In this article, we shine the spotlight on Lynn Stillman, Principal Consultant at NDA, and learn how fate revealed an unexpected pathway into regulatory affairs.


A beautiful twist of fate

Life has a strange way of working itself out. While we are busy planning for the future, connecting the dots, and tying everything perfectly in a bow, life can throw us a curveball. Sometimes, the curveball may reveal a beautiful twist of fate, as was the case for Lynn Stillman, Principal Consultant at NDA.

Lynn is a very happy-go-lucky person with a thirst for knowledge and fun. She fills the room with laughter, and you never quite know what to expect. She was born and bred in East London, enjoyed going to school and learning. She followed her dreams, applied and was accepted into university and obtained a B.Sc. (Hons) in Psychology with Cognitive Science.

“I enjoyed science at school and college, and as a young child I wanted to become a forensic pathologist. The journey to get there by being with and helping actual ‘live’ patients seemed quite appealing too.”

While Lynn was studying at the university, she worked part-time at a pharmaceutical company. She started by processing orders, moved to stock control, and later started working in the archives of the Regulatory Affairs Department.

“Back in the day, regulatory affairs was very different. It was all paper! There were yellow and pink coloured papers to represent different documents and the dossiers were all hardcopies,” Lynn recalled. 

Lynn planned to study for her PhD degree. She was interested in researching how to model neurological diseases with computers using artificial intelligence. However, her professor moved to Bangor, stalling her plans. This is where fate stepped in, she was offered a full-time job at the pharmaceutical company, opening an unexpected pathway into regulatory affairs.

“I stumbled into regulatory affairs by chance and stayed there. I thought that since regulatory affairs was giving me everything I wanted in my professional life and I was learning a lot from it, I should give it a try. Yes, the job can be challenging, but it affords the opportunity to continue to learn, work with different teams, with different client across the world, and ultimately helps patients. It ticks all the boxes for me.”

When the stars align

Lynn started her career as a Regulatory Affairs Assistant, her role involved photocopying and tidying up dossiers. She then became a Regulatory Affairs Officer and eventually a Regulatory Affairs Manager. , she was promoted to head up the regulatory affairs, medical information, pharmacovigilance and distribution departments. She then moved on to specialising in European regulatory affairs.

Taking on different roles gave Lynn an insight into the workings of all these departments and how they need to work together. This was instrumental in broadening her knowledge and strengthening her confidence. With this experience under her belt, Lynn took on the role of , which involved looking after regulatory registration filings mainly in the EU and in Japan, miles away from photocopying and tidying up dossiers.

In December 2017, Lynn joined NDA as a Principal Consultant, following her passion for helping patients. She looked forward to being part of a company that helps bring medicines to the world. At NDA, Lynn’s expertise, knowledge, and skills, have grown. She has ventured into the clinical aspects of regulatory affairs and is involved in

“I chose NDA because it is renowned for its expertise, and I didn't want to go to a consultancy that was mediocre. I believe that if you are going to be passionate about your job, you have to be happy where you are, and I wanted to be part of a company that consistently demonstrated an excellent reputation. I felt it was also important to surround myself with colleagues who do exactly what I do and be able to exchange ideas with them and learn from them. I am grateful to be part of a team that is kind, collaborative, and always willing to help. I am excited about my job, the projects we work on, and the fact that I am not pigeonholed. I enjoy solving problems and making sure that our clients are satisfied and have everything they need. The NDA culture aligns with my values of integrity, kindness, and helpfulness.”

Satisfied and grateful

Lynn describes herself as brave, resilient, and honest. Although she does not consider herself a social butterfly, she enjoys meeting and working with new people. She believes that these traits have helped her in her career and personal life.

“I think it is important to be able to talk to clients honestly and advise them based on experience, and to do that, you have to be brave. Leading teams to talk to the clients and providing solutions in a pragmatic way is paramount for me.”

When Lynn is not working, she enjoys a plethora of sports, jogging with her dogs, and spending time outdoors. She loves to learn and is currently taking drumming lessons and learning Italian.

Lynn looks forward to leading more teams, and ultimately helping more clients.

“Working closely with my teams and helping clients succeed makes me happy. I always try to support my team to the best of my ability, so that they can enjoy the project and ultimately better support the client; it’s a win-win for everyone.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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