The Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) has shined the spotlight on Dr Nik Kotecha OBE, LLEP board member and CEO of Morningside Pharmaceutical Ltd.
Nik draws on his expertise in R&D and worldwide ethnic and cultural diversities gained through visiting most continents, and experience of exporting Healthcare products worldwide. Nik grew up in Leicestershire and has a strong passion for giving back to the local community, country and International Aid Sectors.
We caught up with Nik and asked him 10 questions about his job, hobbies and what it means to be a LLEP board member. Here is what he has to say!
- What motivates you?
Making a positive difference to people’s lives and having the opportunity to work with inspirational individuals.
- What do you do for fun/ what are your hobbies?
Spending time with my family and friends and you will regularly catch me watching a sport game. I have a keen interest in economics and like to have an active involvement within political affairs.
- How would you describe a typical Friday evening?
Sharing great food and conversation with family and friends.
- If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I’ve been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to travel to some remarkable and obscure destinations all around the world, especially developing countries through my work with International Aid Agencies. However, I have never been to Australia or New Zealand – but they’re on my list!
- What has been your favourite job role?
Building a business from scratch and developing it to a Large Corporate Enterprise. I take great delight in developing people through mentoring and providing individuals with the skill sets and the opportunity to become leaders.
- What’s your finest achievement in your work?
Making high quality, affordably priced medicines available to the UK market, Charities, NGO’s and International Aid Agencies.
- What has been your most memorable experience (professional or personal)?
Professionally it was a great honour to be invited along with 30 other business leaders to attend a Trade Mission to India with the Prime Minister, Theresa May in November 2016.
Personally would be watching my two children grow up into the incredible young adults they are today.
- What is the one bit of advice would you give to your 18 yr old self?
Reach for the stars and follow your dreams; work hard, be dedicated and patient.
- How long have you been on the LLEP board?
Since 1st July 2017
- As a valued board member, how do you see yourself contributing to the LLEP?
By utilising my knowledge and experiences to bring a commercial and pragmatic approach to decision making. I’m delighted to represent the Life Sciences Sector.
Watch out for more profiles on the LLEP board members in the future!
The LLEP is governed by a Board of 14 leaders representing the private, public and voluntary sector and it is chaired by a leading business representative. The Board provides leadership, oversight, challenge and reviews the delivery of the Strategic Economic Plan (SEP). To find out more about the board members roles and the structure of the LLEP, click here.