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Executive Team

Senior Team


Andy Cook

Chief Data Products Officer

Andy joined Hanson Wade in 2016 to lead Hanson Wade’s development of business intelligence and data products. He brings a wealth of experience having created and developed business intelligence services with Thomson Reuters in life sciences, GlobalData plc in risk management and Euromoney plc in asset management. After gaining an undergraduate degree in Physics and Chemistry, Andy switched to cancer research for his post-graduate studies.

Curtis Dingley

Director of Beacon Sales

Curtis joined Hanson Wade in 2012 as part of the company’s first graduate intake program. Working in the sponsorship team for the past six years, he has been part of the team that helped to establish World ADC as the leading event portfolio in its respective field. In addition to working closely with our clients, he has helped to implement and train a consistent sales methodology and process across the business, while helping to grow and manage the sponsorship department. Most recently, he has transitioned to leading sales for Beacon, our business intelligence and subscriptions business unit.


Daniel Ruddock

Director of Event Sales

Dan joined Hanson Wade as a Sales Manager in 2012, after completing a Business Studies degree, and is now the Director of Sponsorship Sales. Dan is responsible for the strategic growth of the sponsorship sales team, improving results, capability and processes. His passion lies in training & development, to continuously improve sales competency and provide career progression opportunities.

Darren Francis

Chief Financial Officer

Darren joined Hanson Wade in January 2010 and is the company’s Chief Financial Officer.  He is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA), having qualified with Royal & Sun Alliance, a FTSE 100 company, where he spent the first 17 years of his career. Prior to joining Hanson Wade he has held senior finance roles at F&C Asset Management, PLUS Markets Group, where he was CFO and a member of the Executive Board and The Phoenix Group.


Fiona Mistri

Managing Director

Fiona Mistri graduated from UCL with an MSc in Conservation Biology. In 2014, she joined Hanson Wade as a Life Sciences Conference Producer and is now a Portfolio Director overseeing multiple brands including World ADC and Fibrosis. She is really passionate about helping young, ambitious, conference producers develop their skills.

Gareth Pearce

Managing Director, LEAP

Gareth established and is responsible for developing the LEAP business within Hanson Wade.  LEAP helps change how HR works in the world's most forward-thinking companies. Gareth has successfully built and grown information businesses in the US, Europe, Asia and the Middle East during a 15 year entrepreneurial career. He holds a first class degree in Politics and earned a postgraduate Certificate in International Business Practice from the Mountbatten Institute in New York.


Hannah McCulloch

Chief Marketing Officer

Hannah has been managing marketing teams and projects in the conference industry since 2003.

During her career she has focussed on process, analysis and strategy development. She joined the team in 2016 from i2i events group where she had been Head of Marketing for the large sale conference division. Hannah graduated from the University of the West of England with a first-class honours degree in marketing.

Jack Parker

Managing Director

Jack joined Hanson Wade in 2015 and kick-started the Advancing Construction portfolio, one of the leading providers of AEC conferences in North America. Jack takes pride in identifying brand new product opportunities and building platforms that promote collaboration and digitalization within the construction sector. He graduated from Cardiff University with a Masters in Civil & Environmental Engineering in 2013.


James Eslea MacDonald

Director of Intelligence Products

James joined Hanson Wade in 2009 after completion of his Masters degree in Biochemistry at the University of Sheffield. Having started as a Conference Producer, James is now Managing Director and Joint-Head of Life Sciences specialising in drug discovery and therapeutic R&D conferences. In addition to validating new topic angles and market opportunities, he is passionate about building the internal process and infrastructure to support the product strategy of Primary Insight, First.

Laura May

Director of Event Operations

Laura has been managing event professionals to deliver conferences and exhibitions globally for 9 years and joined Hanson Wade 2015. During her career she has lived in Holland and Australia and has been at the forefront of delivery on numerous global conferences.  She brings wealth of delivery expertise with her.  She is passionately focussed on process, customer experience and strategic meetings management. 


Liam Wainwright

Director of Delegate Acquisition

Liam joined Hanson Wade & the Delegate Sales team in 2014 after graduating from the University of Lincoln with a degree in management. Having started as a Delegate Sales Executive, Liam now heads up the Delegate Sales function and is responsible for delivering Hanson Wades commercial goals, leading and providing direction to the sales team and the development of salespeople.

Matthew Turner

Chief Event Product Officer

Matthew Turner, Chief Conference Product Officer, graduated from Nottingham University with a degree in Biology in 2010 and joined Hanson Wade in 2013. With a mandate to identify emerging sectors within the life science, and more recently Agriculture industries, Matthew specialises in novel topic generation, commercial event validation and portfolio development of existing and future brands. He continues to nurture and train the next generation of conference producer and is responsible for the strategic growth and product quality of life science conferences. 


Phil Clark

Chief Operating Officer

Phil joined Hanson Wade in 2014 as the Commercial Director. Phil brought 15 years of sales leadership experience to the business where he had specialised in building large, high performing sales departments. Initially tasked with growing the capability of the sponsorship sales function his remit expanded to include delegate sales in January 2016. He now works in the senior team as the Chief Commercial Officer and is responsible for setting and executing Hanson Wade’s commercial strategy.

Sam Sarwar

Director of CDx Engage

Sam joined Hanson Wade in 2014 bringing 15 years of commercial experience to the business.

Initially Sam grew the World CDx Conferences which now form the core of a broader Biomarker Diagnostics events portfolio.

Through this work, she identified an opportunity to support the needs of the community further. She successfully launched a client led solution which we now call CDx Engage. This platform affords clients the opportunity to have targeted meetings with their potential commercial partners.

Sam is now Director of CDx Engage with a remit to scale the Engage approach across the business.

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Shaksita Desai

Managing Director

Shaksita is the Portfolio Director for the Cell and Viral Immunotherapy group of events including the successful CAR-TCR event series. She received her BMedSci from the University of Birmingham in 2013 and has a background in scientific research focused on regenerative medicine particularly the use of stem cells to treat cancer. Having joined Hanson Wade in 2013 her focus is currently on expanding, building and nurturing conference production and validation skills both her own and for her growing team.

Tom Richardson

Chief Executive Officer

Tom joined Hanson Wade in 2009 as one of the first full time hires. Having graduated from Emmanuel College, Cambridge with a degree in history, he was responsible for marketing of the first Hanson Wade events and built the foundation of the company’s technology platform.  Tom now holds the role of CEO with a focus on product quality, company culture and scalable process. His priority is building a first class team and giving them the best opportunity to produce outstanding results.