NHS Digital Board


Our Board is made up of our executive directors and non-executive directors, and reports the the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC).

The NHS Digital board is our most senior decision-making body, accountable to the public, Parliament and the Secretary of State for Health. Our clinical leadership team members are all experienced front line health and care staff, who make sure we always get the best outcomes for patients and health and care workers. Our executive team is a group of our most senior staff, who take responsibility for specific areas of our work.

Noel Gordon, Chair

Noel is Chairman of NHS Digital (HSCIC), Chairman of Healthcare UK Advisory Board, a non-executive director of NHS England and Chair of its Specialised Commissioning Committee. He is a member of the Life Sciences Industrial Strategy Board of the Department of Health, a non-executive director of the Payments Systems Regulator and a member of the University of Warwick Council and of the Audit and Risk Committee. Noel is a member of the Development Board of Age UK, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of UserVoice.org.

Formerly an economist and a banker, Noel spent most of his career in consultancy until his retirement in 2012 including, for the last 16 years, with Accenture where he was global managing director of the Banking Industry Practice. He has extensive practical experience of driving fundamental innovations in transforming industries, and of big data, analytics, mobile and digital technologies.

Sarah Wilkinson, Chief Executive

Sarah Wilkinson

Sarah Wilkinson became our Chief Executive in August 2017.

Executive reponsibilities

  • Member of digital delivery board
  • Chair of the operations board
  • International strategy
  • Innovation (from 14 August)

Find out more about Sarah.

Sir Ian Andrews

Sir Ian Andrews has been a Non-Executive Director of NHS Digital since 2013.

Find out more about Ian.

Dr Marko Balabanovic

Marko leads on innovation, emerging technologies, partnerships and technology transfers on the Board.

Find out more about Marko.

Daniel Benton

On the Board of NHS Digital, Daniel leads for I.T. delivery excellence, operational transformation and technology strategy.

Find out more about Daniel.

Dr Sarah Blackburn

Dr Sarah Blackburn chairs the NHS Digital Assurance and Risk Committee.

Find out more about Sarah.

Professor Soraya Dhillon, MBE

On the Board for NHS Digital, Soraya leads for clinical safety and governance, echannels and diversity and inclusion.

Find out more about Soraya.

Professor Sudhesh Kumar

On the Board of NHS Digital, Sudhesh leads for big data, the research sector, clinical informatics/medtech and life sciences strategy.

Find out more about Sudhesh.

Professor Martin Severs

Martin Severs - Medical Director

Professor Martin Severs is our Medical Director and Caldicott Guardian.

Executive responsibilities

  • Medical Director and Caldicott Guardian,
  • Standards and Standards Implementation

Executive sponsor: Information management and clinical

  • Information standards
  • Information assurance, clinical

Find out more about Martin.

Rob Shaw

Rob Shaw 2

Rob was appointed as NHS Digital's Deputy Chief Executive in August 2017, after serving as Interim Chief Executive in early 2017 and Chief Operating Officer since April 2016.

Find out more about Rob

Rob Tinlin, MBE

Rob Tinlin, MBE leads on integrated care, digitising social care, change management and organisational development.

Find out more about Rob.

Carl Vincent

carl vincent

Carl joined NHS Digital in June 2013 on secondment from the Department of Health and was appointed on a permanent basis in June 2015.

Executive responsibilities

  • Chief financial officer
  • Finance and commercial

  • Corporate portfolio office (benefits). 

Executive sponsor: Corporate and operational development

  • Business and operational delivery
  • finance
  • knowledge management.

Further information

  1. NHS Digital board directors expenses

    Board expenses for the new HSCIC organisation are published here when available. These documents cover all travel and accommodation costs incurred and business expenses claimed during each quarter by our Board members. Future information will be published as close to the quarter end as possible.