Alyson Fox is Director of Grants at the Wellcome Trust. She obtained her PhD in Pharmacology from King’s College London and then spent three years undertaking postdoctoral research at UCL, before being awarded a Wellcome Trust Fellowship to work at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College. Alyson then joined Novartis and spent 13 years in drug discovery, initially as a lab head and later as Disease Area Head, leading a team of 60+ researchers and responsible for building a portfolio of projects from target discovery to Phase 2 clinical trial. She has experience in neuroscience, respiratory and gastrointestinal research areas. In 2010 Alyson joined the Wellcome Trust where she is responsible for the governance and management of grant giving activities and peer review.