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Nicola Burns

Nicola Burns

Managing Director, Ashfield Meetings & Events and Insight & Performance

United Kingdom

Nicola is the Global Managing Director of event and communications agency, Ashfield Meetings & Events, and business analytics and insights agency Ashfield Insight & Performance. She is based in the UK and leads a team of over 350 professionals across Europe and the US.

Having spent her whole career working in, and for, the Pharmaceutical Industry her time with Ashfield spans over 12 years.  During that time she has held senior leadership positions in the Ashfield Division in sales, business services, training and HR. She joined the Ashfield Meetings & Events Board as Operational Effectiveness Director in 2012.  In addition to her focus on delivering performance improvement throughout the business, Nicola was instrumental in guiding the business through acquisitions and subsequent mergers.  Nicola was appointed as Global Managing Director in 2013 and is also part of the Ashfield Division senior executive team.

Our People

We provide insight-led multichannel solutions for our clients working on a global, regional or local level across Europe, the USA and Asia. Our clients trust us to deliver integrated programmes and campaigns targeted at multiple audiences that exceed expectations.

Julian Tompkins

Julian Tompkins

President Ashfield Commercial & Clinical

Nicola Burns

Nicola Burns

Managing Director, Ashfield Meetings & Events and Insight & Performance

Our values

We are defined by the values we share

Our values guide everything we do. They motivate our attitudes, actions, decisions and relationships with customers, suppliers and each other.


We’re driven by an uncompromising commitment to quality because patients’ lives depend on it.


Our partnerships are built on trust, and that trust is earned by consistently delivering on our promises.


We’re committed to solving problems, being resourceful and thinking differently for our clients every day.


We have a wealth of knowledge and experience built up over many years, so there’s nobody better to safeguard your success.


Our energy, imagination and enthusiasm mean we can deliver your goals, whatever they are.