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Health Tech at Vitae VR

Q: What is your job and what does your typical day involve?

A: Chief Operating Officer at Vitae VR. I manage the company day-to-day, including people and our external partnerships. I am responsible for fundraising and for keeping our finances in check. I am professionally obsessive about growing the company.

Q: How did you decide that you wanted to be a part of your industry?

A: The potential impact of what we can do with technology in medicine, specifically virtual reality is a compelling reason to be part of this industry. VR has the potential to allow us to understand the brain much better than we do now.

Q: What do you enjoy most about your industry?

A: I very much enjoy breaking new boundaries, which are doing all the time with VR.

Q: Since starting your job, what's your greatest achievement?

A: My greatest achievement is building a game that could potentially improve the lives of millions of mentally ill people worldwide.

Q: Where were you born, and what made you come to Bournemouth?

A: I was born in Lancashire, but was drawn to Bournemouth after a career overseas and in London due to the strength of the creative talent here and the fact that it is much cheaper to run a business here, compared to London.

Q: What do you remember about your first day at your job?

A: I remember feeling overwhelmingly excited about the prospects of VR as a technology and the potential this offered in medicine. I think I even said: "this is the future." I still believe that to this day.

Q: When you were a child, what did you want to be?

A: I wanted to be a barrister from the age of 6, until I got to University to study law and realised I needed a more creative job that allowed me to come up with ideas and make them happen.

Q: When was the last time you learnt something new?

A: Today. I am always learning. I work with neuroscientists who regularly tell me something I never knew about the way our brains work.

Q: What was your first job?

A: I was a European Civil Servant - the trade Advisor in a large transnational group of political parties - in the European Parliament in Brussels.

Q: How are your company's Christmas parties?

A: Heavy on the activities.... followed by a considerable amount of drinking, dancing and cheesy chips.

Q: What was the best advice somebody gave you?

A: If you've got a good idea, get up off your butt and do it. Don't to it tomorrow. Do it now and don't look back. Be fearless.

Q: What would you name the autobiography of your life?

A: Never Give Up

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