Fellow: Culpan
Elected: 2023
Discipline: Professional, Educational and Public Sector Leadership
Ms Alison Culpan
Scotland Director, Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry
Alison has played a leading role within the Scottish life sciences sector, in particular the pharmaceutical sector, for over 20 years. She began her career with ICI, now AZ.. There she was sponsored through a law degree and developed into an expert on government affairs.
In 1999, she moved to GSK where she complimented her skill set taking on roles in Scottish affairs, communications and global issues. Almost as a hobby on top of the day job, Alison looked for avenues to use industry “know how’ and resources to create partnerships of mutual benefit to society and industry. Recognition of one of these partnerships resulted in the Private / Public Partnership Award from the Scottish Businesswomen’s Association.
A lifetime of experience touching most aspects of the pharmaceutical sector means she is well placed to represent the industry in Scotland through her current role as Director for the ABPI.
Alison has served on the courts of 2 Scottish universities namely, Caledonian and Strathclyde and now channels her philanthropy through Glasgow Trades House. A keen golfer and tennis player results in her never achieving the peak of Maslow’s hierarchy, but her tenacity means she keeps trying!