Over 14 years of industry experience
Over 24 years of personal experience
Melissa Holloway, founder of Speaking Diabetes, embarked on a career in the healthcare industry as a writer for Close Concerns in 2003. She worked in the global headquarters of Abbott Diabetes Care (Alameda, California) from December 2005 until September 2007, and moved to London to begin work at Datamonitor in October of that year. There she was a healthcare business consultant and analyst in immunology and inflammatory disease for two years. She joined TBWA\Paling Walters (now TBWA\WorldHealth London) as a medical copywriter in 2009. After 4 years with TBWA, she went freelance in 2014 and has worked with more than a dozen advertising agencies on a contract basis.
Melissa has collaborated on several journal articles and clinical guidelines in diabetes (see Publications). In her part-time role as Chief Adviser with INPUT Patient Advocacy, the UK charity supporting patient access to diabetes technology, Melissa advises and supports enquirers and works on policy issues. She is also a service user representative on the NHS London Diabetes Clinical Leadership Group and a volunteer for JDRF.
Melissa was born and raised in Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA. She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 12 in 1993. After graduating from Mary Baldwin College (now Mary Baldwin University; Staunton, Virginia) in 1999 (BA cum laude, with distinction in philosophy/religion, Phi Beta Kappa), she pursued a master’s in theology at The University of the South (Sewanee, Tennessee). Melissa continued her education at Oxford University, where she gained a master’s in historical research.
Melissa lives in central London with her husband and son.