Annora Thoeng - KHPeople

Annora ThoengWhat is your role within King’s Health Partners?  

I work with the King's College London School of Neuroscience as a Communications Manager. Before I started my career in communications, I was a research technician for around 12 years. Unfortunately, I developed a repetitive strain injury so I felt that my research career was probably over. However, I realised I still want to be close to research and I enjoy talking about it. It’s one of the best parts of my job, getting to promote the great research that’s happening across the partnership.    

What do you enjoy most about your role? 

I enjoy the variety of research that I get exposed to. I think I get the best out of it: hearing the successful stories and getting to meet a lot of people. I get to be there to cheer on our researchers, the moment they publish a research paper or when they are working on exciting research projects. As part of my role, I translate research findings so researchers can connect with make their work accessible to the public.   

One particular highlight for me was definitely organizing a recent royal visit. The visit was to see Professor Steve Williams at the Department of Neuroimaging and to learn about his work introducing portable MRI to various countries in Africa and Asia. The research has a huge global impact so I'm very proud to have been a part of making that visit happen and helping to put that research out there for the public so its impact could be shared more widely.   

What are the benefits of working in partnership? 

The benefit of the partnership it reminds you that the work that you're doing means something.  

Our work has a greater impact beyond where we work. Sometimes we can fall into thinking what we are doing is really small, but actually the partnership reminds us that we are contributing to a greater good. I think that's the benefit of being a part of King’s Health Partners.    

What would be your career top tip?  

Fake it till you make it. I think we all experience insecurities and we all get nervous from time to time. It’s important to always remember that you are there for a reason. You're in your role because you were chosen as the best person for that role. So be confident and believe in yourself. 

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