Meet the Team

  • Ben Pearce

    Ben Pearce

    Co-Founder & Director

    Direct Dial: +44(0)203 8544601

    Mobile: +44(0)77929 55245


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    Ben is an accomplished leader and recruiter in the Life Science industry.

    With over 7 years experience of recruiting in HEOR and Market Access, Ben has also led teams across Europe and North America in Clinical Development, Medical affairs, Quality Assurance, Regulatory and Commercial strategy.

    Throughout his career, Ben has built strong relationships with companies ranging from start up Biotech’s to Fortune 500 businesses and everything in between.

    His particular speciality is helping Consulting companies grow out their Commercial divisions.

    Commenting on why he launched Apsida, Ben said ‘Jamie, Michael and I felt there was a huge gap in the market for real expertise in the industry, which sounds crazy given the amount of companies there are. We felt that with our deep experience across 3 major verticals, we were well placed to offer a service that clients and candidates deserve without it costing the earth. We’re also lucky enough to share similar views on how business should be conducted and that’s why we’re building Apsida based on core values of professionalism, honesty and integrity’.

  • Michael Georgiadis

    Michael Georgiadis

    Co-Founder & Director

    Direct Dial: +44(0)203 854 4602

    Mobile: +44(0)7540 120109


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    Michael, our very own native Greek, holds 6 years of experience recruiting within the Life Science industry. His focus throughout that time has been in supporting organisations across a variety of the industries sectors, building out their Sales & Business Development teams in both Europe and North America. In addition, Michael is an accomplished leader, having managed and developed award winning recruitment divisions in his previous employment.

    “Apsida means ‘Arch’ in Greek, and by definition this is symbolic of a supportive and stable structure. Collectively, we’re striving to provide companies in the Life Science industry from top to bottom, the stability and support they need, in order to achieve their goals”.

  • Jamie Salmon

    Jamie Salmon

    Co-Founder & Director

    Direct Dial: +44(0)203 854 4603

    Mobile: +44(0)7969 028849


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    Jamie is a successful Life Science recruitment leader having developed experienced consultants in multiple markets across the industry.

    Holding 7 years’ recruitment experience mostly partnering small to medium sized Biotechnology, Diagnostic, Medical Device, CRO & Pharmaceutical companies, Jamie’s core expertise lies in recruiting leadership teams across Clinical Operations, Clinical Development, Medical Affairs & Project Management with a focus on supporting Oncology drug discovery & development organisations.

    His core market expertise covers the UK, Switzerland, Germany and North America.

    When asked about what the future holds, Jamie said: “First of all, I would like to comment on our past. Ben, Michael & I are extremely proud of how far we have come in such a short space of time. We have made some superb hires that compliment our service offering & add to our amazing culture, we couldn’t be happier! We’re building a business based on three key principles; professionalism, honesty and integrity. These principles hold the key to a successful recruitment process. The future? To build an entrepreneurial, adult recruiting environment which our employees are proud of. It’s just the beginning”

  • Paul Bromwich

    Paul Bromwich

    Investment Director
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    Paul has over 23 years experience of working in the recruitment sector and has developed organically some of the largest brands in the sector. Having started as a recruitment consultant in 1998, Paul took the experience he had gained of recruiting into the public sector and established his first recruitment business in 2000. The business successfully grew to the largest provider of qualified social workers in the UK and was successfully sold to a competitor in 2006.

    Paul continued to partner with the recruitment industry, and successfully assisted several recruitment businesses during challenging stages of their development before setting up another recruitment group 10 years ago. Paul now focuses his time on developing the group of companies and investing in new ones. On a practical level, this takes the form of offering board-level guidance, support, and coaching to the management team in Apsida whilst ensuring the business operates in a risk-free and compliant way.

  • Roop Panjwani

    Roop Panjwani

    Chief Financial Officer
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    Roop joined the group as CFO & COO in September 2020. Through his visionary approach, he has added a new dimension to the board. He has brought a wealth of expertise and streamlined the Group’s corporate, financial and operational capability through a centralised SSC model for Finance and Operations. A qualified Chartered Accountant and after spending 14 successful years with Deloitte and EY, Roop made a move into the recruitment industry at the start of 2012. Over nine years, Roop has held a number of senior finance and leadership roles at FTSE listed and private equity-backed businesses, including SThree plc, nGAGE Specialist Recruitment and Ignata Ltd.

    Amongst other things, Roop’s strengths lie in helping the recruitment groups expand internationally and setting up cost-effective and efficient back-office solutions for finance and operations (HR, IT, marketing). He creates a scalable, plug-and-play model whereby any incubators or acquired recruitment businesses can be added to the group’s current infrastructure within no time.

    Roop enjoys travelling, playing sports, spending time with his twins, and is quite involved with some charity projects.

  • Vanessa Lloyd

    Vanessa Lloyd

    Office Manager

    Direct Dial: +44(0)203 854 4600


    Vanessa joins Apsida with a huge passion for working with people. Throughout her 7 years of experience within customer/client-focused and office management roles, Vanessa has built a strong reputation for excellence and will play an important role in the day-to-day running of the business.


