Meet DR Kim Lilley, Research and Development Manager
A day at the office
A typical day doesn’t exist for Dr. Kim. Communication with all areas of the business is vital. Mornings are spent getting in touch with colleagues in Asia to catch them before the end of their working day, catching up on the latest developments. There will always be multiple projects to juggle at any one time, alongside researching new ideas and engineering tech specs for them.
Kim is quick to acknowledge that a woman in her field is a rarity: “Most bio-engineering professionals are men, that’s just a thing. My Masters course was 85% men. Although it could be seen as a hindrance, I tried to see it as an opportunity to show that I was just as good as the men.” Kim regularly returns to the University of Exeter as a guest speaker and lecturer.
This experience is something she’d like to pass on to anyone starting out in their career, along with the advice to pursue the field you love: “Do something that you enjoy, because you have to spend so much time doing it. If you don’t want to do it, your motivation will waver. The reaction I get when great test results and customer feedback come through on a shoe is worth every bit of effort I put in. Because I know I’ve created something that really works.”
Well said, Kim.