Bridget Ogilvie spent 20 years as a research scientist studying the immune response to infection mostly at the UK National Institute for Medical Research, then worked for the Wellcome Trust for 19 years, finally as its Director 1991-1998. The Wellcome Trust had a particular interest in mental disorders/ diseases at that time because the general public donates so little money to these conditions. Since then, she has led a non-executive career including Directorships of AstraZeneca and Lloyds TSB and involvement with many charities such as Autistica. She was Chair of the Association of Medical Research Charities and the Lister Institute and currently deputy chair of Sense about Science. She is particularly well known for her lifetime commitment to public engagement with science.