NICE appoints two new directors

 NICE has appointed two new directors to join its Senior Management Team after the departure of Professor Peter Littlejohns and the retirement of Dr Fergus Macbeth.

Professor Mark Baker (pictured) has been appointed Director of the Centre for Clinical Practice and Alexia Tonnel will join as Director of Evidence Resources.

Sir Andrew Dillon, NICE Chief Executive, says the two have “a wealth of experience in their respective fields”.

Professor Mark Baker has previously worked as Chief Executive of Bradford Teaching Hospitals, Director of Research and Development for the Yorkshire Region and Director of the Yorkshire Cancer Network.

He has worked at NICE for almost a decade on the Guidelines Programme and has chaired two clinical guideline development groups. Since 2009, Professor Baker has also worked as a consultant advisor to the Institute.

“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,” commented Professor Baker.

New Director of Evidence Resources Alexia Tonnel also has previous experience of working with NICE. For the past two years she has worked as a Programme Director redesigning and managing the processes for the provision of content into NHS Evidence and leading the development of new products.

She commented: “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.”

Alexia Tonnel will begin her role 12 March and Professor Baker start his position on 2 April 2012.