Updated: Jun 22
Beverley Thomson has worked within the field of optics for 3 years. She holds a degree in Anthropology from the University of Durham.
Beverley began her career as an Equity Analyst with the asset management industry, with responsibility for analysing UK Aerospace & Defence, Industrials and Engineering stocks. After 7 years she moved across into asset management executive search, working with a number of the top global asset management houses to source their top talent at the global, regional, country and channel head level. Beverley's asset management search career culminated in her founding and running her own successful asset management executive search business in the City in 2013, which she ran until 2016.
Since then, Beverley's talent acquisition experience has spanned a number of different industries, including management consulting and FMCG, before moving into the field of optics in 2018.
We had a chance to sit down with Beverley for a coffee. Read below all we talked about!
When did you get involved with Occuity? Why did you feel it was the right thing for you?
I joined Occuity in April 2021, having been approached by Derek Bean, our Programme Manager. I worked with Derek at our previous organisation (an optical company) and he thought that I would be a good fit for the Recruitment Manager role here at Occuity. I realised that it was the right role for me when I discovered the products that Occuity was developing and realised what a significant impact those products could have on people's health around the world. I wanted to be a part of that amazing story.
Why should someone consider a career at Occuty?
The human factor overlay is so important to everyone here at Occuity. We all feel privileged to be part of something that will potentially be of benefit so many people. Our products are innovative and pioneering and it is exciting for us all to be contributing in our own way to the success of Occuity. We are on the cusp of a period of extremely rapid growth and the opportunities for people joining us at such an important stage in our development are incredibly exciting. We foster a culture of innovation, inquisitiveness and natural curiosity, whilst also encouraging a fun, friendly and incredibly enjoyable environment in which to work What do you think of Occuity’s work so far?
Hugely impressive. The products are truly ground-breaking in terms of their technology and innovation. In addition, the growth of the business in just 2 years has been pretty remarkable
Which are your usual tasks at work? What do you do?
I am the Recruitment Manager here, so it is my job to attract the best-in-class talent to this remarkable organisation. Working very closely with all the hiring managers across the business, I undertake the full life-cycle of recruitment activities necessary for us to attract outstanding talent to the business - talent that will help take the company forward on the next step of our journey
What excites you the most about your job?
Well it makes my job extremely busy, but I love seeing the rate at which we are growing! I love the variety of roles and therefore the variety of people that I speak with on a daily basis. I have real passion when I speak about Occuity to people and explain what it is that we do and are trying to achieve - and it is so rewarding when you see other people's enthusiasm truly ignited in return
What is your experience with Diabetes?
My Mother is on the cusp of being diabetic, and is actually undergoing further tests at the moment, so there is certainly a personal element there. In fact, it is extremely interesting for me to talk to candidates each day about Diabetes and Alzheimers, as the vast majority of them seem to have some sort of personal experience - whether that be themselves, their friends or family - with at least one of the diseases that we are diagnosing and monitoring here at Occuity.
Have you always known you wanted to work in the Biomedical Engineering industry?
Not really! My background is pretty biological in terms of qualifications (anthropology with a heavy biological focus) however the vast majority of my experience has not been within the biomedical field. However it has always been a source of great interest to me - I find the field of biomedical engineering absolutely fascinating - and extremely worthwhile. I can't imagine working in any other field now!
How do you think will Occuity’s future look like?
Incredibly bright! And super-exciting. Our products are making amazing progress in terms of their development and the interest in our company is significant. Our growth plans are testament to how well our products are being received and the potential for Occuity is astonishing. With our strong management leaders at the helm and some of the brightest minds in the industry making up our team, the sky is the limit for where we can go!