple and engaging so that it is heard by the people that count is vital for our clients. ENGINE MHP+Mischief are already delivering fantastic corporate and product comms across the health sector, and I’m excited to push our growth further without losing sight of the core need; to deliver campaign strategies that truly affect change on the ground.”

Jaber Mohamed said:

“I’m excited to join a team as prestigious as ENGINE MHP+Mischief at a time when healthcare communications has never been more important.

“My aim is to combine my strong communications experience and the agency’s unrivalled expertise in health policy to create compelling campaigns for patients and clients.”

MHP Mischief makes senior hire as Brand + Reputation team experiences strong growth

Posted on: May 5th, 2021 by Tomas White

Hannah’s appointment comes on the back of a successful eighteen months for the team since it was formed at the end of 2019 when it brought together MHP Mischief’s existing consumer and corporate teams to deliver an integrated offer.

During the last year the team has been appointed to several new mandates from E.ON, Samsung, HelloFresh, IWG, Global Roundtable for Sustainable Brief (GRSB) and Wine Drinkers UK as well as growing existing briefs with clients including TalkTalk.

MHP Mischief’s Brand + Reputation team was set up with the appointment of Rachel Bower in September 2019 and blends corporate and consumer expertise by combining corporate advisers, brand strategists, ex journalists and campaigning experts to help clients navigate an increasingly complex stakeholder environment.

Hannah joins the agency from ThreeSixty where she was Head of Reputation, working on clients including Compare the Market, De Beers, gohenry, Avanti Communications and Doctor Martens. Prior to this Hannah worked as an issues-management and reputation expert at H&K Strategies, working with clients including Shell, Intel, GSK, Givaudan, P&G, Mondelez and Associated British Foods.

Rachel Bower, MHP Mischief’s Head of Brand + Reputation, said:

“I’m delighted that Hannah has joined our team at such an exciting time. She brings with her a wealth of experience and a proven track record of advising clients with complex reputation challenges and leading integrated campaigns that reach consumers, business leaders and policy makers. Hannah’s appointment comes on the back of a number of hires across other levels in 2020 that support and accelerate our growth.”

Commenting on her new role, Hannah Walsh, Director said:

“The opportunity to join such an impressive team is a real privilege, given its breadth of expertise, disruptive approach and original offer. I look forward to bringing my integrated and cross-sector strategic communications experience to the table, working closely with the incredibly talented MHP Mischief clients and colleagues.”

The transformation of global pharma’s Government Affairs functions

Posted on: May 4th, 2021 by Tomas White

The relationship between governments and the pharma industry has been transformed since the pandemic began. In the race to control the virus, global Government Affairs teams have found themselves on the ‘virtual front line’ – collaborating with policymakers to support health systems to cope with unprecedented levels of demand, and accelerating the development of vaccines and treatments that will finally bring the pandemic under control.

The success of this collaboration provides an opportunity to build a positive long-term relationship between governments and the industry, but also presents two fundamental challenges for global Government Affairs leads.

The first is a challenge of prioritisation. The scale of the crisis health systems have experienced – and the breadth and depth of many companies’ expertise – has resulted in a large number of urgent requests for Government Affairs support. While many have come from external stakeholders, including above-country patient and healthcare professional groups, others have come from in-market business units working to understand the implications of rapidly-introduced changes to the design and delivery of healthcare. These urgent activities have often been delivered without additional headcount, requiring Government Affairs leads to adopt a laser focus on the projects that will have the biggest impact on policy and practice.

The second challenge is how to embrace the digital transformation of Government Affairs. A function that previously relied heavily on face-to-face interactions, Government Affairs has proved remarkably effective in the Zoom-era. Paradoxically, in some ways being apart has brought Government Affairs leads and the policy-making community closer than ever. Removing the need to travel has made it simpler to bring international stakeholders together, and the view into one another’s home lives during lockdown has humanised previously formal relationships. However, strategic digital approaches to Government Affairs are still in their infancy, particularly at above-market level, with companies often unclear about the most effective ways to identify and engage with policymakers online.

As we emerge from the pandemic, and industry leaders consider how to structure their businesses to meet the challenges of a post-COVID world, they will undoubtedly looking at the future of their global Government Affairs functions.

That is why we have established the ENGINE MHP International Government Affairs & Policy Network. The network is made up of Government Affairs leads in above-market roles, who often find themselves without the peer network that their in-market colleagues enjoy due to the international nature of their roles.

The network meets informally to provide a forum for global Government Affairs leads to share their insights and experiences on above-market policy-shaping. Future meetings will feature expert speakers on digital approaches to engaging with policymakers and understanding what policymakers expect from interactions with global pharma, in addition to broader conversations about demonstrating the value of Government Affairs and how global projects can drive change in-market.

The network is open to anyone in an above-market pharma Government Affairs role. If you would like to join a future meeting, please contact Nick Hoile, a Senior Director in our Health team.