Walter Searancke, Kaumātua
To bring such guidance and support to Communio whānau is valuable to help them grow, embracing language and Tikanga both personally and for the organisation.
2 November 2020
2 November 2020
Kirsty Vercoe joined Communio in March 2020.
Kirsty originally trained and worked as a pharmacist in New Zealand in the retail and hospital setting before she headed overseas in 2007, to explore professional career opportunities and travel outside of New Zealand. She spent 4 years working in the London office for Celgene, a US based biopharmaceutical company. Here she developed her experience in Medical Information, Drug Safety, Clinical Trial oversight and Medical Affairs, working within medical teams developing and bringing to market oncology and haematology drugs.
Since returning to New Zealand in 2011, she has worked for GlaxoSmithKline in their New Zealand head office, before leaving to establish the New Zealand business for Celgene Ltd. Her work at Celgene included working with PHARMAC to achieve market availability for these haematology and oncology drugs and supporting their use in New Zealand.
Kirsty was looking to expand her experience outside pharmacy and the pharmaceutical industry when she saw an opportunity at Communio, and brings her wider healthcare experience, and commercial and strategic acumen to the team.
She is relishing the challenge of a different sector and bringing a different angle to the Communio business having worked across pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies, and District Health Boards.
When not working at Communio, among other things Kirsty sits on the board of Coeliac New Zealand and works closely with the Medical Advisory panel delivering outcomes for Coeliac’s in New Zealand along with having three young daughters to keep her busy.