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New Executive Board Role at Synergy Vision as Growth Drives Transition from Small to Medium-Sized Enterprise

New Executive Board Role at Synergy Vision as Growth Drives Transition

from Small to Medium-Sized Enterprise


Independent med comms specialist Synergy Vision is augmenting its executive board to support continued business growth, adding the role of Chief Operating Officer (COO) and recruiting internally to fill the post of Managing Director (MD).


With effect from January 2021, former MD Eileen Gallagher takes on the role of COO, with a clear focus on operational excellence to support ambitious growth targets. Gallagher is part of the founding team that developed Synergy Vision from inception in 2009.


Karine Henderson is appointed Managing Director, remaining client facing and continuing to build Synergy Vision’s strategic and creative offerings. Henderson was previously Director of Medical Strategy, having joined just over one year ago with over 20 years’ healthcare communications experience, across both client and agency settings. Her expertise in strategic planning and communications straddles a diverse range of therapy areas and brands across the product lifecycle. She is passionate about driving better patient experience and outcomes and is excited about the new opportunities that lie ahead.


Ffyona Dawber, Chief Executive Officer and Synergy Vision founder comments: “This new structure allows us to continue our growth plans over the next five years.  2020 has been challenging but allowed our team to innovate and find new ways to deliver for our clients whilst continuing to grow. I feel confident with our plans to develop the company and take Synergy Vision to the next level, and I am delighted to have such and esteemed senior team to take us on the next step in our journey.”


Eileen Gallagher, Chief Operating Officer, explains: “With continued growth, more employees and an increasingly diverse client base this Executive team will allow us to hone our focus. In turn, this will help us to maintain the Synergy Vision people-focused ethos and to continue to deliver the difference for clients.”


Also on the Executive Board, Ffyona Dawber remains as Chief Executive Officer, Sorcha Ferris is Chief Commercial Officer driving global strategy and delivery and Kirsty McAinsh is Chief Financial Officer.


The team is supported by two non-executive directors:


Vonnie Alexander, founder of executive and leadership coaching company I am, has over 20 years marketing services experience working with a raft of blue-chip clients for agencies including Bates/ 141 Communications, Carlson Marketing and RAPP (WWAV Rapp Collins). She also co-founded Kitcatt Nohr which later sold to Publicis.


Barry Dawber, Sales and Marketing Director, Geary's Bakeries Ltd, and previously commercial director at one of Europe's biggest manufacturers of retailer own brand household and personal care goods, brings a fresh perspective to the Executive Board through his knowledge of the FMCG arena.


About Synergy Vision

Now in its 13th year, SV has over 60 staff across offices in London, Dublin and Sydney and provides strategic communications support and medical education programmes for clients across Europe, North and South America and the Asia-Pacific region.


The agency prides itself on being the partner that clients can trust – striving to build lasting relationships by exceeding expectations, maintaining high levels of professionalism, and being honest and transparent every step of the way.


SV has an unusually team-focused ethos, promoting diversity in the workplace, a positive work-life balance and excellence in delivering for clients, including initiatives such as its four-day working week, a bespoke development scheme for industry first-timers as well as its programme to catapult mid-level managers to senior positions.


Regular staff surveys benchmark wellbeing and inform business development and an environment that supports all and drives innovation.


Multiple accolades going back to 2010 recognise individuals and the company. These most recently include  Investors in People platinum accreditation, placing it in the top two per cent of UK companies and number one it its sector; top-three ranking across all industries for Best Small Workplace assessed by Great Place to Work® and Management Today’s Inspiring Women in Business’ Flexible Working Initiative of the Year Award for the 4-day week introduced in 2018.


For further information go to or contact:

Eileen Gallagher, Chief Operating Officer, Synergy Vision

T: 020 7625 0050

M: 07811 738307


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Last Updated: 06-Jan-2021