The innovative nature of Roche, and positive feedback from friends, encouraged statistician Alun to join the company.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I live in the Cambridge area but was born and brought up in Coventry. Currently, I work as Principal Statistical Scientist for Roche’s Statistical Methods and Research Department. Mathematics fascinated me from an early age and I’ve been fortunate enough to work for a number of pharmaceutical companies over the past 25 years in roles that have really interested me.
I am married with three fantastic stepchildren and I love sport, music and outdoor activities. I’m a qualified cricket umpire, a rugby union coach and I’ve been a Scout Leader for four years. I also play the trumpet for a band in Cambridge.
Where did you study?
I did my first degree at Sheffield Hallam University and my PhD at Reading University.
In which Roche location are you currently working and what can you tell us about that location as a work environment?
I am based at the Welwyn site, although I spend one week a month in Basel. I love both sites. They both have a great environment to work in. Both are very friendly places and I meet so many energetic, enthusiastic and interesting people at both sites.
Why did you decide to join Roche?
I was interested in the innovative nature of Roche and had spoken to friends who worked there, who said that it was a great place to work. I had a discussion with one such friend, who is in a senior position and within a week I had an informal chat with the Global Head of Biostatistics. The job itself is also very exciting. I operate very much like a consultant which means I never know what my next piece of work will be.
Please complete the following sentence: Roche is a great place to work because…
it is an ethical, innovative company but most of all it gives you the opportunity to express your opinions.