Aisling Burnand MBE is a cancer patient and a lifelong supporter of health research. In 2021, she was diagnosed with bowel cancer and stepped down from her full-time position, deciding to dedicate her time and experience to advocating for better patient outcomes from research. Her most recent role was Chief Executive of the Association of Medical Research Charities where she represented the interests of over 150 medical research charities and the patients they serve.

Aisling is a passionate supporter of the responsible use of data for research and care, as well as Patient and Public Involvement, and consequently she has collaborated with many organizations in the area of data, including Understanding Patient Data and HDRUK. She served on the Research Advisory Group to NHS Digital and on the NHS Digitrials Advisory Board. She was also an advisor to The Brain Tumour Charity’s ‘BRAIN’ Database patient panel.

Aisling’s previous roles include Chief Executive of the BioIndustry Association and Executive Director of Policy and Public Affairs at CRUK. She is currently a trustee of LifeArc, a medical research charity. She was awarded an MBE in 2007 for services to science.