Non-executive directors

David Haslam

Professor David Haslam


Professor David Haslam was a GP in Ramsey, Cambridgeshire for many years. He was president of the British Medical Association (2011-12), President (2006-9) and chairman (2001-4) of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), and vice chairman of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges. He is a visiting Professor in Primary Health Care at De Montfort University in Leicester. He is also a member of the National Quality Board and Chair of the NQB Quality Information Committee. He was formerly National Professional Advisor to the Care Quality Commission, and was chair of the NICE Evidence Accreditation Advisory Committee.

Professor Haslam chaired the Modernising Medical Careers Programme Board from 2007-9. He was co-chair of the NHS Future Forum Information subgroup, a member of the Postgraduate Medical Education Training Board, a member of NHS MEE, co-chair of the MMC Programme Board from 2006-9 and a board member of the Postgraduate Medical Education Training Board.

David is a Fellow of the RCGP, the Faculty of Public Health, the Academy of Medical Educators and the Royal College of Physicians. He has written 13 books, mainly on health topics for the lay public and translated into 13 languages, and well over a thousand articles for the medical and lay press. He was awarded the CBE in 2004 for services to Medicine and Health Care.

Andy McKeon

Andy McKeon

Vice Chair

Andy is currently Vice Chair of NICE, a role in which he has the board responsibility for the Technology Appraisal Appeal process. Andy has been a Non-executive director at NICE since 2009.

He joined the Department of Health in 1976 after graduating from Cambridge University. He became a departmental board member as Director General of Policy and Planning in 2002 with oversight of the Department of Health's policy agenda for the reform and improvement of health and social care. His post also covered all aspects of pharmaceuticals and pharmacy and the clinical and cost effective use of medicines in the NHS.

Between 2003 and 2012 Andy was a managing director at the Audit Commission, responsible for all the Commission's work in the NHS and on health matters and for general management of the Commission's field force. Andy is currently an adjunct professor at the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College and a Non-executive Director of EMIS. He is a former trustee of the Nuffield Trust and is now interim chief executive.

Andy McKeon

Dr Rosie Benneyworth

Dr Benneyworth is currently the Managing Director of the South West Academic Health Science Network (AHSN). She has spent many years as a GP principal in Somerset and she currently works for Somerset Doctors Urgent Care Service.

Prior to joining the AHSN, Rosie worked for several years as a clinical commissioner. She was on the Governing Body of Somerset CCG and was the vice-chair of Somerset Health and Wellbeing Board.

Dr Benneyworth has also been a NICE Fellow since 2013, and was a member of the group that developed the NICE guideline on Urinary Incontinence in Women.

David Hunter

Professor David J Hunter

Professor David J Hunter has been Professor of Health Policy and Management at Durham University since 2000 where he is Director of the Centre for Public Policy and Health in the School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health ( and a Wolfson Fellow in the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing. He is Deputy Director of Fuse, the UKCRC Centre for Translational Research in Public Health ( He mainly undertakes research on aspects of public health policy and practice. He co-leads the national leading health and wellbeing programme at Durham. He is a special advisor to WHO Europe on its health policy framework and strategy, Health 2020.

David is an honorary member of the Faculty of Public Health, and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. He was Chair of the UK Public Health Association between 2004 and 2009.

David lectures and publishes widely on health policy and management topics. His new book, Partnership Working in Public Health, will be published by The Policy Press in January 2014.

Elaine Inglesby-Burke

Elaine Inglesby-Burke

Elaine Inglesby-Burke has been a registered nurse since 1980. Her previous roles include being a nurse specialist manager at St Helens and Knowsley Hospital Trust and Director of Nursing at The Walton Centre in Liverpool. Most recently, Elaine was appointed Deputy Chief Executive at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. She is also on the governing body at St Helens Clinical Commissioning Group and Willowbrook Hospice in St Helens.

Elaine has also played a significant role in national health campaigns, having been a member of the Prime Minister’s Nursing and Care Quality Forum. She was also involved with the Berwick National Advisory Group on the Safety of Patients in England, which is a group of healthcare experts that was set up to examine patient safety issues in the NHS.

Last year, Elaine was awarded a CBE on the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for her services to nursing.

Tim Irish

Tim Irish

Tim Irish has worked for 30 years in the healthcare industry, both in the UK and internationally.

From 2012 to 2015, he was Chairman of the Board of Directors of Nexstim plc - a medical technology company focusing on improving rehabilitation for stroke patients.

He has worked at a senior level in international companies which produce medical products. He was global head of marketing and strategy for Phillips Medical and a Vice President for GE Medical in Europe.

Before joining the Board at NICE, Tim held a number of non-executive roles at Board level in technology businesses.

Linda Seymour

Linda Seymour

Linda Seymour (BA, MA, FRSA) has been a Non-executive Director at NICE since the end of 2009.

Linda brings a breadth of knowledge and expertise in health, public health and social care from a career spent in academia, the NHS and the not-for-profit sector. She was a research Fellow at Brighton University, focusing on effective approaches to community development and their impact on health and wellbeing in vulnerable groups.

Linda has been a board level director on the commissioning side of the NHS, at East Sussex Health Authority; and on the provision side at South Downs Health NHS Trust and at Sussex Partnership NHS Trust. Her work in public health included roles in tobacco control at Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) and at the Health Education Council (HEC).

Linda had a key role in evaluating the Health Education Authority's Health at Work in the NHS programme and she is an experienced critical appraisal skills trainer, imparting the tools to assess the rigour and reliability of quantitative and qualitative research. She was Head of Policy at the former Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health, specialising in promotion of mental health and wellbeing, multiple morbidities and employment and mental health. She is a trustee of MIND, the national association for mental health, where she sits on the audit and the business management committees and a member of the editorial board of the Journal for Public.

