Mike Holland graduated in physiology and biochemistry before starting a career in medical publishing, working on a range of academic and news based publications. In 1997 he became a freelance medical and health care writer/editor, working with professional organisations, pharmaceutical and public relations companies, medical education agencies and charities, preparing materials for healthcare professionals, patients and the media. He has written several books, many monographs and is the originating author of more than 45 articles published in peer reviewed journals.
He began working in haemophilia in 2009 and the following year established haemnet.com, a professional network for nurses and health care professionals who treat people with haemophilia and inherited bleeding disorders.
Through Haemnet, he runs the annual conference of the Haemophilia Nurses Association, as well as a growing range of haemophilia-specific and professional development training courses. He is also the Managing Editor of The Journal of Haemophilia Practice (www.haemjournal.com), the open-access, online journal for haemophilia care professionals launched by Haemnet in 2014.
Sandra Dodgson is a strategic development specialist with a track record of working with groups to achieve shared purposes that make a real difference for the people who use and deliver services. Most recently, she was the strategic development director at Bridge Mental Health, a charity that supports people to achieve greater independence and mental wellbeing. As a member of the executive team, she contributed significantly to its growth and led on development of the service user led recovery college based in the local community.
She has also worked in the Department of Health supporting ‘policy into practice’, the third sector in drug and alcohol services, and has successfully run her own consultancy business, advising charities, central government departments, local councils and national professional bodies. Sandra also works in her own local community facilitating local voices to be heard by the local council and other statutory / governing bodies. She is also a published author of various articles on ‘values’ and ‘governance’ within and across organisations.
After studying Biology at the University of Southampton, Luke went on to work within the health and medical communications sector. Before joining Haemnet as Communications Officer, Luke worked freelance providing communications consultancy, qualitative research, writing, speaking and videography services to a variety of professional organisations in the bleeding disorders area. He is an active patient advocate having worked and volunteered extensively with a network of patient groups within the UK, Europe and globally. Luke specialises in creating content for the online and social media environment, and is passionate about using storytelling to increase education and engagement. In his free time you’ll likely find him with camera in hand taking photos, creating videos and honing his editing skills.