The Medical Revolutionary
Dr Margaret Anne Craig from Lanarkshire pioneered a revolutionary new product for repairing the heart. She splits her time between Scotland and Japan, while balancing motherhood. I have always worked very hard, that came from my Dad. I studied for 12 years to get my degree, Masters and PHD. During that time, I had my first child. I wanted to work part-time, but there were few jobs available. So I took a low paid technical job as it allowed me to be at home with the kids. I was trying to get promoted which was very difficult. You get frustrated because you go through school to get qualifications, and by your late 20s it could all be lost. When my youngest daughter was four, I was interviewed for a full-time post. I knew I was highly qualified for it, but I was told that because my husband was working, they gave the job to a man who was just married as he “needed to support his wife”. I’ve encountered that a couple of times. I felt as though my 12 years of studying wasn’t worth it and considered giving up. But then the University of Glasgow became interested in redeveloping stem cell technologies and it received funding, so I was asked on board. After that, we gained more investment and set up Clyde Biosciences in 2012 and I became CEO. As a woman, I have felt I have had to work harder than the men in the boardroom. I constantly felt like I had to prove myself. It’s like people are waiting for you to fail. Some men love working with women, and others don’t. Someone once said to me ‘I have a problem working with you and that’s because you are female’. In the boardroom, surrounded by men in a pack, I felt so isolated as a female. I’ve had a better experience in the boardrooms of Japan than in Scotland. Now I need to get some work-life balance back. It’s been a sacrifice for my family the last few years. I gave up lots of weekends. Now I am based at home and travelling and this is the first week in four years that I have made my daughter’s dinner three nights in a row. Now I want to not feel like I have to prove myself.
‘As a woman, I’ve felt I had to work harder than the men in the boardroom.’
Top, Ben de Lisi, £40, dress, The Collection, £35, all at Debenhams. Hair and make-up: Gemma Korn.