Alasdair Rankin joined the blood cancer research charity Bloodwise as Director of Research in 2016. Previously he was Director of Research at Diabetes UK from 2012 to 2015 where he developed the organisations current research strategy, including leading the establishment of diabetes Clinical Studies Groups and broadening engagement of people living with diabetes in research. He began working for research funders at Cancer Research UK, where he held various roles including leading the research funding operations team and establishing and leading the research strategy team, contributing to the development and implementation of Cancer Research UK’s 2011-15 research strategy.