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Jennifer Dixon: Not shy about public health

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g2104 (Published 20 March 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2104

In the latest in its series asking the movers and shakers of the medical world about work, life, and less serious matters, the BMJ spoke to the chief executive of the Health Foundation


Jennifer Dixon has been chief executive of the Health Foundation charity since October 2013. She has held posts as chief executive of the Nuffield Trust, director of policy at the King’s Fund, and policy adviser to the chief executive of the NHS from 1998 to 2000. Originally trained in medicine, Jennifer practised mainly paediatric medicine before pursuing a career in policy analysis. She has a masters degree in public health and a PhD in health services research.

What was your earliest ambition?

To play Cleopatra. But I was always the shyest girl at school, and I ran a mile from acting …

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