Your Searchlight for Microbiome
Drug Development Success

Our purpose

Our mission is to help Searchlight members increase their business through a structured, positive and professional program that enables them to develop long-term, meaningful relationships with the most engaged stakeholders in key scientific communities. 



Searchlight gives life science leaders clarify to see where opportunity lies. Helping companies to move forward faster is at the heart of the network. 

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We are the custodians of the Microbiome Drug Development: Searchlight communities on behalf of our members; engaged in the constant pursuit of added value. 

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The quality of information is the difference between success and failure. Searchlight is the destination to find the latest information, trends and solutions impacting the Microbiome Drug Development industry. 

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Building strong relationships creates an environment of trust and support that yields opportunity, progress, partnership and meaning. 

Meet our team

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Gareth Pearce

Managing Director

Gareth established and is responsible for developing the strategic direction of the Searchlight business within Hanson Wade, ensuring continues to add demonstrable value to every member as it scales. Gareth has successfully built and grown information businesses in the US, Europe, Asia and the Middle East during a 20 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.

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Michelle Fanus-St Hill

Head of Member Delivery

Michelle develops and manages Searchlight within Hanson Wade and has a conference research and production career spanning 20+ years – designing and delivering events all over the world. She was a business owner and entrepreneur for 10 years, becoming a published and contributing author during that time and lecturing more than 300 students on Event Management degrees and several of her own private courses.

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Matthew Bray

Portfolio Development Director

Matt is responsible for delivering and developing current Searchlight Networks, in line with the goals of member companies and scientific communities at large. Matt’s commercially focused background includes experience in academic publishing as well as a Master’s degree in Bio-Business and undergraduate degree in Bioveterinary Science. Matt is passionate about the business of science and is also a keen Chicago Bulls fan.

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Ian Appleby

Divisional Head of Searchlight sales

Ian is a sales professional who has many years of experience delivering sales excellence training to teams in many varied sectors. This translates demonstrably into value for clients. He has a passion for sales methodologies which put the client at the centre of what we do. The companies he has worked for include Informa, EMAP, The Middle East Economic Digest and The Economist. He has travelled extensively with his work taking him across North Africa, the Gulf States and the Levant. He has launched, transitioned and re-designed many subscriptions business to bring them in line with the digital age.

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Jamie Redmond

Business Development Manager

Jamie is responsible for the expansion of networks in the life sciences sector, by engaging new members and portraying the multi-faceted layers of value that Searchlight has to offer. Through learning the challenges and frustrations individuals are dealing with in the industry, Jamie discovers the critical need of leaders in the field for this forum and assists them in the process of joining the Searchlight community. Jamie studied English Literature at the University of Birmingham, graduating in 2022. He joined Searchlight after working as a Delegate Sales Executive for five months at Hanson Wade - Conferences.

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Caylee Donaldson

Head of Marketing

Caylee joined Hanson Wade in 2022 to lead the new divisions marketing team responsible for Searchlight by Hanson Wade, Hanson Wade Intelligence, and free-to-attend events. Caylee is passionate about responsible marketing and creating strategic tactical plans designed to deliver real value to our communities, customers, and clients. Caylee graduated from the Institute of Data and Marketing with a level 7 post graduate diploma in data driven marketing.

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Charlotte Harrison

Senior Marketing Manager

Biography coming soon...

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George Nelson

Marketing Assistant

George graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2023 with an MA in Creative Writing, following an undergraduate degree in English Literature. She is excited to develop her strategic and analytical abilities as she assists in marketing the Searchlight networks. She practices taekwondo and enjoys reading about natural history in her free time.

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