Ambily started her career as a post-doctoral scientist, following a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology. She spent almost a decade working in academia (at Imperial College and UCL), and moved to the Pharmaceutical sector in 2007. Within GSK she has held increasingly senior roles in Global Regulatory Affairs, Audit and Assurance and Compliance. In her current role, as Director, Therapeutic Group within Global Regulatory Affairs, she is accountable for governance activities for the HIV (ViiV) portfolio. Since Sept 2019, she has been co-leading the EMBRACE Employee Resource Group at GSK, and has worked with senior leaders including the Chief Executive Team to highlight some of the challenges faced by Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic colleagues. As a direct result of EMBRACE activities, significant actions have been implemented, including mandatory inclusion training for almost 100,000 GSK employees; ethnic minority sponsorship programmes rolled out, and aspirational targets have been set for senior levels of the organisation. Embrace membership has grown 500% under her leadership.
Ambily also serves on the Board of a not-for-profit ‘Microbit Educational Foundation’ (founded by the BBC and Microsoft), and a local charity ‘Slough Council for Voluntary Services’. Ambily is also a mentor for the Brunel University Widening Participation Scheme. She was recognised in the 2021 (ranked 3) and 2020 (ranked 57) Empower Ethnic Minority Future Leader Lists, and was nominated by GSK as the 2021 Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association Rising Star. She is an active advocate for Inclusion, Diversity and Equity. She is passionate about ensuring the next generation have equal access to opportunities. Ambily set up a Dr. How - career advice YouTube channel to provide mentoring advice to those who don’t have access to individuals who work in the corporate world.