NICE announces appointment of two new directors
NICE today announced that it has appointed two new directors to join its Senior Management Team.
Professor Mark Baker will become Director of the Centre for Clinical Practice at NICE from 2 April, and Alexia Tonnel will be NICE's Director of Evidence Resources from 12 March.
The appointments follow the departure of Professor Peter Littlejohns to take up an academic post, and the retirement of Dr Fergus Macbeth.
Professor Baker has been involved with the NICE Guidelines Programme for nearly a decade, has worked as a consultant adviser to NICE since 2009, and has chaired two clinical guideline development groups.
Prior to this, Professor Baker's posts have included Chief Executive of Bradford Teaching Hospitals, and medical director roles at North Yorkshire health authority, West Yorkshire strategic health authority and Leeds Teaching Hospitals.
He has additionally held lead clinician responsibilities for the National Cancer Action Team.
Alexia Tonnel has been a Programme Director at NICE for the past two years. Her duties have included redesigning and managing the processes for the provision of content into NHS Evidence, and leading the development of new products, such as the Evidence Updates.
Previously, Alexia was a Director at Deloitte, which involved advising clients in healthcare and life sciences industries on policy and strategy development.
Sir Andrew Dillon, Chief Executive of NICE, said: “I am delighted that Mark Baker and Alexia Tonnel will be joining our Senior Management Team.
“Both have a wealth of experience in their respective fields and I am looking forward to working with them.”
Professor Baker commented: “I am truly delighted and honoured to be able to lead the guidelines and prescribing centre work and to join the Senior Management Team in taking forward the challenging work programme for NICE in the coming years.”
Alexia Tonnel added: “I am very pleased to be asked to lead the Evidence Resources directorate and honoured to be managing this highly talented and dedicated team.
“I look forward to working with the Senior Management Team of NICE to prepare for and implement the continued transition of the organisation and its products into a new digital era.”
6 March 2012