Loughborough Alumni

Our alumni

Charles Clayton

CEO: Primary Trauma Care Foundation

Charles graduated in 1970 with a BSc in Civil Engineering. He now works for a health foundation training doctors and health professionals around the world.

Why did you choose to study at Loughborough University?

It was considered the best place to study engineering and I was given an unconditional place to study there even though I was a year ahead at school. I also loved the campus and the careers teacher at my school said that this was an excellent university to go to.

How has Loughborough University inspired you and helped you to progress in your career?

The staff, teachers and lecturers really inspired me. The faculty were absolutely committed and were experts in their field and I was sitting in front of the best people in the industry. The culture of the University was also very aspirational; it did not rely on history but rather strived to be the best and the most cutting-edge institution.

Would there be one piece of advice that you would give to current or prospective students looking to study at Loughborough?

Look at the entire field, including Loughborough’s competitors, and you’ll find that Loughborough has lots to offer. Make sure you follow your passions and do the things you really want.

Can you tell us more about the organisation you are currently working for?

I eventually left engineering and now have two roles. I work for a health foundation that trains doctors and health professionals in the treatment of severe injuries where there is an extreme shortage of equipment and facilities; we do this in more than 75 countries around the world. I also run a consultancy that coaches and mentors the leaders of national and international non-profit organisations.

What are the challenges you have faced in your career journey so far?

My biggest challenge has been internal. When faced with exciting opportunities that were beyond my experience, I had to overcome doubts, learn fast and grasp the situation in front of me.

What do you love the most about your job?

In my leadership coaching I enjoy seeing people succeed beyond their own expectations. And in the health foundation I simply love the outcome: it is saving thousands of lives every year amongst some of the most vulnerable and suffering people in the world.

What has been the proudest moment of your career so far?

I think it’s been setting up an NGO programme that was genuinely assisting some of the neediest people the West Bank and Gaza strip. I’m proud that we got something going that would help so many; our vision was “a better future for 100,000 children” and when I left the organisation it was well on its way to that.

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