What does a 10k run and karate have to do with clinical research?

To succeed in them requires determination and dedication; two qualities that we rate highly when identifying new members for our team. These are also qualities our newest recruits have in abundance. We’re delighted to confirm that IAOCR, has recently expanded their team with two senior hires in Karen Ruthven, Global Head of Competence Services, and Kerry Thomas, Accreditation Quality Officer.

Dedicated to supporting the enhancement and future of the international clinical research industry, IAOCR thinks the recruitment of talent is central to the success of an organization. Two fundamental factors of talent recruitment are competency and chemistry. Can the person ably do the job you’re recruiting them for and do they fit with your organization?

While it might appear one can be determined on paper (competency) and chemistry can be determined in the meeting, this really depends on what experience and recognition the individual has. If, they are accredited by a widely recognized and respected organization that can serve to build the recruiters confidence in their abilities. If they are not accredited, then you have to be confident in your interview process to determine what abilities and expertise they will bring to the role. Beyond this, there is the chemistry factor which is completely unique to each organization and recruiting individual.

This is the approach we take when recruiting individuals and strive to ensure we are a team of competent and committed individuals.

  • Karen joins the team with over 30 years’ experience in the clinical research industry combined with a proven passion for people development. Having previously supported IAOCR as Director of Training and Education, we are confident that her expertise will enhance our offering to the industry.
  • Kerry’s background combines education and clinical research; her industry experience will provide her with invaluable insights to support IAOCR’s mission to transform the world of clinical research.

Beyond these professional qualities Karen keeps fit by walking and running in the British countryside and Kerry is the 2nd Dan in Shotokan Karate. We are delighted to have Karen and Kerry’s expertise on board and we hope you too will directly benefit from it!