Scottish Pride and Innovation
Sitting Down With… Dave Tudor, Managing Director of the Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre (MMIC), Scotland, UK.
Stephanie Sutton | | Interview
What was your first role in industry?
At university, my main focus was on organic chemistry. I loved chemistry! And I knew I wanted to use my skills to add value back to society. The pharma industry was very attractive and I was lucky enough to get job offers from Glaxo Wellcome and SmithKline Beecham. I took the latter role, but little did I know that 8 years later the two companies would merge to form GlaxoSmithKline… Ultimately, I spent 27 years at the company.
How did you rise to leadership?
As a graduate, you tend to either stay in your comfort zone or move into general leadership. I didn’t have a specific career plan in mind, but when I started as a development chemist, I assumed the career that lay before me would be technical. Quite soon, however, I became a section head with a team of twelve reporting to me. Some people find leadership intimidating or stressful, but I enjoyed taking responsibility. Five years after joining the company, I moved away from synthetic chemistry to general leadership. I wanted to learn more about the company, the geographies it operated in and the different jobs throughout the business. I’ve never looked back!
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