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Sharmila Nebhrajani OBE

Appointed: Independent Non-Executive Director on 1 May 2020

Membership: Remuneration Committee (Chair), Corporate Sustainability Committee, Nominations Committee

Sharmila brings extensive Board and governance experience, gained in a variety of roles spanning the private sector, public sector and NGOs.  Sharmila is Chairman of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), the organisation responsible for assessing the clinical and cost effectiveness of medical innovations in the NHS, and is a Non-Executive Director at Oxford University, Halma Plc, ITV Plc and Coutts Bank.  

In her executive career, Sharmila spent 15 years at the BBC, latterly as Chief Operating Officer for BBC Future Media and Technology, and was most recently Chief Executive at Wilton Park, an executive agency of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office convening international dialogues for senior policy makers from around the world with a special focus on global health.  Previous non-executive roles include Deputy Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and Chairman of the Human Tissue Authority, and she also has served on the board of the Pension Protection Fund.

Sharmila read Medicine at the University of Oxford and has been a World Fellow at the University of Yale since 2007.  She is a chartered accountant and was awarded an OBE in 2014 for services to medical research.

Other Roles:

  • Trustee of the Thomson Reuter Founders Share Company
  • Chairman of National Institute of Health and Care Excellence
  • Non-Executive Director of ITV Plc
  • Non-Executive Director of Halma Plc
  • Non-Executive Director of Coutts & Company 
  • Member of Council of University of Oxford