Non-executive directors

David Haslam

Sir David Haslam

Sir David Haslam is past-President and past Chairman of Council of the Royal College of General Practitioners, past-President of the British Medical Association, a former vice-chairman of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, visiting Professor in Primary Health Care at de Montfort University, Leicester, and Professor of General Practice at the University of Nicosia, Cyprus.

He was a GP in Ramsey, Cambridgeshire, for many years and has been an expert member of the NHS National Quality Board, chair of the NQB Quality Information Committee, and National Clinical Adviser to both the Care Quality Commission and the Healthcare Commission.

Sir David is a Fellow of the:

  • Royal College of GPs
  • Faculty of Public Health
  • Academy of Medical Educators
  • Royal Society of Medicine
  • Royal College of Physicians.

He’s 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.

In 2014 he was named by Debretts and the Sunday Times as one of the 500 most influential and inspirational people in the United Kingdom. He was awarded a CBE in 2004 for services to medicine and health care, and has been awarded honorary doctorates by the University of Birmingham and the University of East Anglia.

In 2018 he was knighted for his services to NHS Leadership.

Tim Irish

Tim Irish
Vice Chair

Tim has worked in the life sciences industry for thirty years. His career has spanned global health technology companies across Europe and North America, including GSK, GE and Philips.

Between 2007 and 2015 he served on ten Boards, five as Chair, where he successfully executed two trade sales and raised significant equity financing, including an IPO. Tim’s current governance portfolio covers Life Sciences, Healthcare and Education, both public and private, including board roles as Non-Executive Director at NICE, various European MedTech Supervisory Board roles, and Professor of Practice at King’s College London’s School of Management and Business.

In his role as Vice Chair, Tim oversees the technology appraisals and highly specialised technologies appeals process.

Sheena Asthana

Professor Sheena Asthana

Professor Sheena Asthana is Professor of Health Policy at the University of Plymouth. Her research and teaching focus is on inequalities in health and health care, international public health and evidence-based public health.

She has worked with NICE to produce systematic reviews, evidence synthesis and economic analyses to inform our public health programme. Sheena brings experience of a wide variety of board appointments.

Martin Cowie

Professor Martin R Cowie

Professor Martin Cowie is Professor of Cardiology at Imperial College and an Honorary Consultant Cardiologist at the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust. Since 2003 he has been a clinical advisor for NICE on our acute and chronic heart failure guidelines, quality standards, commissioning guides, patient decision aids, and technology appraisals. In 2012 he became a NICE Specialty Advisor for cardiovascular interventions.

His major clinical and research interests are in health technology assessment and the delivery of efficient and effective care for patients with heart failure, focusing on new technologies: diagnostics, drugs or devices.

Elaine Inglesby-Burke

Elaine Inglesby-Burke CBE

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.

Rima Makaren

Dr Rima Makarem

Dr Rima Makarem has been Audit Chair in several NHS organisations, recently at NHS London and now at University College London Hospital. She is also the Chair for the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC), an Independent Council Member at St George’s University of London and a Board Trustee at Anchor Trust, a leading national provider of care homes and sheltered accommodation.

Rima has previously worked in the pharmaceutical industry in a number of roles including Director of Competitive Excellence at GlaxoSmithKline.

Rima is Chair of our audit and risk committee and is our senior independent director.

Tom Wright

Tom Wright CBE

Tom Wright CBE is Chief Executive of Guide Dogs for the blind. He is also a trustee of the Leeds Castle Foundation and the charity Doteveryone, championing responsible technology for a fairer future.

He was previously CEO of Age UK and Age International, dedicated to helping everyone make the most of later life. As well as this he was Chair of the Richmond Group of 14 leading health charities working together as a collective voice to better influence health and social care for the 15 million people living with long term conditions.

Tom has extensive experience in the health and social care sector with a particular expertise in ageing and age related research. This includes being a founder member of the Global Council on Brain Health and developing integrated health and social care pathways.


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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. She is also our Caldicott Guardian.

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.

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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Jane Gizbert

Jane Gizbert
Communications Director

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Jane 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.

Meindert Boysen

Meindert Boysen

Centre for Health Technology Evaluation Director

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Meindert is Director of the Centre for Health Technology Evaluation. After qualifying as a pharmacist, he worked in a hospital in the Netherlands, and held positions in health outcomes and sales in the pharmaceutical industry.

Meindert completed an MSc in Health Policy Planning and Financing at The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the London School of Economics & Political Sciences and briefly worked for the King’s Fund before starting at NICE in 2004. Meindert is currently on the board of directors for ISPOR (The International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research), 2017 – 2020.

Paul Chrisp

Dr Paul Chrisp
Director of the Centre for Guidelines

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Paul is Director of the Centre for Guidelines. Paul has been with NICE since March 2009, where he was responsible for setting up our accreditation programme for guideline developers. More recently, he was Programme Director of the Medicines and Technologies Programme.

Before joining NICE, Paul spent over 20 years in international medical publishing and communications, focusing on evidence to aid healthcare decision making and the adoption of new medicines. Paul trained as a pharmacist and is a member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.


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Board committees

The NICE board has the following

  • audit and risk committee 
  • remuneration committee.

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Board expenses