Product Owner – Technical at GlaxoSmithKline
2018 – Present.
How I came to STEM
I became interested in science in at secondary school and I remember being totally fascinated by this complex and exciting world. I was not exposed to external STEM events during my time at school, and if I had been, I could have taken a very different path to what I am doing now. I went on to take Biology at A Level and then studied Biomedical Sciences at the University of Kent. At University, I was exposed to a lot of academic opportunities but my knowledge of the industry was still limited.
Why I love what I do
I am a laboratory operations manager for one of our GSK sites and am responsible for the testing of products before they are released to patients.
A typical day would start by me walking around each of the different labs to understand if there are any issues to tackle for that day. Then I attend a standard set of meetings to ensure that any important information is communicated to the site leaders. I spend the afternoons working on various things like problem-solving, working with my team on the progress of improvement projects, making sure processes are being followed and that the laboratory is running smoothly and safely. I also think about how each team is functioning and plan out where resource needs to go to ensure each lab runs smoothly.
I love my job because I work with so many people that are passionate about science. I also learn new things every day from other people in the lab. The thing that matters most to me is that we have hardworking people who are really important in making sure that sick people get the medicines that they need.
What I’m proud of, & what I’m hoping to achieve through the WYPB
As a continuing WYPB member, the thing I am most proud of so far has been that I’ve been able to bring some behaviors and thoughts back to people at work.
Through conversations with senior stakeholders about the work of WISE and the WYPB, I have been able to help them recognise incidences of unconscious bias, and a handful of senior people at the site have expressed thanks for helping them recognise this bias language.
One project I’m looking forward to completing in my time on the WYPB is to drive through a project with a children’s book publisher, aimed at encouraging young girls to consider STEM subjects, because I believe the best chance of getting more girls into STEM is by engaging them early.