Stephanie Murtagh heads up our Life Sciences practice for the UK and Europe. We spoke to her about all things (well, not quite all) Hydrogen…

23 February 2017

On the Life Sciences team

Our practice grew by 26% in 2016, which was a fantastic effort. On top of that one of my direct reports was the company’s top net fee income generator for the year so we had a great year. We have several market-leading businesses and we’re excited at our growth prospects – we’re already investing in our 2018 strategy. What is particularly pleasing for me is the high proportion of promotions that we’ve had in our team.

On careers

It’s very much ‘give and get’ here, there is no ambiguity as to how you get promoted. Succession planning is important so from my senior management team down everyone receives the necessary development to not only do their jobs effectively but fulfil their potential. Everyone knows that what they do makes a difference – our vision is linked back to their goals, their careers and how they’re recognised for their efforts. 

On flexible working

I’m a real advocate of flexible working because it’s been fantastic for me and I want everybody to benefit. I work four days a week as I have a young child so it wouldn’t be possible for me to manage my home life without this set up. It’s great that Hydrogen has listened and taken the feedback of its people on board. We’re always looking at ways in which we can improve the wellbeing and work-life balance of our staff – this is one of the best ways to foster greater accountability and trust. 

On being supported

I’ve personally never felt so supported as I have done here. It’s engrained in the culture. We’ve also got fantastic operations teams, who do such a great job. Without the efforts of our legal and compliance and all our other back office teams, we could not have achieved half of what we’ve done. We’re very spoilt! 

On teamwork

We are a very sociable team, high in solidarity. The team always comes first and we’re united in the ethos of what we want to achieve. We’re very connected and close-knit. We like to take an interest in everyone personally and have a duty of care to coach and develop our people. We always give people a chance and we want everyone to do well. 

On her role

I’m responsible for where and how we grow, as well as the organisational design, so that we have the right people to deliver our vision. I’m also custodian of our key strategic accounts, driving the activities and behaviours to ensure that we offer a quality service to our clients consistently. This also involves constant innovation to adapt to ever-evolving recruitment requirements. As well as my own client commitments, I go on all new business pitches to present the Hydrogen vision and our Life Sciences offering.