EducationHighfields School, Matlock (1997-2005); University of Manchester (2005-2009 and 2009-2013)
QualificationsBSc Pharmacology and Physiology, PhD Cardiovascular Medicine
Work HistoryWorked in labs in University of Southern Denmark and at two German Pharma/Biotech companies.
Current JobHealthcare Public Relations in London
Syneos Health – a biopharmaceutical accelerator. I work in the PR division working across specific drugs and disease areas for pharmaceutical companies.
Favourite thing to do in my job: Pitching for new business. Its like The Apprentice, coming up with a communications plan for a new drug
About Me: I work in pharmaceutical PR in London and I love it! I love to travel and explore, ski, run and anything outdoors.
My Work: Pharmaceutical PR consultant
In my job, I get to work with a number of pharmaceutical and biotech companies across the world to help them talk about their drugs or disease areas.
We do things like talk about results from tests of drugs, disease awareness, work with patient groups and patients, internal communications, medical education and media engagement.
Its extremely varied and you could be working on a number of different drugs and diseases so you get to learn a lot of different things. We get to work on a lot of really interesting and cutting edge drugs and help to make a difference to patients.
My Typical Day: There is no typical day in PR!
Every day can be different. It is very exciting but we work long hours and often are away at medical meetings around the world, which is never 9-5.
In a quiet week, we will be working in the office, having calls with clients and writing materials such press releases, media answers or the script for a video about a disease. We could also be planning a big event and having brainstorms about how we will communicate things. We have a lot of meetings and a lot of deliverables to send each day so theres never a dull moment!
In a busy week (normally around a medical congress or a drug approval) we will work much longer hours, either in the office or be on-site at a conference with clients around the world. These are normally very long days but also very fun (and normally with good food!).
What I'd do with the prize money: Work with Friends of the Earth in Oxford to communicate about the need for clean air and less single-use plastic
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
ambitious, outgoing, loud
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
Interest in healthcare and pharmaceuticals
What was your favourite subject at school?
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
a few times...
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
I'd love to work for MI5 or something analytical
Who is your favourite singer or band?
That's tough.. i like a lot of pop and electronic
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Make lots of money, travel the world, achieve something memorable