The BTS has a mentoring scheme. If you are interested in being mentored by one of the senior BTS members listed below, please contact the BTS secretariat [[email protected]], who will contact them for you.
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Jacqui Piner

Having benefited from mentor and coaching relationships, I would like to give back.  I see mentoring as a means of facilitating the performance, the learning and the development of others by empowering mentees to learn and to grow, to enable them to see new possibilities, not only in their current role and future career, but in themselves.  I am experienced in mentoring as part of company schemes (GSK Fellowship and Women’s Leadership Initiative) and external programmes (Form the Future) and am a trained and active job-plus coach.

I have long tenure as a toxicologist working as a medicines safety scientist in R&D of a large pharmaceutical company which has provided experience of applied toxicology.  In addition, I’ve also had the opportunity to collaborate and partner with external organisations and academic institutes allowing a broad perspective of this scientific discipline. I have wide-ranging technical understanding of R&D of drug development and enjoy the science, working in teams and continuous learning.

My strengths include trust, being a good listener, recognising talent and qualities in others and making connections.

Desmond Cave

Experience in transferring from a student to real life toxicologist in a company. Increasing your skill set to become a Study Director in a Regulatory Toxicology environment. Improving these skills and experience to become a Director of Toxicology. Transferring these skills to become a Business Development Executive so that you can sell Regulatory Toxicology for a Global CRO.

What do CROs look for in toxicologists both in terms of working in the lab and in sales. Why the experience of working in a CRO is better than working for a pharmaceutical company.

Amesha Patel

Since completing my Masters in Toxicology in 2000, my career in the Toxicology field has been focused on Nonclinical Regulatory Toxicology.  I have worked both in the UK and in North America, so the extent of my regulatory involvement covers a wide scope for both EMEA and FDA submissions.  On the practical toxicology side, by early career was General Toxicology, then with my move to Canada, I began overseeing studies in Infusion, Pharmacology and Neurotoxicology.  Taking my scientific background further, I joined the business group for a year to learn and develop my skills and understanding on the financial and operational side of the business.  This lead me in good stead, to then move into Program Management.  I oversaw Key Global Accounts and their programs globally across the business.  My background as a Study Director and my understanding on a business level was critical to my success in this group.  Having moved back to the UK, I gained my ERT certification, and now in my current role, I oversee the Toxicology Group, as Team Leader.  Within the team, we act as Project Mangers for all outsourced studies and assist in all key regulatory decisions within sub-teams to allow pipeline to progress or for decisions for movement from discovery into development.

As a mentor, I would be able to assist with any questions on nonclinical Regulatory Toxicology, both here in the UK and also from my experience in North America.  There has been a lot that I’ve learnt along my career path to-date, and would welcome the opportunity to pay it forward as a mentor.

Shirley Price

Job title: Academic Director and Professor of Toxicology at the University of Surrey

What experience, knowledge or expertise could you offer a mentee?
I would bring to this role an opportunity to challenge the mentee to think differently about their role and how they can develop to move to the next stage in their career. I would work with the mentee to:

  • Take a long-range view on their growth and development.
  • Help them see what they would need to do to arrive at their personal goal.

I would achieve this by:

  • Providing non-judgemental support;
  • Providing guidance on all issues raised by the mentee. This would always be undertaken in a confidential manner;
  • Clarifying the goals of the mentee and work with them to achieve these in a timely fashion;
  • Passing on my own knowledge and experiences to the mentee both from my professional role and that of the Society.

Why do you want to be a mentor?
I have always seen that by engaging in a mentoring relationship is beneficial for me as a mentor and the specific benefits for me are:

  • Seeing others develop from my own experience(s);
  • Broadening of my own skills and knowledge;
  • The provision of a new dimension to my current job and work within the Society.

David Jones

My current role principally involves assessing nonclinical data for Clinical Trial Authorisation (CTA) applications and Marketing Authorisation Applications (MAA), both non-biological and biological.  A further aspect of my job is to offer scientific advice to companies on behalf of  the MHRA or the EU’s Committee for Human Medicinal Products (CHMP).

As such, I am very familiar with all aspects of nonclinical requirements to support drug development.