I have some of my best ideas on my bike
At university, I noticed my background was different to my peers. For example, my vocabulary wasn’t as broad as my peers who came from more privileged backgrounds, even though I always read avidly and still do, from being very young, so my sphere of experience wasn’t as wide.
You notice this and get the feeling of not quite fitting in. But you know what, that experience helped me build resilience in the pharma industry. Early in my career, this was a very male-dominated environment. I would often be the only female at the table. You build resilience that you didn’t know you needed. In the end, it’s an advantage.
Maybe it helps that I’m a competitive person. I used to play hockey and squash, now I ride my bike. I measure stats, pace, how many watts I’m putting out. You could say I’m competing against myself.
I have some of my best ideas on my bike. I get out into the countryside for a few hours at a time and clear my head. Exercise is great for re-energising me.
You have to know when you need your headspace. I have three young boys. You have to manage your energy. Arecor is always on my mind, but I don’t mind that because I enjoy my job and I’m fully motivated.