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New head of policy and public affairs of AMRC announced

Published: 17 May 2016

Nisha Tailor has been appointed as the new Head of Policy and Public Affairs of the Association of Medical Research Charities.

Nisha joins AMRC from the pharmaceutical company Novartis, where she led on government affairs since 2014.

With over a decade’s experience in politics and policy, Nisha brings new strengths to AMRC to complement the high-level skills already in the team. She has a passionate interest in the health research sector and we feel confident she will be able to continue and develop AMRC’s excellent policy and influencing work.

Nisha said: "Medical research has the power and potential to change lives. I am delighted to be joining AMRC and look forward to maximising the influence and impact of AMRC and the health and medical research charities it represents."

Nisha began her career in politics, working in the House of Commons as a parliamentary assistant to several MPs. She then became a policy officer at the Labour Party, working closely with ministers and special advisers on health and education issues. Nisha also spent a number of years leading health policy and public affairs campaigns at Munro & Forster Communications and Hannover Communications. 


For further information please contact Sara Ellis, s.ellis@amrc.org.uk, 0207 685 2624.


  1. The Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) is the national membership organisation for the health and medical research charity world, influencing the policy and research environments by harnessing the collective strengths of our members, to demonstrate the sector’s positive impact on health and wellbeing.
  2. AMRC has 133 members which include the largest health and medical charities in the UK: the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, and the Wellcome Trust. All members, large and small, work to the same high standards ensuring that every pound they spend on research is invested in lifesaving research of the very highest quality.
  3. In 2014, health and medical research charities:
    • Invested £1.3bn in research here in the UK
    • Financed capital projects worth £111m
    • Funded the salaries of at least 12,000 researchers.
  4. AMRC membership is the hallmark of quality research funding. Our members demonstrate this quality through:
    • Funding high-quality work by following AMRC standards in peer review
    • Producing a policy on conflicts of interest
    • Publishing a research strategy.
  5. The government recognises AMRC membership as an indicator of quality. Because of their high-quality peer review processes, AMRC members’ funding in universities attracts additional quality-related (QR) funding from the charity research support element of QR (known as the charity research support fund or CRSF). Similarly, under AcoRD the Department of Health in England meets some of the additional study support costs of charity-funded research in the NHS, but only for those charities that are members of AMRC.