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The ISPE UK Affiliate Annual Conference is on next month!

On the 22nd November we are sponsoring an exhibition at the event in Windsor. This year’s even focuses on Future Pharma: Paradigm Shift or Business as Usual? We’re looking forward to seeing you there and are excited for the interesting sessions scheduled for the day. In the evening we will also be attending the Annual Awards Dinner for a grand celebration of the highlights from the industry.

If you would like to learn more about the event, please visit the ISPE website here. ISPE UK Conference

Please read on to find out about the ISPE chosen charity of the year, Prostate Cancer UK, and what it means to us at Scitech.

This year ISPE have kindly chosen Prostate Cancer UK as their beneficiary charity for the UKs Annual Conference. Earlier this year at Scitech we sadly lost Quentin Sharp after a brave battle with prostate cancer. Quentin joined us in 2012 as a Biochemical Engineer after an extensive and fulfilled career in the pharma and biotech industries and became a valued member of our community.  A charity auction will take place during the Awards Dinner where some fantastic prizes can be won in aid of Prostate Cancer UK.

Prostate cancer kills 10,000 every year yet tests, treatments and funding for research lag way behind other common cancers. We believe men deserve better. We look forward to seeing many of you at the Awards Dinner for a chance to win some great prizes and help raise money for such a worthy cause.

Quentin made a big impact on his colleagues and we’d like to share some of their stories with you.

David Jackson – Managing Director at Scitech

I had the pleasure of working with Quentin for the last 6 years at Scitech and shared many journeys with him to and from client sites both in the UK and Europe. Quentin was loved by all our clients with his desire to provide a perfect outcome for them… In the 6 years Quentin was at Scitech, his personality, character and presence shone through as did his humour and humility with all he came in contact with. It has been so clear in all of my discussions with colleagues that Quentin will be very sadly missed by all of us at Scitech.

Ray Charlton – Colleague and Operations Manager

When we hired Quentin we knew we were fortunate in having an intelligent, experienced and respected engineer. He ended up being a very popular person, who delivered on his projects and always had the support of our customers who often requested that they have Quentin working on their projects. He was also a great mentor and support to our process group, who gave his time to help and encourage them when they encountered areas outside their expertise.

Towards the end of his battle with cancer I came to know more of Quentin’s character, as a warm, considerate, caring person, who worked part time to play a major part in the upbringing of his sons and to support his wife Anne’s career. Quentin did remark that he regretted it took him forty years to find a great company to work for, who treated their staff with kindness and respect, even when dispensing hard news.

Quentin was a man of integrity who dealt with his illness with grace. I did comment at one stage that I was so sorry to hear it was terminal and he replied that up till now he had had a good life, lovely family, no real complaints.

Tim Oakley – Colleague and Process Consultant

The things I remember most about Quentin are not particularly about work, but much more his whole approach to life. He was a man for whom the phrase work-life balance could have been invented. He pulled off the clever trick of doing a 32-hour week, while never appearing to do so – everything always got done.

Quentin was seemingly always on the lookout for yet another not-too-dodgy Renault Clio (no more than £1000) for Jon or Tim who needed one, in some slightly hazy circumstances. And his habit of running his own car into the ground led to stories that could only leave you shaking your head in disbelief “but why didn’t you just replace it” and there was always a good reason why not.

My daughter Sophie worked with Scitech for about a year, reporting to Quentin. She still has fond memories of his endless patience, understanding and style. Although she did physics, I’m sure Quentin could have turned her into a decent engineer.

Disappearing most lunchtimes to churn out another few dozen lengths at the Spectrum leisure centre, along with his cycling and other things, he was as fit as the proverbial butchers dog.

We did and still do a lot of work with PHE (Public Health England). Quentin had spent quite a few years at PHE before joining us. Whenever we went down there, he was on first name terms with pretty well everyone, and highly respected. Whenever we bid for a job, it was quite clear that the team wanted Quentin involved. A lot.

The Airwheel – you need to look this up, something like a hoverboard or Segway. It’s the kind of thing that you’d expect a 20-something to be into, but Quentin talked about it endlessly with massive enthusiasm.

Nothing every really seemed to faze him, from the largest to the smallest jobs he just got on with it, with the very neat trick, which I always envied, of being able to get the client to open up.

Quentin wanted to raise awareness of the importance of PSA checks and men’s health in general. We look forward to seeing you all at the ISPE UK Affiliate Annual Conference where we can raise funds for this important cause. You can visit Prostate Cancer UK if you wish to find out more or give support to Prostate Cancer UK.

Please visit the ISPE UK Conference website if you would like to attend the ISPE UK Annual Conference and Awards Dinner – we hope to see you all there.

July 2018