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Aisling Burnand, MBE

Chief Executive, Association of Medical Research Charities

Aisling Burnand is the chief executive of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC). Prior to AMRC, she was executive director of policy and public affairs at Cancer Research UK and chief executive of BioIndustry Association, where she championed UK biosciences, leading on issues including regenerative medicine and animals in research. Burnand also headed international media relations for Rhone-Poulenc and was a director at the Rowland Company. In 2007, she received the rank of member of the Order of the British Empire for services to science. Since 2012, Burnand has run a coaching practice providing support for senior leaders in business. In addition, she is a trustee for the Campaign for Science and Engineering.