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 is Chairman of the NHS Digital Board, as well as Chair of the Talent, Remuneration and Management Committee. He is also non-executive director of NHS England and Chair of Healthcare UK’s Advisory Board.
Noel was formerly a member of the Life Sciences Industrial Strategy Board, the Accelerated Access Review and Chair of NHS England’s Specialised Services Commissioning Committee.
Professor Sudhesh Kumar, OBE
On the Board of NHS Digital, Sudhesh leads big data, the research sector, clinical informatics/medtech and life sciences strategy.
Dr Marko Balabanovic
Marko leads on innovation, emerging technologies, partnerships and technology transfers on the Board.
Professor Soraya Dhillon, MBE
On the Board of NHS Digital, Soraya leads for clinical safety and governance, echannels and diversity and inclusion.
On the Board of NHS Digital, Daniel leads for I.T. delivery excellence, operational transformation and technology strategy.
Deborah Oakley is a non-executive director on the NHS Digital Board. She joined the Board on 1 July 2018 and leads on assurance and risk. She chairs the Assurance and Risk Committee (ARC).
Rob Tinlin, MBE
Rob Tinlin, MBE leads on integrated care, digitising social care, change management and organisational development.
Balram Veliath is a non-executive director on the NHS Digital Board. He joined the Board on 1 July 2018, leading on culture, values and stakeholder relations.
John Noble CBE
John Noble CBE is a non-executive director on the NHS Digital Board. He joined the Board on 1 July 2018 and leads for information and cyber security, along with chairing the Information and Cyber Security Committee (IACSC).
Executive Board members
Sarah Wilkinson, Chief Executive
Sarah Wilkinson became our Chief Executive in August 2017.
- Member of digital delivery board
- Chair of the operations board
- International strategy
- Innovation (from 14 August)
Pete Rose, Deputy CEO
Pete Rose joined NHS Digital in May 2020 as Deputy CEO and leads the Live Services, Cyber Security, Solutions Assurance and Infrastructure functions. Alongside this, he has also adopted the new role of Chief Information Security Officer for the Health and Social Care System.
Carl Vincent, Chief Financial Officer
- Chief financial officer
Finance and commercial
Corporate portfolio office (benefits).
Executive sponsor: Corporate and operational development
- Business and operational delivery
- knowledge management
Professor Jonathan Benger Acting Interim Chief Medical Officer
Professor Jonathan Benger is the Acting Interim Chief Medical Officer of NHS Digital. Between May 2013 and July 2019 Jonathan was the National Clinical Director for Urgent Care at NHS England, and led reform of the ambulance services and wider emergency care system, including implementation of the NHS England review of Urgent and Emergency Care, the development of the NHS Long Term Plan and the Emergency Care Data Set. Before 2013 Jonathan chaired the Clinical Effectiveness Committee of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine and served on the College’s Council and Executive.
Ex-officio Board members
Matthew is the CEO for NHSX, a new body set up to ensure that staff and patients have the technology they need.
Dr Simon Eccles
Dr Simon Eccles is the Chief Clinical Information Officer for Health and Care. His role spans the Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England, NHS Improvement and the arms-length bodies.
Board expenses cover all travel and accommodation costs incurred and business expenses claimed during each quarter by our Board members.