Tom the Fitness Fanatic

Meet Tom Love, Ethics, Risk & Compliance (ERC) Lead, UK & Ireland at Advanced Accelerator Applications, a pharmaceutical group specialised in the field of nuclear medicine. The group operates in all three segments of nuclear medicine to diagnose and treat serious conditions in the fields of oncology, neurology, cardiology, infectious and inflammatory diseases.

1Can you explain your role in one sentence? It’s hard to explain in one sentence but my role is to ensure the organisation and my colleagues are putting patients first. I give my colleagues advice and support on how they can go about their role in an ethical and compliant manner. We all have a common goal and that is to reimagine medicine to support patients.

2How long have you been doing this job? I transferred from Marketing to Ethics, Risk and Compliance (ERC) in September 2019 but I’ve been working at Advanced Accelerator Applications since 2015.

3Did you find yourself in this role by accident or by design? By accident. I never considered a career in ERC but the opportunity came up and I’ve never looked back. I love my job and work with exceptional people. I want to promote ERC, it doesn’t always have the best reputation which I think is unfounded. It’s a vital function in a pharmaceutical organisation and I want everyone to see the great work my colleagues do as business enablers.

4What’s the best part about your job? The interaction with the various functions. I’m also involved with all aspects of the company, which makes it a varied role. It’s great for personal development, I’ve learnt so much in this role with so much left to learn.

5What’s the strangest thing that has ever happened to you in your job? Covid-19 is probably the strangest thing that’s happened. I started this role 6 months before the pandemic hit. Then suddenly the world changed.

6What do you enjoy doing when you are not at work? I’m a bit of a fitness freak. I get up at 6am to go to the gym and work out for two hours everyday. Although, I do sometimes take Sunday off if I’ve had a drink on Saturday! Eating well is extremely important when it comes to building muscle, so I also watch what I eat. I used to eat meat twice a day, but I’ve cut down and I eat vegan or vegetarian about five days a week now. I am trying to be more aware of our impact on the environment and on animals.

7What do you like about this area? The diversity of the area and the selection of restaurants. I’m a bit of foodie. Our unit had a great evening at Maroush before lockdown.

8Where’s your favourite place to go for lunch in the local area? We usually go to the Marylebone Kitchen on York Street on Fridays. Everyone loves it in the office. They make an incredible Chicken Schnitzel sandwich. Team that with some lentil crisps and you are on to a winner. I highly recommend.

9Who is YOUR hero and what is it about them that inspires you? My dad. He left school young and worked hard to create his own business. He’s been very supportive of me and without him I wouldn’t be where I am today, he’s the reason for my success in my career.

10If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would it be?Africa. My other two passions are astronomy and wildlife. Africa is a ‘dark sky destination’ and I would love to spend the day looking at the wildlife and the evenings staring at the stars without any of the light pollution we get in Europe and in particular, London!