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“A mentor can elevate your career” – 60 seconds with Lyndsey Watson, Chief Operating Officer, Wellola

By Business & Finance
30 April 2024
A headshot of Lyndsey Watson COO of Wellola
Pictured: Lyndsey Watson, Chief Operating Officer at Wellola

Lyndsey Watson is Chief Operating Officer at Wellola, the digital health platform provider that empowers patients to self-manage their care

What was your first job?

My first job was as a hockey coach while studying in university. I couldn’t believe I was getting paid so well to do something I loved so much!

What pushed you to pursue a career in this field?

I have always been passionate about healthcare, and have been involved in the Industry since the age of 18 when I started studying Physiotherapy. Having worked for close to a decade in the Medical device sector, a move into HealthTech with Wellola was something I was drawn towards as it afforded me the opportunity to be involved in a digital health company that directly impacts patient outcomes, healthcare accessibility, and population health, at a scale that couldn’t be matched elsewhere.

What would you regard as your greatest achievement to date?

One of my most significant professional achievements has been transitioning smoothly from a successful career in the medical device industry to the HealthTech space. In a short time, I have supported Wellola to maintain International ISMS certification, forged strategic partnerships, and helped to build a high-performing team. Beyond these business achievements, my greatest achievements are my two children, raising them with my husband and buying our forever home.

Career wise, would you do anything differently?

For years I considered going back to university to study Medicine, but I am happy now with the path I have chosen, as my current role allows me to be involved in healthcare on a daily basis, but have the opportunities and flexibility that the tech industry affords you.

In one sentence, how would you define success?

Success for me is very simple – good health, a happy family and fulfilment in my career by bringing value to other people’s lives.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

After gaining experience in your field and achieving some level of success, it is important to get a mentor. A mentor can elevate your career by imparting their expertise and insights to you.

How do you motivate yourself and your staff?

Being part of a company and a team that contributes directly in such an impactful way on patients and healthcare providers lives is extremely rewarding.

How do you handle adversity?

I try to stay as calm as possible when faced with a problem or issue. Maintaining a stable emotional state in the moment is key to provide reassurances to your team, but then giving yourself the time to take a step back and solutionise a way forward.

How do you relax?

I love spending time in the west of Ireland with my family, it is my happy place. The beach, fresh air and good laughs – it doesn’t get much better than that.

What is your favourite (non-business) book?

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owen

What are your aspirations for the future of the business?

I would love to see our product ‘Portasana’ become a household name and something that is used by, and adds value to millions of patients across the world.


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