  • Charlotte Phillips

    Charlotte Phillips

    Associate Consultant

    Direct Dial: +44(0)203 854 4600


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    Charlotte joins Apsida with a huge passion for working with people, and brings a wealth of interpersonal skills and sales experience from over 7 years in retail management and going on to owning her own business.

    As an Associate Consultant in our Clinical division, Charlotte’s drive for success combined with her high resilience and determination makes for an exciting future in the business.

  • Alex Coppen

    Alex Coppen

    Business Manager, Clinical & Medical

    Direct Dial: +44(0)203 854 4605

    Mobile: +44(0)7825 635771


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    Alex is a Senior Recruitment Consultant with over 4 years of experience placing top industry talent in the Clinical and Medical industry. His expertise is focused around making mid-level to senior management placements however also has capabilities to hire more junior talent such as Clinical Research Associates and MSLs.  Alex has experience collaborating with a variety of companies ranging from large multinationals to small start-ups such as biotech, pharma, CRO, medical devices or diagnostics companies and due to his deep networks in candidate communities, he has access to very specific and hard to find talent.

    Throughout his career, Alex has successfully appointed talent using a variety of search methodologies such as Retained, Contingent Search and Contract/Interim, meaning he can tailor his services depending on your needs. He has also conducted large, global searches and has appointed talent in the US, UK and Europe for his clients.

  • Ethan Cortese

    Ethan Cortese

    Business Manager, Regulatory & Quality

    Direct Dial: +44(0)203 854 4606

    Mobile: +44(0)7837 909999


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    Ethan Cortese leads our Regulatory and Quality recruitment activities across the UK, US, EU. He has over 4 years’ experience placing at all levels of seniority with a niche for finding Mid-Level to Senior Leadership appointments. He has collaborated with a number of smaller organisations to help find their first Regulatory/Quality hire as a business and is well experienced at upscaling teams within businesses when they expand. Ethan is a diligent head-hunter that works across both retained and contingent search solutions utilising his deep network in candidate communities. He partners with Pharmaceutical, Biotech and Medical Device companies.

  • Antonia Heater

    Antonia Heater

    Research analyst

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    Toni joined Apsida with 1 years previous experience in HEOR, Market Access and Commercial Strategy.

    Having enjoyed huge success in her past, Toni adds yet another dynamic to our expanding team. Her role is to work alongside our leadership team to introduce the best candidates in the market for our open positions.

    Toni uses her research expertise to identify industry trends, map out geographies, plan target audiences and produce reports for our clients to highlight the level of detail which goes into each search.

    Toni’s intelligence, determination, and organisation mean she plays a pivotal role in our success as a business and is a huge component in our future plans.

  • William Penticost

    William Penticost

    Senior Consultant, Clinical

    Direct Dial: +44(0)203 854 4604

    Mobile: +44(0)7557 509108


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    William is one of our Senior Consultant’s in the Clinical & Medical team. He has over 4 years’ experience and boasts an impressive track record of filling difficult positions from junior to senior level across Clinical Operations, Development, R&D, Medical Affairs and Project Management. William’s core focus is with small to mid-sized Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, Medical Device and CRO organisations offering the search methods of Retained Assignments, Contingent, Freelance and Executive Search.

    William is known by his network for being fast, courteous and having an excellent knowledge of the market.

    This places him perfectly to provide the service our clients and candidates deserve.

  • Joseph Johnson

    Joseph Johnson

    Business Manager, Commercial

    Direct Dial: +44(0)203 854 4607

    Mobile: +44(0)7730 269 641


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    Joseph is a Senior Consultant with over 4 years of experience in the Commercial area of the Life Science industry. He has been responsible for placing first class talent ranging from mid tier to senior management appointments including CCO’s. Earlier in his career, Joseph also had exposure to the Clinical industry, giving him a wider understanding of the Life Science chain as a whole.

    Joseph’s core focus encompasses a unique blend of service providers including Pre-Clinical and Clinical Research Organisations, Contract, Development & Manufacturing Organisations and Life Science Software companies. Having developed this sharp focus over the years, Joseph has been able to justify himself as having an inch wide and mile deep network for exclusive talent within these specialist fields.

    Due to Joseph’s long lasting relationships, his methodology for success has included retained, contingent and interim assignments; all of which are carefully discussed to cater for each clients’ specific need. He has conducted large Global searches for many of his clients and has been attentive to both the European and US continents, with a focus on the UK, France, BeNeLux, Nordic and DACH regions.

  • Jordan Mackenzie

    Jordan Mackenzie

    Consultant, Clinical

    Direct Dial: +44(0)203 8544613

    Mobile: +44(0)7903 046492


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    After huge success in 2020, Jordan has begun climbing the ranks at Apsida and now sits as a specialist Consultant in our Clinical team.

    Focusing on Patient Recruitment & Engagement, Clinical Operations, Clinical Development, Project Management and R & D in both Europe and the US, Jordan adds yet more weight to our exciting and hugely experienced team.

