We’re a great team at Woodley BioReg, with some really diverse skills and talents – and we each fulfil a unique role. Today, we’re getting to know Ash and finding out a little more about him, at work and in life generally.
Can you summarise your role in one paragraph?
As the founder and principal consultant at Woodley BioReg, my role is quite diverse, from managing the business to being a hands-on consultant on various project teams.
What’s the best part of your job?
Working with highly motivated colleagues and clients and being a small part of the drug development process.
What was your journey to Woodley BioReg?
Interestingly, the trigger for founding Woodley BioReg was an appraisal in a previous role. I realised that to that to learn and develop I needed to work across multiple projects, simultaneously.
What would you like to achieve at work in the next 12 months?
We’ve been unusually busy during the pandemic, despite the impacts of Brexit. We’re looking forward to hitting the road and attending exhibitions, conferences, and meetings to re-engage with our clients and colleagues.
Can you describe what life is like at Woodley BioReg?
There is always a new challenge or opportunity to get into! The best part is working with some really smart colleagues – and learning from them.
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
A pilot! However, I was short-sighted so wouldn’t have passed the entrance criteria. At that point I had no idea how challenging and fulfilling a role in science could be!
Share an interesting fact about you that not many people know
I’ve met Mohammed Ali and had the pleasure of shaking him by the hand.
How do you switch off while away from work?
I love hiking and hillwalking, typically 15 to 20 miles. I also enjoy road cycling but only if the weather’s decent.
Tell us five places you love to visit – whether they are geographical locations, eateries, attractions, shops or anything else! (Let’s assume pandemic restrictions do not apply).
Firstly, I’d say Italy – the lakes in particular. Also, the Scottish Highlands. I need the US West Coast Highway on my list because it’s such a cliché… and anywhere with really good spa! I’ve never been to Australia or New Zealand, but I’d certainly love to go there.
What’s one great piece of wisdom you’ve learned in work or in life?
Do what you enjoy, and enjoy what you do.