Ms. Taber has over 30 years in both the Pharmaceutical/Biotech and CRO sectors of the research community. An accomplished and proven leader with expertise in driving and delivering global projects successfully and collaborating with leaders to implement business plans. Alison has proven to be a strategic thinker and team builder, she excels in mentoring and coaching teams to drive professional development and aligning staff to corporate goals.
Alison holds a Diploma in Environment and Development completed through the Open University, a Higher National Diploma in Applied Biology from the Dundalk Institute of Technology, and a B.S. degree in Nursing from the English National Board in the UK.
Her career in healthcare began as a staff nurse in General Medicine at St. Albans City Hospital in England, followed later by a move to Orthopedics before pivoting to a career in Pharmacovigilance with Astra Pharmaceuticals. From Pharma, Alison transitioned into the CRO environment, serving in many capacities across all study phases, multiple therapeutic groups far beyond the previously mentioned Gen. Med and Orthopedics), and in both pre and post marketing. She quickly rose through the leadership ranks of some of the largest CROs in the industry including ICON Clinical Research, IQVIA, Synteract, Syneos Health, PPD, Theorem Clinical Research, Chiltern, and Covance. Alison held high-level leadership positions in Global Project Management, Alliance Management, Global Operations, Data Management, Study Start-up, Site & Patient Recruiting, and IRB services (successfully represented and presented the company in the sale and transition from the founder and CEO to Venture Capital investors) in both large and mid-size CRO’s and clinical service companies.
Most recently prior to joining CRC, Ms. Taber served as the Senior Vice President of Project Management Operations, at Synteract (a Syneos Company), where she was responsible for driving the fiscal, operational, and strategic goals globally for the Project Management, Feasibility, and Clinical Project Central business unit(s). She was responsible for leading key business unit initiatives to help build internal capabilities and efficiencies with processes and systems, providing overall direction of the business units in the hiring, mentoring, professional development, and performance management of the staff and a portfolio of work exceeding $600MM. In addition, she was responsible for ensuring cross-functional and global alignment of corporate goals and driving business performance measured by key performance metrics.
Ms. Taber joined CRC as the Head of Data Management in May 2022. She quickly proved to be an exceptional leader, collaborator, and change agent for CRC and their clients, resulting in her promotion to Chief Operating Officer in December 2022. Ms. Taber’s focus since joining is on spearheading key business initiatives to create process efficiencies, and improve performance and quality to serve our clients better.
She is a huge fan of all things Disney and visits the parks as often as humanly possible. She is also an RV enthusiast, and she splits her time between Hilton Head, South Carolina and Celebration, Florida (i.e., the town that Disney built).