STEM LEADING LADY
Experienced Biomedical Engineer Kelly Coverdale has been named Chief Technical Officer at Brisbane-based, innovative medical device development company Field Orthopaedics, to guide the growth and efficiency of the business.
With extensive medical engineering industry practice incorporating medical device product development, and asset and maintenance management of medical devices and systems, Coverdale’s key areas of expertise include design control, risk management and medical device regulation. Her previous roles include R&D Engineer and Team Leader at Cook Medical and Biomedical Engineer/Manager of Biomedical Engineering at Greenslopes Private Hospital.
Coverdale is excited by Field Orthopaedics’ foundation for success. “The focus on innovation through collaboration at Field Orthopaedics rather than a specific product sets it apart from many young companies,” said Coverdale. “The founders and employees are intelligent, passionate professionals dedicated to realising solutions for surgeons and patients in orthopaedics. My role will be to enable the technical team to deliver high quality solutions efficiently, which will directly contribute to the company’s ongoing growth.”
Field Orthopaedics currently has 11 products in the market or in development, and Coverdale is looking forward to steering these to commercialisation with the team of highly talented biomedical engineers that the business is nurturing as part of its growth. “As CTO of Field Orthopaedics, I am committed to the growth of the medical technology industry in Queensland and to fostering opportunities for graduates. Australia produces an astounding number of biomedical engineering graduates despite the small industry to support their transition to professional practice and the potential is incredible.”
Coverdale also noted that employing a female CTO sets Field Orthopaedics apart from many other organisations. “Field Orthopaedics is passionate about the promotion of Women in STEM. Under CEO Dr Chris Jeffery it has a very gender-balanced workplace where talent is identified from various internships and professional arenas and then given great opportunity to thrive across the range of projects in development. I’m personally driven to challenge myself to achieve a high standard outside familiar territory. I come from a long line of farmers, and my Grandfather once commented, ‘If you were born a boy, you could have taken over the farm’, to which I replied, ‘thankfully I was brave enough to challenge tradition to become an engineer’. He thought about this, raised his head, smiled and nodded. His pride, despite his generational thinking, demonstrated to me the power of this approach.”
Words by Ashley Hanger – F Magazine. Shared with permission from F Magazine