Welcome to my final Chairs update before I hand over to Chrissie Fletcher in July. I’d like to start by personally thanking you for all your support and kind words over the last two years. You’ve embraced my own unique way of doing things and I’m truly grateful. While it’s been a tough few years as Chair as we’ve been in the grips of COVID-19 for the vast majority it’s certainly pushed us as an organisation to grow and experiment with new ways of working, as well as a great learning opportunity for me personally.
As I sit writing this blog on a drizzly Monday morning, the week after the PSI Conference I’m filled with happiness. While financially last year and potential this one also we are going to be digging into our reserves, the situation could have been significantly worse and if it wasn’t for the passion and dedication of all of those involved in PSI no matter how big or small we would not have been able to adapt so well. I feel inspired by being part of this community with you, so thank you!
Without further ado let's highlight some examples from this quarter to showcase how we’re still moving forward on our strategic objectives:
Empower members in their profession by strengthening and broadening their technical and influencing skills
A huge big THANK YOU to Paul Terrill, Alex Currie, MCI and the Scientific Committee for an amazing 3 day online conference. The feedback I heard was overwhelmingly positive. I’d also like to thank all the speakers, sponsors and delegates who make this event possible. Don’t forget if you signed up for the conference you have till December to go back in and watch the content you were not able to see the first time around. I must admit the production was excellent and the social aspects of the wonder platform were a wonder (hehe!). It was lovely to catch up and meet some new faces. So much great content. I’m still catching up.
Nurture and expand a collaborative and engaged community
I want to thank Steve Bamford at PhUSE and the Biometrics leadership community who have worked together to put together the Diversity and Inclusion survey for our industry. The data and insights being generated I’m really curious to see, so look out for the white paper out hopefully by the end of this year. If you haven’t taken part yet, please click here.
Advance healthcare by being a leading partner in the application of statistics
I want to make a call out here to our eighteen eSIGs and the number seems to keep growing. The collaborations that we have seen across most SIGs and their eagerness to showcase what they are doing at the PSI Conference is slightly overwhelming. It’s always one of our Board highlights to have a SIG come along and share their work. There are too many people to thank individually, but to all the leaders and to the members. Keep up the great engagement and work.
Reinventing Organisations: An illustrated Edition to joining the conversation on next-stage organisations by Frederic LaLoux (Buddy is still with my sister adjusting to his wheelchair so unfortunately couldn’t be here for the final book review photo):
I read this book a couple of years ago and re-read it again last month to refresh myself on the “Teal” organisation philosophies of Self Management, Wholeness and Evolutionary purpose. Roche is on a journey to become a more teal organisation and this book is a super fast, easy read about lots of types of organisational styles, focusing on how to become more “Teal” for those interested. As I take on a new role in Roche in July I’m hoping to embrace and adopt many of these ideas within the function to create a space people feel excited to be part of. There is a longer version of this book which I haven’t read, as the illustrated version was so great.
“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I’m possible” - Quote by Audrey Hepburn
Let’s all go out and reach for the impossible! Stay safe, look after each other and keep smiling ☺