Hart Biologicals has appointed Jennifer Feasby as the company’s Quality Manager.
Jennifer, who hails from Kirklevington, left the North East to attend Queen Mary University and Westfield College of London where she studied a BSc in Molecular Biology.
After graduating, Jennifer came back to the North East because of what she describes as her ‘love for the region’.
She started her career as a food microbiologist before moving into laboratory management. Finally finding herself at the University Hospital of North Tees as Head of Microbiology and Quality Management in the NHS’s pharmaceutical quality control laboratory.
Jennifer said: “I have always veered toward the quality aspect of things throughout my career and about eight years ago, whilst I was working in the NHS, I had the opportunity to move into it fulltime. I just knew it was exactly where I wanted to be because of how much I really enjoy it.”
Whilst with the NHS, Jennifer not only took on the added responsibilities of Quality Management in its labs, she also undertook the challenge of gaining her Master’s in Business Administration at Teesside University.
Jennifer said: “I undertook an MBA because I wanted to move into a senior management role, and understand how businesses as a whole operated, not just the area I worked in.
“I think it’s allowed me to understand what motivates people from different areas and levels within a company.”
When asked about her role at Hart Biologicals, Jennifer said: “I’ve come into the business as Quality Manager so I will be ensuring that everything that is manufactured here is compliant with standards, including both ISO and MHRA.
“There are a lot of things I’m looking forward to doing here. There has already been a great grounding in quality within the company, but the nature of quality is you can always improve.
“There’s a lot I’ve learnt in my time at the NHS that I want to put into use so that it can benefit Hart Biologicals and build on the brilliant work it already does.”
Jennifer likes to spend her spare time walking with her two sons Jonathan, 16, and Matthew, 14.
Jennifer said: “My boys are my absolute life. A couple of years ago I did the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge with Jonathan and this year he’s motivated me to undertake the Thousand Mile Challenge where we have to hike a thousand miles in a year. He’s incredibly fit and puts the rest of us to shame.”
Jennifer concluded: “I really like it here and I feel I’ve made a really good move because of how passionate everyone is. You can see how impassioned Alby is about the company and he instils that in everyone else. There’s a definite friendly vibe here too.
“It’s amazing to think how much progress the company has made over the years and the fact we have an R&D department as well as manufacturing proves the ideology the company has of advancement. I’m excited to be working within a company that is forwar thinking.”