Ishbel MacPherson joined Health Data Research UK (HDR UK) as Head of Contracts in December 2021. Ishbel brings broad experience of contracting for research and use of research outputs, having advised funders, universities, research partners, licensees, spin-out companies and investors on research related contracts prior to joining Health Data Research UK (HDR UK).

Ishbel trained at Dundas & Wilson CS (now CMS Scotland) and qualified as a solicitor in 1998. She has worked for international law firms advising a wide range of private, public and third sector clients across the technology, life sciences and universities sectors. She has also worked in-house at the University of Edinburgh, advising on the university’s research, knowledge transfer and commercialisation activities. She holds a Master’s Degree in French (MA Hons), a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and a Diploma in Legal Practice (DipLP) from the University of Edinburgh.