Summer 2006
Never Give Up
NAME
Geraldine Smith
ACDM POSITION
Chairperson
COMPANY
GlaxoSmithKline
Provide a brief summary of your life / education etc to date:
I was born and grew up in Slough, Berkshire. After college I started working at Celltech Ltd in as a Library Clerk. I eventually worked there for approximately 10 and a half years. During that time I completed my HNC in Computer Studies and became the Published Information Manager. In 1992, I joined Glaxo as a Clinical Data Co-Ordinator with responsibility for managing the Data Entry Team and EP90 screen design for the Psychiatry group. Following a number of mergers (Wellcome and then SmithKline Beecham) I became a Therapy Area Manager with responsibility for the Respiratory area. Recently my role has changed and I am now a Clinical Data Management Therapy Area Leader. I will be defining the CDM strategy for my Therapy area and working with the CDM managers and other internal customers and partners to ensure that we deliver to time, quality and budget.
If you were on a desert island, what three things would you take with you and why?
A world history book because I love to read and history is an area of interest, an insect repellant because I'm always getting bitten and get very bad reactions and finally a large cushion for comfort.
What has been your greatest achievement to date?
Getting married and working with my husband Wes to renovate our house and garden. The garden is nearly there and we opened it to the public this year as part of the fundraising for our local parish church.
What word or phrase do you most over use?
"At the end of the day...".
If you were not in the job you are in, what would you do?
Be a book reviewer.
If you could be remembered for something, what would it be?
For treating people as I expected to be treated.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
No housework, a good book, nice food and a wide sofa that I can read the book on with Wes in the room working on his hobbies too.
What lesson has life taught you so far?
That we are going to be thrown many challenges but you must never give up and eventually things will start to change for the positive.
What is your greatest fear?
Heights.
What makes you happy?
Having my close friends and family about me and knowing that I can manage to do things I want to when I want to.
What makes you depressed?
Not having enough time to do the things that I like.
Where would you like to be in 5 years time?
Ideally, if I had the funds I would retire but as this probably won't be the case, I would hope to still be working in a leadership position in the pharmaceutical industry.
What do you do to relax / what are your hobbies?
I like to read novels and history books, watch TV and films.
What famous person in history or present day would you most like to meet and why?
Julius Caesar because he lived in a time of great change and helped to influence the way society across the globe has evolved.
If you were an ice cream, which flavor would you be and why?
Raspberry sorbet because it's cool and sharp yet sweet.
If you had a dinner party, and could invite 6 famous people, who would you invite and why?
Although this seems to be a strange mix, I believe it reflects my interests in the broad sense. I would invite Peter the Great because his reign in Russia marked a significant turning point. He had to overcome many challenges and managed to bring a whole society in to the modern age. Monet because I really have enjoyed his paintings and would love to know more about how he achieved the effects that he did. Milton because I read "Paradise Lost", when I was a teenager and was hooked. I believe that his attendance could provoke lively discussion. Anne McCaffrey because I would love to meet the person who wrote the fantastic dragon books. Orson Wells who I believe was a creative genius and who made one of my top ten films "Citizen Kane" and finally but not least Ella Fitzgerald whose voice was so beautiful and whose life covered a period of change in the United States.