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Helen Newman


Helen Newman

Healthcare Director at KVA

My work philosophy:

'You don't have to see the whole staircase, just to take the first step' 'Be prompt, interested and listen'

My Roles and Responsibilities

I currently work as Healthcare Director at KVA. KVA is a progressive, dynamic, communications agency that has a strong digital capability. Responsibilities in my role, include guiding teams on healthcare issues, strategy and solutions, presenting to potential clients and helping to develop new and relevant concepts.


My career history is pretty varied. I started out my career as a forensic scientist which is where my interest lay. I had through out my degrees worked to earn money, and took a one off promotional project from a company called Gilson. Gilson manufactured and marketed laboratory equipment. My first full time job was working in a forensic pathology unit as a researcher which I resigned from to take a job with Gilson. After 4 years as a rep and 1 year of marketing ,I moved to a publishing company as wanted to work more closely with drug companies. I then learned much more about the pharmaceutical industry and the role of healthcare promotion. I applied for a role as an account manfer and stayed with that company for 9.5 years, an have remained within the communications industry ever since in a number of different companies. Communications allows me to combine my scientific interest with the creatvie side of the business.

Why am I on Connect?

Having been to Quest, I was fascinated to see how people can shine with constructive help and guidance, both with potential careers and development of concepts. Also having experienced a number of different jobs, some of which I didn't know of until I came across them, I think its important for people to understand that your career is usually a journey and you never know where the next connection/ experience can take you.

Whom would I like to mentor?

I'm looking to mentor science graduates and/or individuals interested in design/digital.

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