The research-based medicines industry organisation, ABPI, has appointed an Operations Director in Scotland for the first time as it strengthens its work as a key player in Scotland’s Life Sciences sector.


​Sandra Auld joins the ABPI team in Edinburgh from the NHS Scottish Centre for Telehealth where she is Service Development Manager and has been involved in this innovative organisation since its inception in 2006.

Sandra, who originally trained as a nurse in general, children’s and critical care has also worked as part of research teams at Edinburgh and Glasgow Universities and then a Health Policy Manager covering Scotland and Northern Ireland for two different medicines companies.

ABPI Scotland Director, Andy Powrie-Smith says Sandra joins at an important time for the medicines and vaccines sector in Scotland:

“The new Scottish Operations Director role has been created to give ABPI Scotland more capacity to support members and take forward the Value, Innovation, Trust and Access imperatives of the ABPI. Central to the job will be supporting the continuing to inform Scottish healthcare, economic and education policies as the medicines industry plays its part in underpinning Scotland’s strong life sciences sector.

“Sandra brings a wealth of experience to the new role coupled to her invaluable understanding of both the NHS and the medicines industry.”

Sandra, who joins the ABPI at the end of April says she is looking forward to the new challenge:

“Scotland’s medicines sector is an important driver of the health and wealth of Scotland and the ABPI has a central role in providing a strong voice for the 11,000 people whose jobs rely on its continued success in Scotland.

“This is an exciting new role for me and also a continuation of the sort of work I have enjoyed so much in the NHS of creating and building partnerships, of finding ways for people to work together across boundaries for the sake of the best patient care, and of making sure policy and services are designed in the best way for the job.”

Notes to Editors:

An electronic photograph of Sandra Auld is available by clicking here (jpeg file)

Sandra Auld trained in general, sick children's and critical care nursing. She worked as a unit sister in both Glasgow and Ayrshire before undertaking project and team management roles in the Department of Community Medicine at Edinburgh University and the Institute of Biological Life Sciences at Glasgow University.

Sandra left academia for the pharmaceutical industry working with Solvay Healthcare then Boehringer Ingelheim including a secondment to the English NHS Confederation.

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