Chair Professor Sir Michael Rawlins, clinical pharmacologist, formerly chair of the Committee on Safety of Medicines.

Chief executive Andrew Dillon, chief executive, St George's Healthcare trust, south-west London, since 1991. Previous posts at the Royal London Hospital and the Royal Free Hospital.

Board members Professor Tony Culyer, health economist, author of Culyer report on research and development funding and vice-chair North Yorkshire HA; Roy Luff, non-executive director North West Wales trust, former managing director of the Aluminium Corporation; Dr Parveen Kumar, consultant, director of continuing professional development at the Royal College of Physicians; Dr Susanna Lawrence, GP, non-executive member Leeds HA, board member National Primary Care R&D Centre; and Mary McClarey, nurse manager, has represented the Royal College of Nursing nationally and led work on clinical effectiveness.