Dr Alison Messom


Institute of Clinical Research


A molecular geneticist by training, Dr. Alison Messom has nearly 20 years of industry experience, working both within Pharmaceutical Companies and Clinical Research Organisations and is the current Chairman of the Board of Directors of the ICR.

With detailed experience of directing global clinical trials, Dr. Messom has worn many different hats during her career. She has had the opportunity to travel far and wide on business; lived in the UK, France and Switzerland, and gained operational experience in over 50 countries and line management in over 30.

During the course of her career she has line managed at all levels from CTAs through to Directors and VPs. At both i3 Research and ICON she helped build a new department of dedicated line managers for CRAs and also Start Up teams. While within the Pharma environment she line managed teams within Study and Project Management, Clinical Supplies, Translational Medicine, Data Management, Statistics, Informatics and IT – showing that line management skills are transferrable across functional areas.

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