Alumni Event goes to Industry…

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The latest Salters’ Graduate Awardwinners Event was held at AstraZeneca, Macclesfield on 13th September 2018. This follows on from three previous events over the last 15 months. This was our first visit to an industrial site and proved to be very successful and enjoyed by all those who attended. There was an opportunity to have a tour of the Pharmaceutical Packaging Facility at AstraZeneca before the start of the formal proceedings and, despite the need to get dressed up in some interesting personal protective equipment, the tour was a real highlight and appreciated by the participants.  A big thank you to Mark Mottram, a Chemical Engineering Awardwinner in 2000 and who is currently the Packing Manufacturing Lead at Macclesfield, for organising and hosting the tour.

We were thrilled that 14 past Awardwinners attended (11 Graduate Awardwinners, a Jerwood Prize Medalist  and 2 Centenary Awardwinners from last year) plus 7 members of the Salters’ Company bringing together a good mixture of backgrounds and hence a great opportunity for networking and sharing experiences.

The format followed a similar format to past events, which has proved popular.  We were delighted to have Dr Dave Ennis, VP of Chemical Development for AstraZeneca, give a very interesting talk, sharing his career journey and some of the challenges facing the Pharmaceutical industry currently. This was followed by a presentation by one of our first Centenary Awardwinners from last year, Laetitia Rynhoud.  Laetitia is a Chemical Engineer who works for GSK and she gave a great account of her career experiences, in which she has certainly managed to cram a lot of things into her short career so far!

Next up was our, now regular and well received, round table discussions; a sort of “speed dating” type exchange where everyone has 5 minutes to share a summary of their career history. Then it was time to give everyone a chance to engage with others for an hour or so over drinks and dinner, before the formal ending of the event.  Again, there was lots of chatter and exchanging of business cards over supper – all good signs of another successful networking event.

Planning for next years events is starting soon! As we continue to build on our current event format, taking into account your feedback from recent events, our current thinking is to again host another event at Salters’ Hall in London and hopefully another event at an industrial site.

Development is also underway to set up an Alumni area on the Salters’ Institute website, so watch this space for updates!

Remember, it is your Alumni network, so please let us know how you would like to see it develop.

If you would like to be involved, please contact Stephanie Mearns

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