Dr Tom Kenny

Medical Director and CEO



Tom started his professional career in General Practice using improvement science to transform his own Practice. From there he moved into NHS management and then into Public Health Medicine.


Tom has worked at every level of commissioning in the NHS as clinical director for practice based commissioning, director of commissioning for a primary care trust, medical adviser for specialised commissioning and medical adviser for national highly specialised commissioning. During this time Tom worked with NSCAG, NCG, and AGNSS in the programme evaluating drugs for use in rare diseases that became the NICE process for evaluating drugs for Ultra-Orphan diseases.


Tom was director of external relations and then director of research delivery and impact for the NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies Co-ordinating Centre. During this time Tom oversaw the delivery of a portfolio of >800 active research projects across 5 of the NIHR programmes and led the work supporting NICE’s articulation of future research needs and worked with each guideline group to ensure that research recommendations where well-constructed and articulated.


Tom has worked with a number of pharmaceutical companies supporting the design of research, interpretations of finding and articulation of evidence to facilitate better payer decision-making.


Tom now works for Spoonful of Sugar leading the core team, ensuring the delivery of their research programmes and overseeing the clinical content of all projects.

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