We sat down with Rowena, our Scientific Director, to learn about her journey to Ashfield, her role in our Maidenhead office and the places she likes to visit on the weekend!
How did you get into this field?
Weirdly enough, through amateur dramatics. I was working as an allied health professional at a major teaching hospital in Sydney, and was half-way through my Masters in Public Health en route to a career change. When I heard about the wonderful world of medical writing via a fellow ‘luvvie’, I thought it was just the challenge I was looking for. Many months later, after multiple interviews and gruelling test writes, I landed the role of a medical writer.
What drew you to Ashfield Healthcare Communications in Maidenhead?
I had been working for a very small but high-quality med comms agency in High Wycombe with limited career development opportunities for senior scientific staff. I wanted to work with a big buzzy agency with lots going on and a major focus on developing its staff, so Ashfield was an obvious choice. Plus it was close to home.
What 3 words describe the culture here at Ashfield Healthcare Communications?
Kind, focussed, life-work balance priority.
What’s a typical day like for you?
As a Scientific Director on a large and growing account, I do a lot of resource planning, line management/mentoring, and working with my client service colleagues to develop the account further. A key focus of my day-to-day work is reviewing and QC’ing the work of the other medical writers on my fabulous team.
Top three places to visit within Maidenhead?
I don’t live in Maidenhead as such, but nearby in a village close to Henley. Berkshire is a beautiful part of the world, with the Chiltern Hills nearby, and the river Thames flowing through Henley, Marlow and Maidenhead, on its way to London. Great for sporty types, especially if you like walking, cycling, or water sports. Great for history buffs, with medieval market towns, Silchester Roman City, lots of stately homes (‘Downton Abbey’, Cliveden, etc), and Windsor and Eton nearby. And of course, we are close enough to jump on a train to London on the weekend (anyone fancy a West End musical?).
What do you like to do in your spare time?
As a mum, my favourite thing is spending time with my 12-year-old daughter. I also enjoy helping to manage her football club, Wargrave Women and Girls’ Football Club, which is one of the biggest amateur female football clubs in the UK. So if you are female and fancy a bash at football, I have the club for you! I also sing in a Glee Club, dip into amateur dramatics when I have the time, plus I enjoy socializing, cinema, cooking and reading.
Who is your favourite author?
This tends to shift about a bit, but my longstanding favourite authors are JRR Tolkien (Lord of The Rings) and Margaret Mitchell (Gone With The Wind).
What are the top three things on your bucket list?
Wow. Where to start?! I’d love to see some of South America, esp Machu Picchu. Whale-watching, seeing the aurora borealis, and visiting the Arctic Circle (OK, so that’s four…).
What’s the most fun and rewarding non-work related thing you have got to do in the Maidenhead office?
Creating and running a music quiz to raise money for World AIDS Day 2018, including serving mocktails! Also, walking 11,000 steps per day throughout March 2019 to raise money for our 2019 office charity, Target Ovarian Cancer.
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