An interview with … Martin Rolfe (Head of IT)

An interview with … Martin Rolfe (Head of IT)

03Oct2019 | Blog
An interview with Martin

SQN has continued to be at the forefront of providing advanced innovative technological solutions to the healthcare industry for more than two decades, from the development of our own bespoke EDC system and more recently the release of our intuitive ePRO application and advanced analytics. As we move further into the 21st century, where our industry will be ever more reliant upon technology, we have recently appointed a new Head of IT, Martin Rolfe, to spearhead our future developments. We spoke with Martin to find out a little more about him …

Martin Rolfe

What drew you to SQN Clinical?

Many things drew me to SQN, especially the fact that I knew the history and great reputation of SQN over the years and had previously worked with a few of the people there.  I’d worked in the preclinical CRO business for many years and was looking for a move into the clinical world as well as a change of lifestyle, avoiding long commutes etc.

Before working at SQN, what was the most unusual or interesting job you had in your career?

In 2008 I was given the chance to spend 2 weeks in China, looking at 2 Chinese GLP facilities in Beijing and Shanghai.   It was a fascinating trip and the places and people were wonderful. Luckily it wasn’t all work and I was able to visit both the Forbidden City and the Great Wall, despite the intense heatwave and Olympic fever that was going on at the time.

How important is technology to the healthcare sector?

Technology is key to the success of the sector and SQN.  In previous roles I have helped and guided the implementation of many new systems, both off-the-shelf and in house written systems, many of which are still in daily use now.  Without these advances and efforts in IT systems/technology companies like SQN wouldn’t be able to compete and innovate in the way that we do.

Do you have a favourite quote?

I’ll have to mention my Italian friend who I used to weight train with, who seemed to have a quote for all situations.  For example, when you lost your form and started to take shortcuts with the exercise you’d hear loudly “If I wanted to see a cheater, I’d go to the Zoo!”.  Extra effort was required!

What would people be surprised to know about you?

I grew up on a farm that was only 5 miles from the SQN office I now work in!  I’ve worked in many places over the past 30 years, but it’s great to be working locally again.

When are you at your happiest?

Probably when I’m solving a problem, especially if it has an IT angle.  I also like the simple pleasures in life…. Family time, walking the dog, Apple tech! etc.


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