Jessica Walsh

Jessica’s expertise lies in simplifying science and balancing positively transformative technology with humanity, equity and inclusion in healthcare. As H+K’s UK Health + Wellness lead, she combines her passion with making a difference where it matters, connecting people with quality, accessible information to make sense of decision-making.   

Originally from H+K’s New York office, having lead clients and teams across the UK and Europe for 15+ years, she has two decades of experience in global health communications and advocacy. In her work as an advisor to global health clients in the private and public sectors, Jessica champions her team’s ‘people not patients’ mindset and the need to keep health human-centred as data and technology transforms and our healthcare experience.     

Jessica has worked in HIV, anesthesia, multiple sclerosis and oncology across product and patient affairs portfolios. She leads H+K’s GSK team globally, and helps a range of clients communicate why innovation in areas like sickle cell disease, patient engagement and hearing technology are essential for Europe. 

Jess has served as a communications advisor to one of London’s largest public sector organisations, helping its management board deliver culture and organisational change.     

Jessica began her advocacy career as an HIV antibody testing advocate with Columbia University’s Health Advocacy Program. Jessica graduated from Wellesley College with honours in psychology and French. Fluent in French, she spent her post-graduate year teaching English at Sciences Po in Paris and interning at ABC News. In 2012, she co-wrote and produced the award-winning short film, Wild Horses.     

Jessica was part of the WPP Walk the Talk women’s leadership pilot and co-founded EquAll, H+K’s UK DE+I initiative. From 2020-2022 she has been in the PRWeek UK Power Book the Yahoo! and EmPower list of top 50 UK role models for diversity and inclusion in UK business. Her 2017 talk Can Creativity Keep Health Human? given at the H+K annual Creativity + the New Reality conference at Kings Place in London is available on YouTube.