Rashmi Choudhury has been brought in to help the charity better communicate with key audiences in government and the scientific community.
Choudhury said: ‘My challenge is to understand our relationships with stakeholders and identify areas for focus.'
As well as increasing the trust's profile in Westminster and among medical researchers, Choudhury will be responsible for internal relations. She reports to head of comms Susannah Randall, who joined at the beginning of the year (PRWeek, 10 February).
Part of Randall's remit was to build the charity's comms function, and Choudhury is the latest addition to a 40-strong team.
Before joining the trust she spent seven years in government communications, most recently as head of communications for the EU at the FCO. She also headed up comms for the UK presidency of the EU last year.
The Wellcome Trust is second only to The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in terms of charitable medical research. It distributes over £400m a year in grants.
The 70-year-old organisation is due to open its first ‘public face' next year - a multi-million-pound cultural centre on London's Euston Road.
As well as putting its work (which includes the funding of projects such as human genome sequencing and the UK Biobank) on display, it will also host conferences and exhibitions from June 2007.