Medicine, Southampton University
Before MBA: NHS Doctor During MBA: Clinical Advisor to the Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, England
Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice, Harvard University, Boston, USA
Why did you choose to study the Weekday Executive MBA and why specifically at Imperial College Business School?
Imperial has an excellent reputation and the Weekday Executive MBA program allowed me to continue working full-time.
What advice would you give to a prospective student considering studying the same Business School programme as you?
An MBA is expensive in time and money. It is not for everyone and there are alternative ways to learn about business. However, an Executive MBA is an incredibly efficient way to learn an overview of all aspects of business.
How has the Business School helped develop your career?
As a Doctor, I was taught about the anatomy and pathology of patients and how to make them better. As an MBA student, I was taught about the anatomy and pathology of organisations and how to make them better. In my future career, I hope to combine these two areas to improve the delivery of health care.
How did you benefit from the services provided by the Business School’s Career and Professional Development Services Team?
I transitioned from being a full-time clinician to a policy role during my MBA. Having executive career coaching during this time was incredibly beneficial.
How has the Business School helped you to become an entrepreneur?
The Business School not only taught me what entrepreneurship was, it inspired me to have the confidence to become one! With a colleague, I set up a social enterprise called ‘Diagnosis’ www.diagnosisltd.co.uk to enable junior doctors and medical students to undertake commissioned healthcare projects to develop their leadership and management skills.
How do you stay connected with others from your Business School alumni network?
What value do you get out of your Business School and alumni connections?
My close group of MBA colleagues includes people from luxury goods, the Prime Ministers Delivery Unit, cement, pharmaceutical and advertising industries. This diversity is not only interesting; it’s also fun and inspiring to hear about totally different working worlds.
Which book would you recommend alumni read?
My Marketing Professor would be disappointed if I didn’t use this opportunity to mention that after completing the MBA, I co-authored a book called ‘MBA for Medics‘ (Radcliffe, 2010). This book doesn’t replace the need to do an MBA but contains relevant information for health professionals considering undertaking one.