Your Searchlight for
Life Science HR Success

Our purpose

Our mission is to help Searchlight members solve critical R&D challenges through a structured, positive and professional program that enables them to develop long-term, meaningful relationships with those facing, or who have faced the same issues, ultimately creating a unique group that pulls in the same direction for cancer patients.

Increased dialogue between industry leaders aims to illuminate the pros and cons of each or our distinct approaches and identify if is there any combination that might offer a better solution.

LEAP CHRO: Searchlight | Core Values, Clarity


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



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



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 Life Sciences HR industry. 



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

Don't just take our word for it...

Sally Paull, Chief Human Resources Officer, Regeneron

“We’re all consumed 100 hours a week with the demands of our roles. We just don’t have time to individually build relationships with peers. But one of the reasons Searchlight brings me so much value is because it allows me to work with brilliant people to tackle shared challenges together. I love that I can now pick up the phone and talk to my new network about what’s on my mind whenever I need to.”

Stephanie Franklin, Chief Human Resources Officer, Vertex

“Our long term flexwork strategy has been directly influenced by what we’ve heard our peers doing and thinking about in our Searchlight meetings, and at an even more granular level, we’ve picked up a number of examples of really useful specific language that we’ve heard others coining and applied it directly into our organization. It’s been so useful at such a challenging time for all of us.”

Martin Rexroad, Chief Culture & Community Officer, PTC Therapeutics

Searchlight gives me confidence that I’m heading in the right direction. I can use this network to affirm I’m on track and course correct where I need to. And just like a GPS, you don’t look at it the whole time when you’re driving, you check it from time to time. I don’t need a hundred thousand data points. I need the top thinkers in my industry, and those top thinkers have gravitated towards Searchlight.”

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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James Milburn

Senior Community Development Director

James’s life sciences experience begin by helping key opinion leaders network and share ideas around the application of cutting-edge technology, the pursuit of novel pharmacochemical pathways and the development of new drug modalities. Prior to Hanson Wade, James completed an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences and followed this up with an MSc in Human Nutrition. In his free time, he enjoys endurance running and all types of outdoor activities.


Grace Coogans

Network Development Lead

Following the completion of her degree in Nutritional Science at Newcastle University, Grace's career at Hanson Wade originally began in Delegate Sales. Grace have now moved over to Searchlight where she is responsible for establishing new members to join a range of our Expert Networks. Grace is keen to help current and future members drive progress within their work and connect with the leading minds within their industry’s and to ultimately get the most value possible from Searchlight Networks.

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