A day in the life

Let's get to know our team a bit more, and what it’s like to work at Oxford Heartbeat.

Zayneb McDonald, MSc
Head of Ops and Non-Clinical Partnerships

What is your role at Oxford Heartbeat? How long have you been at the company?

I’m Zayneb, I’ve been at Oxford Heartbeat since November 2020. My role is Head of Operations and Non-Clinical Partnerships.

Walk us through a typical day for you at Oxford Heartbeat

That’s tricky to answer, there’s no typical day and that’s what I love. The Ops side of my role means I wear many different hats; one day can involve anything from meetings with the team and our consultants to discuss our regulatory strategy, running interviews for new hires, having 121s with the team to discuss their progress against KPIs, managing our funded projects or working with external partners on isolated projects ranging from market sizing, website rebrands, our social media presence or our clinical trials. The other part of my role is more externally focused on building our non-clinical partnerships and profile, so this may involve attending healthtech events, managing press, investor relationships or any other key stakeholder groups.

I chose to work at Oxford Heartbeat because…

I was at a point in my career where I wanted to make a change, I was searching for more meaning in my work. As cringey as it sounds I wanted to work somewhere that made the world a better place. I wanted to work for a purpose driven start-up in healthtech. I was searching for a company whose mission I believed in, a founder who I thought had lots of integrity that I would enjoy working with closely and a business case that I thought would grow exponentially. I found all of those things here!

What excites you about the future of Oxford Heartbeat?

I think we are at a very exciting new juncture. I see it as the second phase where we get to take our technology out into the world and see the impact it has on patients, surgeons and the healthcare systems.

A fun fact about me is…

In primary school, my friends and I were obsessed with the Spice Girls. My friends and I would learn their dances, dress up as them (I was Scary Spice) and sell tickets for £1 in the playground for our classmates to watch us perform. Arguably my favourite business venture.


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