Professor Gillian Leng CBE

Deputy Chief Executive, NICE

Gillian Leng is the Deputy Chief Executive at NICE, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, 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 establishing the NICE accreditation programme, for new work on Quality Standards and for setting up NICE’s programme on safe staffing.

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