Dr Beth Thompson is Head of UK & EU Policy at the
Wellcome Trust. Wellcome is a global foundation that exists
to improve health for everyone by helping great ideas to
thrive. They spend around £1 billion a year to support
research, innovation and public engagement.
Beth leads Wellcome’s UK & EU policy and advocacy
activities, covering issues including Brexit, research
investment and emerging technology.

In 2017 Beth was awarded an MBE for services to science
for successfully advocating against amendments to the EU
General Data Protection Regulation that would have been
severely damaging for research.
Beth holds a PhD from the Medical Research Council
Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge and a
degree in Natural Sciences (Biochemistry) from the
University of Cambridge.