Deputy Director for Healthy Behaviours, Department of Health and Social Care
Dr Tim Baxter is Deputy Director for Healthy Behaviours at the Department of Health in London, a position he has held since summer 2016. His work covers alcohol, drugs, nutrition, physical activity for adults, sexual and reproductive health and tobacco control.
Tim joined the Department of Health in 1991 after completing academic research. Since then, he has worked in a range of policy roles, including tobacco control, mental health and primary care policy, run a judicial inquiry and led work on legislation. He also worked on several change management programmes. Tim worked within the National Health Service for eighteen months, including a year as Director of Strategy at University Hospital Lewisham NHS Trust, and then led a review of the UK response to the 2009 Influenza Pandemic. After returning to the Department in 2010, Tim led the reforms to the public health system in England before working on the response to Ebola and taking forward work on global health security.