Sorcha Ferris, SVRX's Managing Director and Synergy Vision’s Client Services Director, is one of just four finalists industry‐wide nominated for Communiqué Emerging Leader in Healthcare 2014.

Judges shortlisted Sorcha after colleagues and clients joined forces to enter her, recognising the skill, energy and enthusiasm that she harnesses to deliver the difference in her leadership role at Synergy‐ Vision. The Emerging Leader category is new to the Communiqué Awards, which annually commend excellence and best practice in healthcare communications. It will recognise ‘outstanding, exceptional emerging leaders … who have made great strides to date and have the potential to [contribute further] at a very senior level to the organisations they represent and the industry overall’.  

Ffyona Dawber, Managing Director and Founder of Synergy Vision, comments: “Sorcha is a powerhouse of enthusiasm and expertise, who embodies our company values. She has packed more into two decades than many peers would hope to in a career‐lifetime and, like many of the Synergy Vision team, she has relevant pharma company experience that gives her an edge when she is working with clients to deliver the difference. What takes her to another level is her natural talent for leadership and she commands respect and results from clients and colleagues alike and consistently inspires and engages the Synergy Vision team to support their ongoing development.  

“Commercially, in addition to her role as Client Services Director for Synergy Vision, Sorcha’s clear vision, direction and hard work has seen her take sister company Synergy Vision Rx in Ireland from a standing start in 2011 to a turnover of €187k in the past 12 months alone.  “SVRx is the first specialist medical communications agency in Ireland and Sorcha has also gone beyond the day job, mentoring PhD graduates and working towards establishing medical writing as a career option there.   “The competition is stiff and we are all on tenterhooks, waiting to see if Sorcha achieves the recognition she deserves with a win on the 3rd July!”

Dawber concludes. “What I admire most about Sorcha is how quickly she makes an impact on every project she touches. Explains Kasia Szczepanska, Takeda, Global Marketing, Respiratory 2010‐2014; now Amgen, Senior Marketing Manager, Europe, and a client for over four years.   “Sorcha brings energy and creativity to projects, integrates herself seamlessly into our team and adds value to every project from the outset.” says Szczepanska. Sorcha also scores highly in internal 360° reviews, which give respondents anonymity to ensure an honest response. Synergy Vision colleagues report that she is a ‘great sounding board for advice and happy to help out wherever needed’ and ‘a pleasure to work with, with great leadership skills, an open door and a positive attitude to making sure every project is completed to the highest possible standard’.   The finalists for Emerging Leader in Healthcare 2014 are Sorcha Ferris, Synergy Vision; Jessica Fine, Lexington Health; Matt Lowe, Red Door Communications and Jon Spiers, Just:: Health Communications. The Communiqué Awards 2014 will be announced on the evening of Thursday, 3 July 2014.