What do you do?
I am a Professor of Medical Education at UCL Medical School. I’m also former Director of UCL Medical School and President of the Royal College of Physicians, the lead for the Independent review of the Gender Pay Gap in Medicine in England. Finally, I currently support and mentor several women in medicine.
Why did you choose this field?
I am a physician by background, and am passionate about medicine. I found medical education to be under valued and poorly supported when I started out. I became interested in women in medicine through my own experience, and after Chairing a RCP research project in 2009. I want to make a difference. Several of my role models are high achieving women. Notably, Professor Dame Parveen Kumar, and Professor Dame Carol Black.
What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?
I now know that ALL leadership positions can be achieved by women. That was not always thought to be the case.
Why do you love working in STEM?
I love being a doctor. The privilege of working with and supporting patients is extraordinary.
Best advice for next generation?
Follow your instincts and passions because anything is possible, even if you have a few set backs along the way.
Inspo quote / fun fact / role model
“If you always do what you've always done, you always get what you've always got.” Attributed to Einstein, I am told.