Professor Nicholas Mays is Professor of Health Policy in the Department of Health Services Research and Policy at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine where he has been since 2003.
He also directs the National Institute for Health Research-funded Policy Innovation and Evaluation Research Unit. The Policy Research Unit aims to engage a multi-disciplinary team of researchers in analysis and evaluation of national policy innovations at the earliest stage of their development. The Unit’s work covers the whole span of the Department of Health and Social Care in England, including health services, social care and public health.
Nicholas has a background in social policy, policy analysis and health policy evaluation.
As well as spells in the NHS, he has experience as a policy advisor in central government, having been Principal Health Policy Advisor in the New Zealand Treasury, 1998-2003. He continues to advise the New Zealand Ministry of Health and New Zealand Treasury on health system strategy and organisation.
From 1994 to 1998 he was Director of Research at The King's Fund.
He is currently a trustee and board member of the Centre for Ageing Better, a charitable foundation, funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, and part of the Government’s What Works Network.
Overall, Nicholas has over 40 years' experience in health services research, policy evaluation and analysis.