Jill Rodney is the Chief Executive at the IBMS in London.
Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in biomedical science?
Having enjoyed an extensive career in the health service in both clinical and senior leadership roles I was very aware of the hugely important role Biomedical Scientists play in the delivery of safe and effective patient care and the opportunity to be part of that cadre was too strong to resist.
What was your route into the profession?
I guess I should confess now that while I am not a biomedical scientist I am totally dedicated to the cause of advancing the profession and our Institute. I actually started my career as a clinical pharmacist before moving into management firstly within pharmacy and then moving to general management as a Divisional Manager at St Mary's in London. My experience as a NHS Chief Executive in Community and General Hospital Trusts eventually led me to take on the most enjoyable role of my career…. Chief Executive of IBMS in 2011.
What challenges have you faced in your career to date?
Well apart from doing my divisional manager role while at the same time completing my MBA at Henley, the constant challenge has always been delivering excellent services we can be proud of whether for patients or our IBMS members.
Of course to do that you need to have a great team of well-motivated people and at IBMS, the support and confidence of our Officers and Council. That focus on people and teams has always been at the heart of what I try to achieve in my leadership approach both at IBMS and in my earlier career.
What has been your greatest professional achievement so far?
Since taking up the reins at IBMS I have to say I am particularly proud of undertaking the biggest survey of our members to date. It is really important to me to understand what members want and to try to deliver. Last year, having the Institute approved by the HCPC to offer an experiential route to clinical scientist gave me a huge sense of pride both in the outcome and the people who worked so hard to make it happen.
What advice would you give to aspiring female leaders in biomedical science?
The advice I’d offer is the same for any aspiring biomedical science leader; be passionate about your profession and your patients, take your opportunities...and always be yourself!