It is with great pleasure that we introduce you to our new Operations Director, John Jones. John is a commercially-focused senior clinical operations manager with 20 years of experience in the private medical industry along with multiple management roles at a blue-chip retail company. He takes on a leading role within the centre and will be steering our operational focus.
It is unlikely that John will be able to meet members of the research community in person for quite some time, so we asked him a few questions to give you an introduction to him.
Why were you attracted to working for the Wales Cancer Research Centre?
I have spent over 14 years working within the health care sector and wanted a role that offered an opportunity to make a real difference to the health of the people in Wales and beyond. While working as a manager of a clinical trials unit in Cardiff my research into the industry led me to discover how far Wales was lagging behind not just the rest of the UK but internationally in health management. This role within the Wales Cancer Research Centre is ideally placed to make a real impact within the area of cancer.
What are you enjoying most about the role so far and what do you hope to achieve?
What I am most enjoying about the role is discovering how much talent there is working within this field and how many excellent opportunities there are to make a real difference. My goal is to make the centre a self-sustaining organisation that can bring together the talent within Wales and work not only on a national level but internationally. I want to help make Wales one of the top places in the UK to work within the field of cancer.
How do you relax after a busy day in the home office?
I have a wide variety of interests. I have a passion for cooking and have a veg and herb garden that feeds into my enjoyment of cooking and gardening. I practice yoga to stay fit and enjoy reading non-fiction and history.
What kind of challenges have you faced in starting this new role during lockdown?
All my interactions have been virtual rather than face-to-face so engaging in personal interactions that help develop relationships has been the biggest challenge.
What are you most proud of in your career to date?
I am most proud of transforming a small 500 sq. ft. clinical trials unit with three tiny clinic rooms, tucked away within an upper floor of a business unit in a business park into the one of the biggest private trails units in the UK. I moved and developed the tiny unit into a two storey 10,000 sq.ft. state of the art , modern purpose built unit with eight large clinic rooms and laboroatory just under Castle Coch for Synexus. It was successfully opened to great fanfare with executives flying in from all over the world with TV and radio coverage