Alistair Macdonald

Medicines Discovery Catapult

Alistair is Chief Executive Officer at Syneos Health and has over 20 years experience in the biopharmaceutical industry. He currently serves as the Chair of the Association of Clinical Research Organisations.

Prior to Syneos Health, he served as CEO of INC Research since 2016, leading global operations, driving the company’s global expansion, overall project delivery and implementation of new technologies, processes and solutions.

Alistair joined INC Research in 2002 and served in multiple roles including INC’s Head of Global Business Development and Marketing, Head of Alliances Development and Delivery teams, head of Global Oncology, and President of Clinical Development Services. He has held management positions in the pharmaceutical industry across manufacturing, consultancy, business and corporate development, data management, and clinical operations.

Alistair has a Master of Science in Environmental Diagnostics from Cranfield University, a Bachelor of Science (Honors) in Applied Geology from Plymouth Polytechnic, and a Diploma from the UK Institute of Directors.