As part of the Future Worlds Medicine team, Natasha Nater is producing inspiring events and compelling creative content to support aspiring entrepreneurs in healthcare to develop high impact businesses. Natasha brings her combined experience in marketing theory and video production to the team along with organisation skills developed from previous roles within Student and Academic Administration at the University of Southampton.
Growing up in Southampton, Natasha attended Barton Peveril College, where she excelled in creative subjects such as textiles, media and film and enjoyed developing independent music videos for local bands in the area.
Natasha completed an honours degree in Television Production at Bournemouth University, where she specialised in editing and was fortunate to gain work experience within an established record label in the music industry. More recently, she has applied the creative streak she discovered during her studies to the design and creation of hand embroidery pieces for an online store she plans to launch within the year.
After graduating, Natasha’s passion for film led her back to Southampton where she worked for an independent cinema and a financial services provider, building invaluable customer service experience. These posts inspired her to devote her free time towards a marketing-orientated career pathway.
“Returning to education was a rewarding experience which provided me with a detailed knowledge of marketing theory, whilst the logistics of part-time study gave me an opportunity to develop a more disciplined approach to time management,” she says. Whilst studying towards her Chartered Institute of Marketing qualifications, Natasha moved to a temporary role within the University of Southampton Student Records team, before securing a permanent administrative role within the Faculty of Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences.
“I knew that I wanted to work in a marketing role within the University but was also aware that it would be beneficial to build a strong understanding of the procedures and values underpinning the organisation in order to achieve this,” she explains. “Working and communicating first-hand with students and academics provided me with a unique insight into the needs, wants and aspirations of the University audience that Future Worlds is reaching out to.”
Natasha is ecstatic to land the role of Events and Communications Officer within Future Worlds Medicine. “It incorporates all of my previous experiences and knowledge into one role,” she says. “I am really looking forward to using my skills and background of working with University staff and students to add value to the team and widen the network into the medical sector.”
If you are an enthusiastic student or member of staff with a medical startup or idea, would like to hear more about a Future Worlds Medicine event or even publicise a medical event that will contribute to Southampton’s entrepreneurial culture, then please get in touch with Natasha using the contact form on this page.
Natasha feels passionately about supporting the growth of Future Worlds Medicine. “I am enjoying being part of such a creative-minded team that has the power to create such a huge impact for enterprise within the University and am looking forward to the breadth and variety of my role,” she adds.
As part of Future Worlds Medicine, Natasha will be supporting the growth of medical startups and spinouts and understands the importance of developing these ideas to fill the needs of the medical industry. “It is imperative that a strong link be made between University research and the medical sector in order for ground-breaking discoveries to reach out and have a beneficial impact on the public,” she says.
Natasha believes that over the last two years the success of Future Worlds has already been evidenced in the ongoing achievements of startups it has supported. “My aim is to build on Future Worlds’ successes, to grow our network of medical mentors, investors and experts and to ultimately support the University in revolutionising healthcare.”