Business Growth Hub Mentor Alan Ashby is Director Technology Assessment at DePuy Synthes, part of the Johnson and Johnson family of companies, and global leaders in providing healthcare solutions in orthopaedics, spinal care, sports medicine and neurosciences.
Alan has been a business mentor for over ten years, supporting both his own colleagues and business people who have approached him independently. He has mentored a number of people within the medical industry including working with NHS senior managers and has extensive experience of working with people to develop their roles within both the public and private sectors.
Alan has not had a formal mentor himself during his career but has had informal support from colleagues over the years, which he found very useful in his own progression.
Alan currently mentors two people and is very aware of the business environment in which his mentees operate and the challenges facing them, particularly financial issues and managing relationships with clients including the NHS and distributors.
As a mentor Alan very much enjoys developing up and coming staff as well as helping business owners to look at some of the issues affecting their development and success. Alan says: “Business owners and people running small teams can often feel quite isolated, especially in the early years as they are developing the business or role, so being exposed to someone in a mentoring role who can give you additional insight into your industry is really valuable.”