  • Lamek Ogwal

    Lamek Ogwal

    Consultant, Commercial

    Direct Dial: +44(0)203 8544610

    Mobile: +44(0)7999 485 788


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    Lamek is one of our highly specialist Commercial Consultants at Apsida.

    His area of expertise is focused primarily on the CRO space providing clients with proposals and contracts managers and BD Managers / Directors.

    Having studied acting and travelled the world, he has gained life experience that bring new dynamics to Apsida.

    He brings charisma, confidence and energy which will has seen him reap rewards in his first few months and we are all excited about his future in the business.

  • Vishal Desor

    Vishal Desor

    Consultant, Medical affairs

    Direct Dial: +44(0)203 854 4609

    Mobile: +44(0)7889 976971


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    Specialising in Medical Affairs, Vishal’s expertise lies within understanding the full picture of an organisation and being able to identify the right piece to the puzzle in the forever-developing world of Medical. His hiring experience ranges from Medtech to traditional drug development, small Biotech’s entering commercial stages to large pharmaceutical companies with extensive pipelines.

    Vishal’s interpersonal skills and attention to detail make him a pleasure to work with and an exciting member of the team.

  • Tom Jacobson

    Tom Jacobson

    Senior Consultant, Commercial eClinical

    Direct Dial: +44(0)2038543905

    Mobile: +44(0)7850957583


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    After 2+ successful years working in the European eClinical space, Tom has joined our Commercial team looking to continue to make top tier placements across Europe and the US.

    Speaking with Tom on his first day with Apsida, he said

    ‘Given the business’ outstanding reputation and emphasis on quality, my decision to make the transition was an easy one. If you are looking to add to your team or move into a senior leadership role contact me for a confidential conversation.’

    We’re very excited to see Tom flourish with us.

  • Jon Orsbourn

    Jon Orsbourn

    Consultant, Market Access & Commercial Strategy

    Direct Dial: +44(0)203 854 4600


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    Jon has flourished during his first few months with Apsida and after securing promotion from our academy in August 2021, he has continued to make a multitude of placements in the Market Access and Commercial Strategy space.

    Having lived and worked in a multitude of continents including Australia/Oceania and North America, Jon brings extensive rapport-building skills alongside a natural drive for success.

    Coming from a background in high-end hospitality and over 4 years of experience in sales he is joining a specialist team providing exceptional service which his clients are already experiencing for themselves.

    Jon’s network is already incredibly strong, having focused on a very tight niche which is seeing him reap the rewards and will continue to do so.

  • Samuel Rodriguez

    Samuel Rodriguez

    Research Associate

    Direct Dial: +44(0)203 854 4608


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    As a Graduate from the University of Portsmouth with a 2:1 in Spanish and Latin American Studies in 2019, Sam has developed strong research skills. Additionally, with a wealth of experience within the hospitality industry both in the UK and abroad, he has generated a true passion to work with people. With Spanish as his second language and having lived in Europe, Central and South America, Sam has developed the necessary skills and characteristics to excel as an Apsida Research Associate.

    As an Apsida Research Associate his key areas of focus include:

    – Clinical Development: Physicians, Medical Directors, VP Clinical Development, Chief Medical Officers
    – Clinical Operations: CRAs, Clinical Project Managers, Directors/VPs/Heads of
    – Translational (IND to FIH): Director Translational Science, Head of Pre-Clinical Development, Development Director

    Sam will be working vacancies across the US, Europe and the UK for various companies such as small Biotechnology companies, large Pharmaceutical companies, CRO’s/Vendors and Medical Device companies.

  • Lewis Sharp

    Lewis Sharp

    Research Associate

    Direct Dial: +44(0)203 854 4612


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    During his time studying at the University of Nottingham, Lewis developed strong research skills. When combined with his passionate and determined nature, it sets him on course to be an expert in the field of Life Science recruitment as an Apsida research associate. Lewis works closely with Joseph and specialises in the commercial arena within service providers such as CRO’s & CDMO’s across Europe and North America.

    He has also recently Graduated from the University of Nottingham with a 2:1 in Politics and International Relations in 2021.

  • Will Worsfold

    Will Worsfold

    Research Associate

    Direct Dial: +44(0)203 854 2495


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    Will is a Regulatory Affairs & CMC recruitment specialist, his main goal is to support people within the Regulatory Affairs industry find their next career move.

    Will’s main focus will be supporting on vacancies for a range of Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices companies across Europe.

    His work ethic, determination and drive for success make for an exciting future in the business.

  • Mark Denman

    Mark Denman

    Associate Consultant

    Direct Dial: +44(0)203 854 2405


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    Mark is one of our specialist Associate Consultants here at Apsida.

    Specialising in recruiting senior-level Business Development professionals with a keen eye for placing the right individuals with the correct companies for their personalities.

    Having worked in various roles and industries over the previous years, Mark brings an exciting and vibrant personality to Apsida Life Science which we are keen to watch grow over the coming years.