Belinda Phipps graduated with a BSc Hons in Microbiology. She joined Glaxo Pharmaceuticals becoming UK Marketing Manager. Whilst completing an MBA at Ashridge Management College she joined the Blood Transfusion Service as Chief Executive with a view to leading a merger. After a period managing a Medical Publishing company she became Chief Executive of an NHS Trust. Belinda joined the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) as Chief Executive in 1999. She became Chief Executive of the Science Council in 2015 was Chair of the Fawcett Society and Chair of the NMC Appointments Board and a PipUK Patron. Since then has had a spell at the BMA as interim CEO and is now interim CEO for the drug alcohol and mental health charity WithYou. She has also been a local councillor and runs the  local Transition Town group.