Elliot Dunster (pictured) will start in his new role as executive director of comms at the IFPMA in April. He will manage three members of staff and report to director-general Thomas Cueni. Dunster replaces Abigail Jones, who is retiring but will stay on as a special adviser until the end of this year.

Proactively contributing to the pharmaceutical industry’s reputation through comms and providing insights and solutions to manage the sector’s reputation will be among his main priorities.

IFPMA, which is based in Geneva, represents more than 90 pharma firms and associations around the world.

Global co-operation to discover the next generation of medicines and vaccines is more important than ever, according to Dunster.

In a post on social media today, he said: “Our industry has an incredible story to tell and I’m delighted to be joining the IFPMA to help tell it.”

Dunster will be leaving the ABPI after seven “brilliant” years and said: “I’m incredibly proud of everything we’ve achieved for the #pharma industry in the UK.”

Thomas Cueni, IFPMA director-general, said: “I am very excited to have Elliot lead our high performing communications team and join our management team. He will bring a mix of policy and communications experience. This is critical to ensuring that our association can continue to be a leading voice for the pharmaceutical industry on a wide range of global health issues, where our experience and insights need to be brought to the attention of decision-makers.”

He added: “I look forward to Elliot continuing the important task of explaining our contribution to bring innovation to patients and improve equitable access to lifesaving treatments and vaccines.”

Career progression

After graduating from Kings College London with a degree in history in 2007, Dunster spent more than two years working as a senior parliamentary researcher for an MP. He joined Scope as a parliamentary officer in April 2011 and was promoted to head of public affairs a year later. In 2015 he became the charity’s group head of policy, research, public affairs and press.

Dunster left Scope to join ABPI in 2016 as head of external affairs. He was promoted to executive director of comms in 2019 before becoming executive director of corporate affairs and devolved nations. During his time at the association, Elliot led its work on Brexit and was seconded to the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) between October 2017 and January 2019.

This story originally appeared on PRWeek US.