Ruth Clements

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I came to an open day at Benchmark while getting ready to study a Veterinary degree, and what I heard that day has shaped my career to date.

Ruth Clements

Head of Veterinary Programmes for Benchmark Animal Health, UK

Ruth Clements is Head of Veterinary Programmes for Benchmark Animal Health.

1. How long have you been with Benchmark?

In total over 15 years.

2. Where were you before and why did you join Benchmark? (eg. background, education, passion)

I came to an open day at Benchmark while getting ready to study a Veterinary degree, and what I heard that day has shaped my career to date.

3. Can you describe your role? (eg. responsibilities, where you are based etc)

I spent the first few years working at our R&D site in Oxford, and in the last two years I have taken responsibility for technical programmes and drug safety across all species in the Animal Health part of Benchmark. I also work across Benchmark developing the Balanced Health framework, which describes our approach to developing solutions to some of the major blockers to sustainability across animal species.

4. What’s your favourite part of the role?

My primary motivation has always been all about having the chance to improve the lives of animals and the producers who farm them. I love it when we can see that we are achieving this, it’s what gets me out of bed in the morning.

5. What’s your biggest challenge?

I think time is certainly my biggest challenge – I could very easily fill several life times with the amount I would like to achieve professionally, and then it feels like every time I look at my children they have grown and changed just a little bit and I want to enjoy every moment. I really need to live to at least 90, and that means I also need more time for exercise, sleep and meditation.

6. Tell us about the people you work with

I am fortunate enough to work with some very knowledgeable and talented people, but in addition to this I see something special – an invisible thread that holds many of these individuals together and is something that I glimpsed during that open day many years ago. It is an intense desire to do good in our world, to use our skills and our values to make positive change and I think we should be proud of this and hang on to it.

7. If you were CEO for the day, what would you do?

I’m not wise enough to be CEO – on the basis that wisdom equals knowledge plus courage, I have work to do on both!