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Marie Anderson – Building Manager, Welbeck Health Partners

Briefly describe your role at Welbeck Health Partners.

I serve as the Building Manager, overseeing the daily operations of the building, and the Welbeck Service Desk that averages 100+ requests a month. I manage a staff of eight that consist of three FoH staff, two Welbeck building technicians, and two Artic technicians. I also oversee vendor management and space planning, and I also sit on the Operational Forum and the Leadership Advisory Team.

What is your proudest achievement of your career at OneWelbeck so far?

Implementing a dedicated service desk for centres that allows them to raise service tickets directly with our PPM vendor. With this they receive automated acknowledgement of the service ticket being received and a closed ticket acknowledgement advising them the job is complete and/or next step needed to complete the works. I’m also incredibly proud of my team, who provide outstanding service to our patients and centres daily from the first point of contact for patients to the daily needs of the centres.

The theme of IWD this year is #breakthebias – do you feel you’ve had to overcome any bias in your field of work, either conscious or unconscious?

In 1992 as a single mom to a one-year-old, I chose the male-dominated world of the construction industry for my career path knowing that opportunities outside of an admin role would be limited and not easily achieved. As a woman in construction in Nashville, the challenges were many: from pay, respect, parenting and and needing the necessary time away from the office to be a mom, to sexual harassment.

My career began as an Executive Assistant to the VP of a major construction company and today I am living and working in London as a Building Manager for a private healthcare company. So, I can say without questions, the hard work and determination has paid off! No matter how difficult, I stayed focused and did not let others deter me from what I knew I could achieve.

My favourite quote: always take the road less travelled!

Is there a woman in your line of work who you see as a role model?

While not in the same industry, my role models are Ruth Bader Ginsberg, for obvious reasons. But most of all my mom, who by way of marriage to my military father came to the US from a foreign country, spoke no English at the time but always managed to show grace, love and compassion to all.

Natasha Blakely – Centre Director, OneWelbeck Lung Health

Briefly describe your role at OneWelbeck.

I am the Centre Director for OneWelbeck Lung Health and I am responsible for the day to day management of the centre. My goal is to always ensure that we are providing a world-class service to our patients.

What is your proudest achievement of your career at OneWelbeck so far?

Setting up and launching a brand new respiratory diagnostic service within the private sector, especially during a pandemic.

The theme of IWD this year is #breakthebias – do you feel you’ve had to overcome any bias in your field of work, either conscious or unconscious?

Overcoming an age bias has been my biggest challenge throughout my career. Number of years’ experience doesn’t always determine an individual’s capabilities.

Is there a woman in your line of work who you see as a role model?

All women who are breaking the bias!

Clare Forsyth – Chief Clinical Officer, Welbeck Health Partners

Briefly describe your role at OneWelbeck.

This is a brand new role – as Chief Clinical Officer I aim to be an accessible resource for all professional and regulatory standards, support, and discussion. This role will evolve as Welbeck Health Partners continues to adapt and grow.

What is your proudest achievement of your career so far?

Being a trained nurse and caring as much today about patients and colleagues as I did when I started my training 40 years ago!

The theme of IWD this year is #breakthebias – do you feel you’ve had to overcome any bias in your field of work, either conscious or unconscious?

There are certain assumptions that come with being a female nurse, especially to do with personality type. I’ve worked hard to create a place where you belong even when you are ‘different’.

Is there a woman in your line of work who you see as a role model?

Jacinda Arden, Prime minister of New Zealand – what a woman! There is such authenticity in her integrity.

Andrea Sherry – Centre Director, OneWelbeck Digestive Surgery

Briefly describe your role at OneWelbeck.

I am the Centre Director of OneWelbeck Digestive Surgery, which involves managing a 13 room outpatient and diagnostic clinic, and looking after over 30 consultants across 2 main specialities: Colorectal Surgery & Gastroenterology. We do minor procedures, FibroScan, Ultrasound and face to face consultations. I am responsible for the safe and effective delivery of services, and ensuring the clinic maintains the highest standards of care. My motivation is to consistently go beyond better to deliver an excellent patient experience.

What is your proudest achievement of your career at OneWelbeck so far?

Launching the FibroScan service.

The theme of IWD this year is #breakthebias – do you feel you’ve had to overcome any bias in your field of work, either conscious or unconscious?

Yes – I think as a nurse people can underestimate your full potential. I am a firm believe in ‘you’re never just a nurse’.

Is there a woman in your line of work who you see as a role model?

Lesley Watts, CEO of Chelsea & Westminster NHS Foundation Trust. She is also a nurse and was an excellent role model during my time in the NHS.

 

Ana Wilson – Consultant Gastroenterologist, OneWelbeck Digestive Health

Briefly describe your role at OneWelbeck.

I am a consultant gastroenterologist and specialist endoscopist and partner at OneWelbeck Digestive Health. I see patients for  a wide variety of digestive issues as well as specific conditions such as Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative Colitis and IBS. I am a nationally accredited bowel cancer screening colonoscopist and perform bowel cancer screening procedures at OneWelbeck.

What is your proudest achievement of your career at OneWelbeck so far?

It is always difficult to choose one particular moment – obtaining my research degree or having supervised my first PhD student are both things I was very proud of, albeit in different ways. Being asked to join the OneWelbeck Digestive Health team definitely counts as one of my greatest achievements.

The theme of IWD this year is #breakthebias – do you feel you’ve had to overcome any bias in your field of work, either conscious or unconscious?

When I started training in gastroenterology there were still relatively few women consultant gastroenterologists and although the numbers have increased over the years, during my training I was definitely conscious that women were in the minority. Even now I have some elderly patients who express surprise I am female and were expecting to see ‘Mr Wilson”!

Is there a woman in your line of work who you see as a role model?

Dr Jane Collier, a hepatologist at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, where I trained was an inspiration, both in terms of her work ethic as well as compassion to her patients.