PSI Careers Lunch & Learn: Pharma-ly Fortunes

Date: Monday 12th December 2022
Time: 12:00-13:00 GMT
Speakers: Rob Donnelly, Paul Terrill, Aimee Weston and Lara Wolfson.

Who is this event intended for? Statisticians at all levels.
What is the benefit of attending? This session promises to be an enjoyable and interactive way to learn more about your career as a statistician. We cover questions such as "Who is most pushy when negotiating salaries?" to "Is it better to specialise or diversify your skills".


Registration for this webinar is free, and is open to Members of PSI only.
To register for this event, please click here.


Claire and Chet

This PSI Lunch & Learn series focuses on career-related topics through a panel discussion, hosted by Claire Brittain & Chetan Mistry.

Upcoming session: The upcoming event - "Pharma-ly Fortunes" - will involve playing along to a Family Fortunes style survey - it promises to be a fun but informative session where we hear from our experienced panel on wide ranging career-related topics. We may even debunk some popular myths!

Christmas is approaching and in order to inject (even more) fun into these sessions we have put together a Family Fortunes style Lunch & Learn where you can provide your thoughts on a wide range of career related topics (through polls) and hear from our experienced panel on what they've seen observed over time and which career/recruitment trends are changing. 

Come join us - you might be surprised by what you hear!

Speaker details



Robert Donnelly

Rob is currently Commercial Manager at Plus-Project where he provides strategic leadership in recruitment, business development and marketing.

Prior to this, he worked specifically within Biometrics recruitment in the City of London.

Rob is a bit of a humbug and makes a point of avoiding all Christmas-related music until at least the 20th December. He is also dismayed at Mince Pies being available from his local Sainsbury’s early in October.


Paul Terrill

Paul started his career working as a statistician in the agrochemical industry before becoming a statistical trainer for SAS. He moved into the pharmaceutical industry in 2005 and worked for several CROs before becoming an independent consultant in 2020. Paul primarily provides support to biotech and small pharmaceutical companies who lack in-house statistical expertise.

Paul is always happy to receive some lego as a Christmas present, and often does!

Aimee Weston

Aimee has an extensive background in sales and recruitment. She moved to Warman O’Brien in March 2020, to specialise in biometrics recruitment, which has always been an area of interest to her. She is currently a Principal Consultant, working purely with statisticians, offering market advice and opportunities within top pharma’s, biotech’s and CRO’s.

Aimee enjoys creating relationships with her clients and candidates, offering a friendly platform to come for all that is recruitment in the pharma world!

At Christmas, Aimee loves the social aspect of seeing friends and family and has been known in the past to join the ‘pram race’ in her hometown of Windlesham on Boxing Day!

Lara Wolfson

Lara J. Wolfson is Executive Director and Head, Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Statistics in the Biostatistics and Research Decision Sciences (BARDS) organization at MSD Switzerland. Lara holds a PhD in Statistics from Carnegie Mellon University in the US, and an undergraduate degree from Simon Fraser University in Canada. Lara has held academic appointments at University of Waterloo in Canada and Brigham Young University in the US, and has previously worked as a scientist covering health economics, epidemiology, and statistics at the World Health Organization, as well as in the pharmaceutical industry in outcomes research and Market Access at both the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson in Belgium and the Merck Center for Observational Research and Real-World Evidence in the US. Lara has authored more than 70 peer-reviewed journal articles, and currently chairs the HTA European Special Interest Group of the PSI (a professional organization for Statisticians in the Pharmaceutical Industry).

Lara currently lives in the Greater Zurich Area with her husband, twin sons, and a cat named Hokey Pokey. 

While at Uni, Lara managed a seasonal Christmas store, so she knows how to professionally light and decorate 8 feet trees!  


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