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.

Margaret Helliwell

Dr Margaret Helliwell

Vice Chair

Dr Margaret Helliwell has been a Non-executive Director at NICE since 2007. Maggie is currently Vice Chair of NICE, a role in which she has the board responsibility for the Technology Appraisal Appeal process. A practising GP in West Yorkshire, Maggie has 40 years experience of working in the NHS. She was formerly a national GP advisor to the Department of Health, a member of the National Prescribing Centre Steering Committee, a medical director and clinical governance lead for a Primary Care Trust, and Deputy Medical Director and Caldicott Guardian of her local district general hospital.

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.

Finbarr Martin

Professor Finbarr Martin

Professor Finbarr Martin is a consultant in general and geriatric medicine at Guy´s and St Thomas´ NHS Foundation Trust. He is also honorary professor of medical gerontology at Kings College London.

After training in general medicine and completing research in the clinical and biochemical aspects of acquired muscle wasting in adults, Finbarr trained in geriatric medicine at Hammersmith Hospital, London, and was appointed consultant physician in general and geriatric medicine at St Thomas' Hospital in 1984. He has worked in a broad range of services for older people in acute hospitals and in community settings.

His clinical work currently includes inpatient acute care and rehabilitation, including orthogeriatrics, clinics for Parkinson's disease and other mobility problems, and medical support for community based Intermediate Care and care homes in Lambeth, London. He has led the development and evaluation of novel clinical service models for older people, including several national 'firsts', such as domiciliary based intermediate care and a specialist team to support care home residents. His research interests are in the 'geriatric syndromes' of falls, frailty and delirium and service innovations to address these clinical challenges.

He has led national audit programmes on falls and fragility fractures, and is co-chair of the DH-funded but clinically-led National Hip Fracture Database. He is past president of the British Geriatrics Society.

Rona McCandlish

Professor Rona McCandlish

Professor Rona McCandlish has been a Non-executive Director at NICE since 2007. Rona began her career in the NHS as an auxiliary nurse in 1974 in Scotland. She trained as a registered nurse, then a mental health nurse and has been a practicing midwife since 1985. She was Chair of the National Collaborating Centre for Women's and Children's Health from 2004-2007 and was Chair for the NICE Postnatal Care Guideline Development Group.

In 2008 she was appointed a Non-executive Director of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and has recently been re-appointed as a NED for ‘new' NICE (the National Institute for Heath and Care Excellence).

Rona was appointed as Midwifery Professional Adviser for the Professional Leadership Team at the Department of Health in 2009. She took up this role on secondment from the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit at Oxford University where she set up the ground-breaking Birthplace in England research programme.

Her portfolio at DH included professional regulation and she worked closely with the Nursing and Midwifery Council on midwifery issues. She was Clinical Professional Member of the DH team for the independent review of indemnity and insurance cover for health professionals.

As DH lead for the Midwifery 2020 Programme in England she worked with members of the public, women using maternity services and their families, midwives, educationalists, doctors and a wide range of other health and social care professionals to shape policy for midwifery education, practice and services. She now works as National Professional Advisor - Midwifery at the Care Quality Commission.

Andy McKeon

Andy McKeon

Andy McKeon 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.

Bill Mumford

Bill Mumford

Bill Mumford is the CEO of the charity MacIntyre, a position he has held for over 18 years. He is currently seconded four days a week as director of the National Winterbourne View Joint Improvement Programme. He is also chairman of the National Market Development Forum, board member of the Think Local, Act Personal partnership, board member of Valuing People Now and a member of the Nursing and Care Quality Forum.

Throughout his career Bill has worked in the independent disability sector and has consistently championed the right of people with disabilities to take increasing control of their own lives. MacIntyre is a multiple award winning organization known for its service innovation and workforce quality. Bill is passionate about person centred approaches facilitated by great interactions.

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 Clinical Practice Director
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Mark Baker is the Director of the Centre for Clinical Practice (CCP) and is responsible for designing and operating methods and systems to produce clinical guidelines for the NHS. CCP 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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