Jonathan Tross

Jonathan Tross CB

Jonathan Tross has been a Non-executive Director at NICE since 2007. He also chairs the NICE Audit and Risk Committee and is a Remuneration Committee and Appeal Panel member.

Jonathan is a former senior civil servant with considerable experience in delivering public services and social policy, particularly in the fields of health, social security, child protection and the rights of individuals. Since leaving the civil service he has worked for the Local Government Association, was a trustee for six years at Citizens Advice, the national body for the citizens advice movement, and has been an external case reviewer for the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman. He is also currently a Non-executive Commissioner at the Independent Police Complaints Commission (from 2009) and a non-executive Director of UK Biobank (from 2013).


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Executive directors

Sir Andrew Dillon

Sir Andrew Dillon

Chief Executive
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Sir Andrew Dillon joined the NHS in 1975 and has held a number of senior management positions, including General Manager of the Royal Free Hospital and Chief Executive of St George's Healthcare NHS Trust. He joined the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence as its founding Chief Executive in 1999.


Professor Gillian Leng CBE

Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Health and Social Care
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Professor Gillian Leng is the Deputy Chief Executive at NICE, the Director of Health and Social Care, and a visiting professor at King's College London.

Gillian trained in medicine at Leeds, and then spent several years researching the epidemiology of peripheral vascular disease at Edinburgh University. She was involved in the Cochrane Collaboration as it first became established, and still contributes as an editor to the EPOC Group (Effective Practice and Organisation of Care). She specialised in public health medicine, and worked as a consultant before moving to NICE in 2001.

At NICE, Gillian has been responsible for the initial set up and running of the clinical guidelines programme, for establishing the NICE implementation function, and for setting up NHS Evidence. More recently she has been responsible for the transfer of the National Prescribing Centre into NICE, for establishing the NICE accreditation programme, and for new work on Quality Standards across health and social care.

Gillian is also Director of the Health and Social Care Programme and since January 2015 is leading the public health team at NICE.

Ben Bennett

Ben Bennett

Director of Business Planning and Resources
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Ben Bennett joined NICE in 2003. As director of business planning and resources, Ben is responsible for the Institute's business planning process and corporate services including finance, human resources, information technology, estates and facilities.

Ben graduated from the University of Keele with a degree in economics and computer science. He trained as an accountant on the NHS graduate financial management scheme and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).

Before joining NICE Ben worked for the Audit Commission, where he was involved in a range of work including value for money reviews and financial audit for both health and local government clients. Before this he worked as a Finance Manager within the NHS.

Carole Longson

Professor Carole Longson

Director, Centre for Health Technology Evaluation, NICE
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Carole is Director of the Centre for Health Technology Evaluation at NICE. She has a doctorate in Pharmacology and spent 8 years at GlaxoSmithKline Research working on the development of novel pharmaceuticals in various therapeutic areas.

Carole has previously been involved in health technology assessment as Director of the Evidence Research Unit. She contributes to a number of international policy forums, including the WHO advisory group on Priority Medical Devices and the Scientific Committee of the Innovative Medicines Initiative. She is Honorary Professor of Health Technology Assessment at the University of Manchester, UK and currently President of Health Technology Assessment International.


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Mark Baker

Mark Baker

Centre for Guidelines Director
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Mark Baker is the Director of the Centre for Guidelines (CfG) and is responsible for designing and operating methods and systems to produce clinical guidelines for the NHS. CfG is also responsible for the work of the Medicines and Prescribing Centre including summaries of evidence on new medicines and unlicensed and off-label medicines and the management of the contract for the British National Formulary.

Before joining NICE, Mark was Lead Cancer Clinician at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals and National Clinical Lead for Cancer Peer Review. He has previously worked in transplantation, academic medicine and public health medicine and was Chief Executive of Bradford Teaching Hospitals for six years and a Director of Research and Development.

Jane Gizbert

Jane Gizbert

Communications Director
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Jane Gizbert joined NICE in 2008 and is responsible for the delivery of the institute's strategic communications programme. Jane graduated from the University of New Brunswick in Canada with an BA Honours degree in Political Science. She subsequently obtained an MA in this field from Carleton University in Ottawa and went on to undertake a graduate journalism programme at the same university.

Immediately before joining NICE, Jane was head of corporate communications at the Medical Research Council, the UK's largest publicly funded medical research organisation. Her remit covered the full spectrum of corporate communications, from strategic development, public involvement and consultation, to media relations and brand management. Jane has worked extensively in the political field in Canada, including as Press secretary for the official opposition and former prime minister of Canada, and as Director of communications, Canadian Federation of Labour.

Jane has also held senior positions in charitable organisations including the Scout Association and the International Planned Parenthood Federation.

Alexia Tonnel

Alexia Tonnel

Director of Evidence Resources
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Alexia Tonnel is director of Evidence Resources. She is responsible for the delivery of the NHS Evidence and UK PharmaScan services and leads the information management and technology, user research and information services resources of NICE.

Alexia studied business and management in France after which she completed a Master of Science in International Accounting and Finance at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Before joining NICE, Alexia was a Director with Deloitte where she advised a range of clients in the healthcare and life science industries on policy and strategy development as well as programme implementation.


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Board committees

The NICE Board has the following

  • Audit and Risk Committee 
  • Remuneration and Terms of Service Committee 

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Board expenses