John Lafferty

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John Lafferty, B. Tech. in Manufacturing Technology, Cert. Training & Continuing Education, Cert. Quality Management, is a Quality professional with over 25 years experience in the medical device and pharmaceutical industry. John joined SQT as a tutor in 2007. Prior to that, John spent many years working in the Medical Devices and Pharmaceutical Packaging manufacturing sectors – the final 6 years of which were as a Senior Manager of a multinational Medical Devices plant where he managed the Quality, Regulatory, Environmental and Health & Safety Management Systems. John completed his Lean Six Sigma Black Belt training through SQT in 2009 and derives great benefit from applying the techniques that he learned to Risk Management and Validation in a Life Sciences setting. “It is great to be able to bring this knowledge and the experience gained from ongoing involvement with Life Sciences companies into the classroom,” he says. John passionately believes that the key to success in Life Sciences Manufacturing is the relentless application Risk Management and Validation Practices.

As the SQT tutor for Technical Writing Skills, John believes that good written communication skills are vital for any Life Sciences professional.

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"It is important to realise that good writing is less about the rules of grammar and more about stepping into the shoes of the reader and looking at the subject from his/her perspective"

- John Lafferty

Student Testimonials

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I found the Technical Writing Skills course very practical and very relevant to our business, high point was analysing our reports we had previously written

– Thelma McManus, Inventory Analyst, Forest Laboratories

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“Possibly the best delivered one day course I have ever attended” (Technical Writing Skills)

– Kevin Carroll, Senior Maintenance Engineer, Bristol-Myers Squibb

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John is a very professional tutor who used exercises from industry

– Paul Zhang, Plastic & Technical Engineering Manager, Laerdal Medical (Suzhou), Co. Ltd, China

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When not writing in a technical sense, John likes to do a little creative writing in the form of poetry. He is a regular contributor to the North West Words writers group and describes his style as closer to Paul Durcan than Seamus Heaney. In 2014 John achieved a lifelong ambition and ran the Dublin City marathon. “I had not run a step in the previous five years and went from couch to 26.2 miles in ten months” he says. “I trained every week and then missed four of the vital final seven weeks due to illness, but still managed to keep running for the entire race. It just shows once again that anyone can achieve anything, provided they do the preparation”.

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Notified Body View of Implementation of EN...

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