I am a Non Executive Director of six companies and Chairman of two of these companies.
I am often out of the office attending or chairing Board meetings and other company functions. Much of my time is spent on the phone and exchanging many emails to keep up with the six companies. Also I do quite a lot of reading (electronically) to keep up with technology.
I have had a wide ranging commercial career in the pharmaceutical industry. I joined as a new graduate and my career developed through the following roles: hospital rep., hospital regional manager, national hospital sales manager, product manager, marketing director, general manager and, finally, executive director.
I have a BPharm degree from London University (Chelsea School of Pharmacy). This would still be an appropriate qualification for the career path I took.
During the second year of my degree course I realised that spending all day inside four walls of pharmacy was not for me.
My proudest moment was launching the first new anti epileptic in 10 years (Epilim).
Good interpersonal skills, good listener/counsellor, ability to be hands-off, but hands-on when necessary.
Try to choose a company that is able to give you the best start in your chosen career path.
My initial role was a massive learning curve as I got to grips with the industry and the technicalities of a role in regulatory affairs.