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Niall Dickson

 Niall  Dickson
Niall (pronounced Neil) Dickson is the Chief Executive of the General Medical Council.

Niall Dickson was educated at Glasgow Academy, Edinburgh Academy and at Edinburgh University. He taught for two years at a comprehensive school in Edinburgh before joining the policy and research body, the National Corporation for the Care of Old People (now the Centre for Policy on Ageing). From there he went to Age Concern England, first as a Press Officer and later as Head of Publishing.

In 1981 he took over as Editor of Therapy, a weekly newspaper for the remedial professions, and in 1983 was appointed Editor of Nursing Times. During his editorship the journal doubled its circulation and won a string of awards including, on two occasions, the magazine industry's top accolade 'Business and Professional Periodical of the Year'.

In 1988 Niall moved to the BBC as Health Correspondent and went on to become Chief Social Affairs Correspondent. He became Social Affairs Editor in 1995 where he headed a team of more than 80 journalists covering all aspects of social policy.

His day to day work concentrated on the BBC TV Ten O'clock News and the Today programme on Radio 4. He has also been responsible for numerous television and radio programmes on health and social issues.

In 1997 he won the Charles Fletcher Medical Broadcaster of the Year Award from the British Medical Association, and in 2002 won a nomination in the Royal Television Society Awards.

Niall joined the King’s Fund the independent health think tank, training and development organisation at the beginning of 2004. He is a member of the NHS Modernisation Board and chair of the Department of Health’s Direct Payments Steering Group. He sits on the University of Warwick Faculty of Medicine Advisory Board and is a member of the Royal College of Physicians working party on medical professionalism.

He is married, lives in Kent and has three children.


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