Meet the Team

The Board

Miriam DERVAN

Executive Chair

I established mdevents in 2002 with a focus on pharmaceutical meetings, and have since grown the business from a one-person operation to an organisation with over 80 employees and offices in three continents. 


 

Tarquin SCADDING-HUNT

Chief Executive Officer

Over the past 20 years I’ve managed a number of international event agencies, producing some amazing healthcare, corporate and live events throughout the world. When I’m not working I love French Culture and breeding rare chickens. My favourite city is Vienna because of its beautiful architecture and it also happens to be where I met my wife! If I weren’t working for mdgroup I’d be exploring another remote part of the world; Machu Picchu in Peru is first on my list.

James MCCANN

Chief Financial Officer

I bring a wealth of experience to mdgroup with a background in technology and service companies. As the chief financial director, I’ve helped to turn companies around, shape strategy and manage key client and partner relationships. I love the variety my job brings and being part of a great team. If I wasn’t working for mdgroup, I’d like to spend my days reading or honing my cookery and golf skills. What many people don’t know about me is that I used to be dab hand at throwing my opponents in judo too

Jean EDWARDS

Non-Exec Director

Jean obtained a bachelor’s degree from the University of Hertfordshire in Applied Biology and has over 30 years experience of working for the pharmaceutical industry. 


During her career, she has worked primarily for two pharmaceutical companies.

Leadership Team

LaQuinta JERNIGAN

Senior Director, Business Development

Event planning has been my life for the last ten years. I’ve worked in various positions largely in the high tech and life sciences industries managing events, coordinating projects and developing new business. What many people don’t know is that when I lived in Illinois, I owned and managed a dance studio. I still love the US and my favourite city is actually Yountville in California.

Leah GYNGELL

Director, Project Management

I’ve wanted to work in the event industry all my life, and since graduating I’ve worked in the Banking, Law and Pharmaceutical sectors producing some great events for amazing clients. Many people don’t know that I have an identical twin, but we can’t read each other’s minds unfortunately. If I was not working for mdgroup, I would love to run a little boutique B&B in the beautiful Cornish countryside.

Valeria NICOLI

Patient and Retention Services Director

I love building up businesses and bringing ideas to life. Prior to working at mdgroup, I’ve worked in business development for a number of pharmaceutical companies. My responsibilities included establishing and sustaining the growth of new business in the Clinical Research Industry. I have a real passion for life science industries and am delighted to put that into good use at mdgroup.

Lucy MALIN

HR Manager

HR is in my blood. I’ve been working in the field for more than 20 years and six of those have been within the life science sector. When I’m not working I love to be out there exploring the world. I own a 1968 VW campervan and there is nothing better than heading off on an adventure through Europe.


The continent has so much to offer and while I’m a big fan of France and Belgium, especially their waffles, I think Yosemite National Park is the most incredible place I’ve visited so far. India is still on my bucket list and I’m sure I’ll make it there – although maybe not in the campervan!