Guidance Executive considers and signs off guidance and implementation for publication. NICE holds Guidance Executive meetings every week.

Guidance Executive is made up of NICE executive directors, guidance centre directors and the communications director. The current membership is:

 
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

Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Health and Social Care

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Gillian 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.

 
Ben Bennett

Ben Bennett

Business Planning and Resources Director

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Ben 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

Health Technology Evaluation Centre Director

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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 past President of Health Technology Assessment International (2013 -2015).

 
Mark Baker

Mark Baker

Centre for Clinical Practice Director

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Mark 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 Gizbertjoined 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.

 
 

Judith Richardson

Deputy Medical Director and Programme Director - Quality and Leadership

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Judith Richardson's biography is to follow.

 
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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